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Editing novels in a series

Authors often write novels in a series, and this poses a special problem for developmental editors. One of our jobs is to make sure a novel has internal consistency – what we might call being in charge of continuity.  If Jeremy is bald in Chapter 2 he should be bald in Chapter 5 as well,…
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Case Study: Solving Problems in Working with Indie Clients  (part 3 of 3)

Recently, a developmental editor colleague expressed some frustration around working with indie authors. She had three main areas of concern, all very common. The first two are addressed here and here.  Here’s the third concern, in the editor’s own words: “The general perception regarding the market value of the work. I think it’s not highly…
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Case Study: Solving Problems in Working with Indie Clients  (part 2 of 3)

Recently, a developmental editor colleague expressed some frustration around working with indie authors. She had three main areas of concern, all very common. The first is addressed here. I’m addressing the second today. I’ll address the third next week. Here’s the second concern, in the editor’s own words: “Scope creep: I do it to myself!…
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Case Study: Solving Problems in Working with Indie Clients  (part 1 of 3)

Recently, a developmental editor colleague expressed some frustration around working with indie authors. She had three main areas of concern, and I’m going to address each of these in a blog post. They are all very common concerns. Here’s the first, in her words: “The responsibility. Having someone pay me (hopefully) good money to take…
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Editorial Distinctions

It’s very common for authors to be confused about what type of editing their manuscript needs. They’ll ask you to “edit” their ms. You think they mean development but they mean copyediting and they’re disappointed in your work. Or, they’ll say they need someone to fix the grammar when they have much bigger issues than…
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What is developmental editing?

Developmental editing is sometimes called content editing, substantive editing, or story editing. The focus is on the big picture, not on sentence-level concerns although we may make sentence-level edits to address the big-picture concerns. For fiction, a developmental editor looks for problems in plot, including implausible plot events and timeline errors; character development, including the…
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