Developmental and Line Editor

Developmental and Line Editor

Have you written a book, but you aren’t sure if it’s ready for public consumption? Do you have most of a rough draft done, but you’re stuck in a couple of places in your plot? Is your plot complete, but your characters keep misbehaving? Do you have the structure of your book set, but it reads a bit flat? It sounds like you need a developmental or line editor, and I’m here to help!

So, what does a developmental editor do? In a nutshell, they look at the “big picture” aspects of an author’s manuscript, such as character and plot development, pacing, dialogue and interior monologue, timeline, settings and imagery, and continuity. After this analysis, a developmental editor will provide editorial queries, pointing out story-level issues that need improvement. They will also provide an explanation of why these are issues, the consequences if you don’t deal with them, and suggestions for how they can be fixed.

How does this differ from a line editor? Rather than looking at the broad issues, line editors will evaluate your manuscript at the sentence level, inspecting your content, writing style, and language. They won’t delve into your manuscript looking for errors. Instead, they will focus on how well you convey your story to your reader.

To meet your particular needs, I offer a couple of developmental editing options and an all-inclusive line edit package. Visit my website to find out which option will work best for you, or book your free consultation at https://calendly.com/thenovelwordsmith/free-consultation.

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