What is Developmental Editing?
Developmental editors provide feedback to authors so they can improve their yet-to-be-published manuscripts. Developmental editors do this by looking at the story as a whole and figuring out how it could be told better.
To be able to offer this as a professional service, though, a developmental editor needs more than a good grasp of literary theory. They also need to know how to deconstruct a manuscript, communicate appropriately with authors and make suitable suggestions – which is what this course is all about.
What It Means to Conduct a Developmental Edit
Developmental editing can be conducted in several different ways and in varying degrees of depth. In this course, I’ll provide you with a broad overview of the service.
You’ll learn how to write an editorial report (also known as a manuscript critique or manuscript assessment) as well as how to edit a manuscript page-by-page.
By the end of the course, you’ll have a much clearer idea of what your developmental editing service will include and how to offer, price and conduct it.