line editing

Sentence-Level Mishaps Can Have Story-Level Consequences

(My new superpower revealed.)

Have you ever wondered about that mysterious part of a writing journey between story development and fixing your grammar? A magical place exists called line editing or substantive editing, in which an editor goes through your writing line by line to make your writing stronger, clearer, more elegant, with flow and rhythm and shine.

Do You Know What Type of Editing You Need?

You know what blows? (Not that, you pervert.) Never getting the proper edits for your novel—and worse, being none the wiser after publishing it. Here's a rundown of the different types of editing.

Developmental Editing: More Querying and Story Development

In developmental editing, there is a whole other skill level required to help authors revise. It’s called the art of commenting. Copy editors correct errors and are essentially gatekeepers of grammar rules and preserving the English language, but developmental editors dig deeper.

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.