Developmental Edits

Working through a series of fiction and nonfiction manuscripts helped me become a competent developmental editor, capable of analyzing the big picture aspects of a manuscript including plot, structure, pacing, voice, and character development. In addition, I learned to communicate with an author in a style that develops trust. Striking a tone that makes the author feel comfortable goes a long way toward everyone working as a team to produce the best possible manuscript.

Below are two examples of my developmental edits: the first is a letter to the author of a work of short fiction, and the second is a letter to the author of a work of nonfiction. Due to the sensitive nature of works-in-progress, titles and author names have been changed, and identifying quotes deleted.

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Developmental Letter for
“The Empire Girls”

Developmental Letter for
“On Your Own”

 


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