Developmental Editing

Proof Positive can provide a “big picture” look at your book

We’ll concentrate on your book’s goals, intent, theme, and structure. We ensure that each chapter starts and ends at the right place and supports your main plot and any sub-plots. We’ll flag any areas that need revision, sharpening, expanding, or additional organization or content to give your book a consistent voice and tone. For works of fiction, we look at pacing, tension points, sensory descriptions, and character arcs. For non-fiction, we make sure that each chapter supports your theme and argument. A developmental edit works best with early drafts and doesn’t focus on punctuation, grammar, or spelling. This is the edit you need to be sure that your book is “working.” We also work with novellas, short stories, memoirs, essays, and columns.


We’ve been working with Susan Elia MacNeal for over 20 years, and have edited the entire Maggie Hope historical mystery series as well as MacNeal’s nonfiction books. See more about her at

Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss’s “para-noir-mal” mystery series showcases a vivid, gritty Chicago and the hardworking people who keep it safe, with appealing characters, a realistic romance, great friendships, and a few dashes of magic. We’ve edited all the Ryan Doherty stories. See more about her at