Understanding Genre and Reader Expectations

One key to identifying DE problems is understanding reader expectations, and reader expectations are closely tied to genre. Understanding Audience Expectations When I read a romance, I expect it to end happily ever after. I don’t care if you have a great idea for a heart-breaking ending. I don’t want a heart-breaking ending. I want… Read more Understanding Genre and Reader Expectations

How to Create Defensible Edits

When you’re doing a developmental edit—looking at the big-picture overview of a novel—you’ll generally be expected to provide two main services: editing the manuscript itself, including comments (queries) that help guide the author’s revision providing an editorial revision letter to guide the author. The letter highlights your main concerns with the manuscript and advises the… Read more How to Create Defensible Edits

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

Using Partnerships to Expand Your Reach

One way to broaden your marketing reach is to work with other freelancers to mutually market your work. In other words, you can create a more formal relationship than “I’ll send referrals your way if you send referrals mine.” For example, maybe you and a colleague pitch a client a complete editorial package—you’ll do the… Read more Using Partnerships to Expand Your Reach