Editorial Distinctions

What is the difference between a developmental edit, a critique, and a copyedit? It’s important to distinguish between an edit that is largely intended to deal with big-picture problems (the developmental edit) and one that is meant to catch the sentence-level problems (a copyedit). It’s common, especially when working with independent authors who can’t afford… Read more Editorial Distinctions

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