Today I'm writing about developmental editing practices. Specifically, when to edit and when to comment - both tools of Track Changes. But navigating an entire manuscript can seem daunting when we're working with authors on a creative level. We need to get as close as we can to the content, live in the author's fictional world, without overstepping.
I thought it would be perfect to blog about my new online space on the day I started officially blogging one year ago, March 27, 2013. Yup, it’s a very blogiversary day! Today I’m sharing how I recently changed things up for my website and blog.
I've been playing in Prezi lately because I've wanted to create a simple and hopefully easy-to-understand presentation to explain what developmental editing is. What do you think?
There’s nothing more overwhelming than sitting down to a messy draft and preparing yourself for revision. You know there are problems, you may even know what to fix, but then all that text seems like a storm of activity ready to confuse and drown you. Are you ready for an easy way to organize your scenes?
Last, last weekend on September 29th, I went to see Marissa Meyer during her Fierce Reads Tour, and I was so excited to meet her!! I’m not sure what kind of coincidence the universe was playing on me, but I recently discovered Marissa’s books around the same time she was due to stop in at a local bookstore near me.
“The most important thing to remember is that, no matter how much work a developmental editor does on a manuscript, the writer makes the final decisions.” As a writer myself (and one susceptible to low self-esteem), I honestly understand the anxiety writers feel when they send their manuscripts to anybody for a second opinion. The anxiety is much higher knowing it’s in an editor’s hands because editors are by nature, reading with critical eyes.
As new writers, we don’t always expect editors or beta readers to find fault or weaknesses in our work. However, if we’re looking for community and feedback, the good and bad of critiques won’t go away.
Developmental editing may be a job without grammar rules, but that doesn’t mean we as editors forge ahead with our own agenda. This line of work requires principles. Three main ones...
I’ve read some books in the past where I didn’t feel that connected to the main character, even though the plot was going places, things were happening… I realized I was part of the adventure, but felt left behind from the character’s inner journey.
I guest-blogged on The Writers' Collective about a developmental editor’s role and how I approach working with writers on their manuscripts. I'm everything from a content organizer to an idea generator.