Developmental Editing for Researchers & Non-Fiction Writers

From £0.02/word, depending on sample and timeframe.

What is developmental editing?

This service helps you develop the structure of your paper/book and strengthen your arguments. It will also identify weak points, ambiguities and issues with logic or narrative flow.

In addition, I will show you how to improve the overall quality of your writing, enabling you to save future costs on editing services.


What developmental editing is not

This service is focused on helping you develop your argument and writing skills. It isn’t a substitute for copy-editing or proofreading and comes in at an earlier stage of the writing.

While I will suggest how to improve aspects of your writing and grammar, I won’t do a thorough word-by-word edit to clean up language-related issues.

If you need such a service, then take a look at my proofreading and copy-editing services. 


My teaching & editing Expertise

I have a PhD in Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies, an MA in Politics, and a BA in History and English Literature. I’ve been working as a freelance editor since 2015.

While my academic background is primarily in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, I can still help writers doing scientific, medical or technical subjects as the service focuses less on content and more on how information is presented and arguments are made and supported.

I was also an English language teacher for 15+ years, during which I developed the ability to give high-quality feedback and teach people how to improve their writing and communication skills.


What you get

  1. A half-page report on the overall strengths & weaknesses of your paper, focusing on critical engagement with other scholars, coherence and strength of the argument in relation to the question, and writing quality. I will also advise which areas you should focus on in your next draft.
  2. Comments throughout your paper/book to identify weak points and ambiguities, plus suggestions on how to strengthen your argument, improve the coherence and cohesion of your paragraphs and develop stronger writing skills.



  • Ambiguities at sentence level and in the overall argument
  • Appropriateness of introduction and conclusion
  • Headings and titles: appropriate and clear
  • Structure of the paper: logical, contains all elements required.
  • Coherence, concision, logic and flow of paragraphs and sentences
  • Level of critical engagement with other scholars
  • Weaknesses in the argument/supporting evidence
  • Footnotes, endnotes and citations – proper use and formatting
  • Quality of the writing

“Improve the quality of your writing and ensure your arguments have maximum impact.”