What is a Developmental Editor?
A Developmental Editor is a Professional Reader who helps you change your content to make sure your story has all the necessary elements. We look at it from a big picture perspective, noting that the setting, story, and characters (or thesis for nonfiction) all align to create something magical for your readers. This is a solid first step for publishing (not copyediting) since you want to determine if your story is cohesive. This type of consultation can come at any time during your writing process, even before you start writing, to make sure you have every element in place to produce a standout book.
Another name for this is Story Editing. I make sure all the pieces work together to make a great book or article. I’ll ask the questions “does this work” and “is this what the premise states”. My job is to guide your content to express what you want the readers to understand without changing the meaning. You’ll receive a copy of your manuscript with notes or tracked changes in a live Google document. All notes and suggestions will be clear so you can decide which to keep and which to ignore. Then we’ll schedule a call to discuss my thoughts and your best next steps.
My editing services encompass three stages of developmental editing:
A Bad Draft Check-In will give you a base line for where you are and how your book would do if it were published as is. Some notes will be made but ultimately the story will remain unchanged.
A Deep Dive Comprehensive Critique is a line-by-line reading. It’s much more in-depth and comes with a full report to the author of what works and what doesn’t work. This could include moving sections or reworking complete characters.
A Bookish Project Consultation can begin at any stage of the writing and can conclude with an evaluation. This is one-on-one help for as long as your project needs to keep you on track and accomplish your project goals.
When Do You Need One?
You’re looking for constructive criticism and targeted suggestions to smooth out the rough patches in your work
You’ve finished your final draft and are almost ready for copyediting services
You have a story idea and you want help planning and executing it
You’ve started your manuscript but got stuck along the way
Black & Bookish Developmental Editing Services Include:
A complete read of your in-progress manuscript
Comprehensive critique letter focused on story structure, plot, clarity, or logic
Light annotations for Bad Drafts
Comprehensive annotations/track changes for Deep Dives
One-hour phone call with actionable next steps
Developmental Editing Services Do Not Include:
Book review for print or online publication
A spotlight review on Black & Bookish
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Projects include sample readings, full manuscript edits, critique letters, and actionable next steps.