Approach with nervous excitement, because this is it.
A mis-brewed manuscript will poison your chances of success: a manuscript, like a potion, needs to have the right ingredients to achieve the desired result. Also known as a substantive or structural edit, the developmental editing comes before the copy / line editing stage and fixes ‘the big issues’.
This includes analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript’s plot, pacing, character development, setting, tone, language, themes, logic and sequencing, and formatting. For non-fiction, important ingredients also include strength of exposition, organisation of ideas, research and sense of authority and much more.
Under this developmental editing service, you will work with an experienced book editor who will provide:
If you’re looking at a developmental edit, you’ll need a copy edit next.