Developmental editing focuses on plot, characters, pacing, and the overall story arc, or the journey the characters take from the beginning to the end of the story. Entire paragraphs or chapters may be added, moved, or revised. This type of editing is essential to authors seeking publication. One or two rounds of developmental editing should always take place before submitting to literary agents or publishers. Developmental editing does not include copyediting, so we suggest either investing in that first, or choosing a Sterling Package, which includes all levels of editing.