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Development Editing Services

Capstone Editing is in the unique position to offer academics a specialised editing service that fully meets their particular needs.

Our Developmental Editing Services


Did you know that there are different ways to edit a text and different steps to the process? Editing anything isn’t as simple as correcting the grammar and language and checking your sentence structure; those are usually the last steps in the process. To start with, you want to do more overarching edits, like developmental editing. No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to paper editing, we can help you with it here at Capstone Editing. That’s true, no matter what it is you’ve written. Whether it’s a research paper or a full book, we have a solution for you. We’re one of Australia’s favourite providers of proofreading services, and it’s not hard to see why. With a highly trained and experienced team of academics at our service and a Quality Guarantee and On-time Guarantee, you can rest assured that choosing us to edit your text will raise it to the highest possible standard.


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What is Developmental Editing Services?


The developmental stage of the editing process looks at the big picture of a text. For academic or professional texts, this can include things like structuring and whether some sections can be moved or removed, and the strength and structure of your arguments and conclusions. In works of fiction, developmental editors look at characters, dialogue, plot holes and story arcs, among other things. Your developmental editor will read your text and provide a thorough assessment of where there is room for improvement. After this stage, you can feel free to polish the sentence structure, word choice and grammar, and finish off by proofreading.

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0% interest finance options available

Capstone Editing is proud to be the only editing service in Australia to offer an after-pay service to our clients. Access top-quality editing when you need it, and pay for it over time in manageable instalments.

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Spread the cost

Pay for the course in equal monthly instalments over a period of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months.

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Interest free

Always interest free, no early exit fees and no hidden fees and charges.

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Easy application

Apply online for either instant approval or a decision within a few hours (depending on the provider you choose).

Don’t wait! Submit your document for editing now and pay later with a flexible payment plan that suits your individual needs.

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Finance provided by Payright and Humm

Capstone Editing has chosen to partner with Payright (Devizo Pty Ltd ABN 24 605 753 535) and Humm (Certegy Ezi-Pay Pty Ltd ABN 28 129 228 986) because they are Australian businesses that practise responsible lending.

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The Texts We Edit in our Developmental Editing Services


Capstone Editing offers a wide range of editing services including non fiction editing, essay editing, and grant proposal editing for any kind of text. We work primarily in the academic field and can help in any subject area, but we’re also experienced with and happy to edit corporate and government texts. We can handle any length of text as well, from research proposals and academic articles to dissertations editing and books. Whether you need our developmental editors for books or shorter pieces, we’re here to help. Our expertise includes:


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The Best Developmental Editing Services in Australia


When you need a developmental book editor or editor for any number of other texts, the superior choice is Capstone Editing. Here are some of the reasons why:


  • We’re the only developmental editing services company owned and run by academics who understand the needs of academic writing.
  • Our team comprises highly trained academics with either PhDs or extensive editing experience, and they’ve all gone through our rigorous training to ensure they can offer editing services to the highest standard.
  • Our On-time Guarantee will have you confident in the fact that our edits will be delivered on time, or we will issue a full refund while you still receive your edits.
  • Our Quality Guarantee ensures you’ll be 100% satisfied with our work, and if you’re not, we will make all necessary edits at no extra charge.
  • We’re one of the most reliable and reputable providers of document proofreading services in Australia, having edited thousands of texts and with plenty of testimonials from previous customers available on our website.

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Our Reputation

We are proud of our reputation as the highest-quality academic editing service available. Testimonials from our past clients and the examples of our editing we provide here demonstrate the quality of our work.

Editing examples

These documents provide representative examples of our work for past clients.


I would like to thank my editor at Capstone Editing for her thorough edit of my grant proposal. Her suggestions gave me better ways of expressing myself with clarity and (importantly for grant proposals) with fewer words! She provided detailed comments on her edits that helped ensure that we didn’t inadvertently change the intended meaning. I appreciated her attention to the details of formatting and nuances of meaning across the document. I highly recommend her to help improve the readability and clarity of academic documents.

Dr Monica Barratt NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of New South Wales

Capstone Editing has edited many journal articles for me. Their editors' thorough command of language really helps in making sure that the article is well expressed and free of errors. They work very quickly and I have found it invaluable to have somebody format an article to the style of the particular journal. It is a massive time saver that allows me to move on to my next piece of work. I plan to use Capstone's services again, including for a book project I have coming up. I highly recommend Capstone Editing to academics wanting to save time and wanting to submit their work with the confidence that it has been thoroughly looked over and formatted to their particular requirements.

Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan Political Science Charles Stuart University

The fast, elegant and professional service provided by Capstone Editing saved me hours, days and weeks of work for which I am truly grateful. They worked to very tight deadlines and formatted, fixed and corrected my thesis so that I could submit it on time (and within my budget!) The editors who edited my thesis had phenomenal attention to detail and provided me with tremendously valuable feedback that improved the quality of my thesis. In addition to the usual material, my thesis had dozens of tables in both portrait and landscape format, a research study and case studies. My editors very quickly corrected and fixed all the material I threw at them and went beyond the call of duty to provide me with a beautifully referenced and immaculately formatted thesis. I am so appreciative of their advice and assistance.

Cheryl-Anne Whitlock Master of Arts (Journalism) University of Wollongong

Capstone Editing’s simple order process provides easy access to professional academic editing. In most cases, universities cover the cost of editing for their academic staff and we can invoice them directly.

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