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What Is a Story Coach?

Your Story Coach is an experienced, vetted, and certified StoryCoach editor who professionally evaluates how good your story is and then shows you specifically how to make it great! Using a successfully proven story arc to test each section of your writing, your Story Coach analyzes and tells you where and how to make your novel structurally better. Thus, you learn how to better write and self-edit from a professional editor. Combining their creative expertise from years of editing in the publishing industry, your Story Coach outlines exactly what you can do to tell a better story before publishing to success.

What Is a StoryCoach Edit?

StoryCoach Editing is a developmental editing process. It is comprehensive and fully assesses your Fiction story to determine how to perfect your overall story arc structurally. The StoryCoach Content Edit includes reviewing the 38 Story Elements, essential to creating a powerful story for publishing. This is available only upon recommendation and approval by a certified StoryCoach Editor.

The Highest Level of Developmental Fiction Editing

StoryCoach Editing is the most in-depth, high-level editing service for fiction writers. We review your entire manuscript structure and compare it with a successfully proven story arc. After evaluating the foundational elements of characters, plots, and settings, your StoryCoach Editor digs deeper into your novel’s fine details. They provide individualized coaching on the use of the 38 Story Elements as applicable to your unique manuscript. You receive an in-depth StoryCoach Edit with advice, notes, and recommendations throughout your writing. You also get a professional Summary Letter, which allows you to see the “big picture” of your story’s strengths and challenges. We only provide a Story Coach edit to approved manuscripts.

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What Does a Story Coach Provide?

Prepare for an intensive revision process after the initial StoryCoach Edit. There will be many insights to your writing which will require you to adjust your manuscript accordingly. Often our StoryCoach editors recommend reorganization, additions, and truncations to your chapters and scenes. Ultimately, you decide if you implement these changes or not. We guarantee your certified StoryCoach editor suggests these changes based upon fiction industry standards, extensive writing experience, vetted training, and proven author story arc models. Word choice, style, and copy editing are important, but they don’t matter if you do not have a great story!

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Recommended for Dedicated Story Enthusiasts as a Professional Revision

We recommend a StoryCoach Edit only for authors committed to an additional in-depth revision of their entire novel. A StoryCoach Edit is an intense and very successful method using a unique combination of publishing techniques with a high-tech writing software. You have free inside access to our patented, professional online writing and editing tool for two months following your professional edit. This allows you to complete your story’s developmental revision according to the industry’s necessary framework, which proves successful again and again for bestselling authors. Ask your editor if your manuscript qualifies for StoryCoach Editing.

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Extensive Developmental Fiction Editing

Your Story Coach conducts an in-depth review of your fiction writing and tests its strengths based upon the following sections:


  • Engagement in a Scene
  • Point-of-View
  • Scene Point-of-View
  • Plot Holes (Scenes with No Purpose)
  • Names
  • Appearances
  • Goals
  • Flow from Scene to Scene


  • Story Arc
  • Scene Name
  • Purpose
  • Pacing
  • Opening Type
  • Entry Hook
  • Anchoring
  • Closing Type
  • Exit Hook
  • Confusing Timelines


  • Absence of tension or conflict
  • Location
  • Date and Time
  • Objects
  • Senses
  • Missing Objects
  • Empty Stage Syndrome

Ask your editor to approve your manuscript for a Story Coach Edit when submitting your manuscript for a free editing sample and professional recommendation.

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StoryCoach Certification

Certified StoryCoach Editors are unique, experienced, and vetted professionals. Our editors have completed an exclusive 30-hour training and learned to combine their extensive in-depth Content Editing skills with StoryCoach software’s innovative technology. First Editing is the FIRST StoryCoach Certified Editing enterprise in the world. We have chosen StoryCoach because it allows us to provide a solid Satisfaction Guarantee regarding the comprehensive content editing process.


Copy Editing

Your final edit before formatting and publishing

Recommended ONLY for confident writers who have completed all revisions

Necessary as your last edit before formatting

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Line Editing

Line by line editing of your revisions

Recommended before you share publicly

Necessary before submitting to literary agents or beta readers

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Content Editing + Rewrites

All-Inclusive, Done-For-You (DFY) Content Edit with up to 20% sentence rewrites and in-line critique

Recommended for in-depth editing and extensive writing support with corrections which are Done-For-You (DFY)

Necessary when you need English writing help & comprehensive editing, plus honest feedback with professional in-line critique of your overall presentation

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Developmental Story Editing & Critique

Evaluates the big concept of your story and answers the question “Is it any good?”

Recommended for feedback from a Certified Book Coach. Get an in-depth substantive edit to better structure and develop your story. You will also receive a professional summary letter critiquing your entire presentation.

Necessary for strengthening your story, while REVISING and organizing your narrative. Get a Certified Book Coach to assess and strengthen your storytelling.

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Basic Copy Editing

Basic Copy Editing includes checking your grammar, spelling, and punctuation for accuracy; ensuring consistency in your writing’s word choices, style, and compositional spacing; and eliminating jargon and repetitious words.

Basic Copy Editing is your FINAL edit after multiple revisions. You request this level when you are done. You have no further changes planned before formatting, proofreading, and then publishing.


Standard Line Editing

Line Editing is your ideal choice when seeking professional editing services for ongoing revisions. Your Line Editor addresses your writing style, creative content, and use of language at the sentence and paragraph level.

Line Editing focuses on how you communicate with your reader. It corrects your sentence and paragraph structure, checks for subject-verb agreement, and inserts transitional phrasing as appropriate. Standard Line Editing includes our Basic Copy Editing services (correcting spelling, grammar, punctuation, word usage; eliminating jargon and repetition; ensuring style consistency; and adjusting compositional spacing). Line Editing is a more technical editing style which adheres to your chosen style guide.

Your professional line editor improves the continuity and flow of your writing and support statements. You also receive in-line editorial remarks, suggestions, and feedback throughout your manuscript.

Line Editing is the writing industry standard. Publishing agents and university professors recommend this as the minimum level of professional editing prior to submitting for review and consideration.


Advanced Content Editing

Content Editing is your ideal choice for completing your manuscript’s first draft when you desire honest feedback and thorough professional guidance on your overall presentation. Choose content editing for your first round of editing and always prior to peer review or public distribution as it is comprehensive.

Content Editing critiques your written presentation, flow/continuity, and consistency of thoughts. Your content editor provides professional, structural assessments and feedback on your manuscript throughout your document’s comments section. It ensures support of all statements, and it provides formatting according to industry style guides, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, etc. Your content’s structural edit includes basic copy and standard line editing which corrects spelling, grammar, and punctuation; reviews your word choice; eliminates jargon and repetition; guarantees writing consistency; revises inappropriate verb tenses; and inserts transitional phrasing.



Executive Content Editing + Rewrites

Executive Content Editing is your ideal choice for advanced English editing corrections. This in-depth writing assistance encompasses Content, Line and Copy Edits for spelling, grammar, punctuation, and consistency of verb tenses.

You get our in-line professional Editorial Critique of your English writing strengths and challenges. You will receive sentence rewrites of up to 20% of your entire document, when necessary.

Executive Content Editing ensures you have a smooth English presentation which reads easily. Your in-line editorial critique evaluates your writing’s overall substance, organization, and presentation. You have insight into your writing, along with improvements made on your behalf. Upon completion, you can use the positive professional editorial commentaries to enhance your book marketing.


Coaching Developmental Story Editing & Critique

Get a Developmental Edit with a Certified Book Coach who evaluates your story and gives you professional insight and instructions at the highest level. Strengthen your story arc, character development, and plot. We use a checklist of 38 elements for every scene for an objective edit to show you exactly where and how to strengthen your writing.

Our Certified Developmental Editors structurally organize and professionally critique your manuscript’s story. You get a high-level, substantive review with specific feedback for making revisions. Your book coach helps strengthen your presentation before you contact an agent. This allows you to overcome rejection due to common foundational weaknesses. Get help from an experienced publishing professional first.

Receive an in-depth Developmental Edit with analysis of your writing, reader engagement, and structural strength, plus a professional summary letter critiquing your entire presentation. The Developmental Edit includes an outline of your story arc with instructions for improvement. We also confirm your 5 key scenes and show you how to create the ideal story form. You receive a comprehensive evaluation of the word counts per scene and per character. We will recommend adjustments for your genre’s pacing to ensure theme consistency and overall balance. All of this is outlined in a professional summary letter which references your necessary revisions, highlights what you do well, instructs you where and how to solve specific issues, and explains why we recommend such. The developmental edit includes in-line changes, syntax rules, and feedback.

Developmental fiction editing focuses on story development, such as the plot, scene, point of view, characters, tone, voice, dialogue, pace, setting, readability, organization, and more. It is the most in-depth editing service available for storytellers.

Get a certified Story Coach who has unique publishing experience to assess your writing. They will developmentally edit and analyze your novel to show you HOW to make your story shine.

Delivery time is approximately 5-7 weeks.

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