Developmental Editing Dos and Don’ts

I generally begin any developmental edit with a quick read-through intended just to familiarize myself with the story. I make developmental notes for myself as I perform that first read-through, including areas where I’m confused or questions that arise. Sometimes my questions are answered and my confusion cleared up by the time I reach the… Read more Developmental Editing Dos and Don’ts

Ask the Editor: Line Editing During a Developmental Edit

From my inbox: “I’m a little confused about how much line editing is expected during a developmental edit. Are we expected to smooth over all of the tics in the author’s writing that might occur on every page of the manuscript – overuse of dialogue tags, confusing or awkward syntax, overuse of adverbs, etc? I… Read more Ask the Editor: Line Editing During a Developmental Edit

Growing Your Developmental Editing Mindset

Beginning developmental editors sometimes ask me how “awful” books make it onto the New York Times bestseller list, and how can we worry about what makes a story “good” when obviously quality doesn’t matter to readers? How do “bad” books make it through the editorial process? In other words, your existential crisis is common and… Read more Growing Your Developmental Editing Mindset

Differences in working for indie authors and publisher clients

Publisher Versus Private Clients When I’m doing a developmental edit for a book publisher, I usually have a much more extensive familiarity with the acquisitions editor than with the author, so while I’m careful to keep my queries and comments neutral and polite, as far as I’m concerned, authors come and go. It’s the acquisitions… Read more Differences in working for indie authors and publisher clients

How and what to fact check in developmental editing

Fact-Checking in the Editorial Process Fact-checking is verifying that the information included in a ms is accurate: World War I took place in the early twentieth century, production of Hummers stopped in 2010. An author (even a novelist) who gets facts wrong irritates and alienates readers, so one of our roles as dev editor is… Read more How and what to fact check in developmental editing