book editing

Developmental Editing – Edits vs. Comments

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.

My One-Year Blog Anniversary – And a New Website for Authors

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.

What is Developmental Editing? A Diagram Explains It

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?

An Easy Way to Organize Your Scenes Without Scrolling Back and Forth in Your Manuscript

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?

Book Signing with Marissa Meyer, How Books Make Us Reflect on Our Own Process

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.

Developmental Editing: How I Feel About Your Manuscript

“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.

Developmental Editing: How Does it Work? Are There Rules?

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...

Inner Thoughts: Why Characters Need to Let Readers Know What's Up

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.

What is Developmental Editing? A Look Inside

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.