What is developmental editing?

 

I work with fiction and nonfiction authors to draw out the very best from a completed first draft and offer a helpful road map to improving and revising manuscripts so they can be prepared for publication.

For nonfiction, I especially enjoy working with journalists and other talented writers who are early in their book-writing career.

With fiction, I gravitate most often to first-time authors, indie and e-book writers, and genre writers.

My process:

Every project has unique needs, but generally I do a deep read of a manuscript and provide the author with line edits and a memo discussing ways to improve structure, narrative, themes, character arcs, etc. As an editor, I view myself as an advocate for authors’ future readers.

I’m always available for follow-up questions and discussions and frequently stay in touch with clients to discuss publishing, marketing, social media, etc.

Fee info:

I typically negotiate a flat, per-project fee with authors. Hourly rates are available upon request for shorter projects and copyediting.

Please contact me to discuss your project. 


For journalism and other nonfiction:

Book-length works, book proposals, magazine articles, memoirs, creative nonfiction, and nonfiction published in other mediums are welcome.

Journalists and other professionals who are talented writers but often new to writing book-length works and navigating the publishing industry are some of my favorite people to work with.

I will help you build and support narrative arcs in support of your central arguments and conclusions; identify sections or stories that can be strengthened or shortened; perform web-based fact-checking; and ensure that your text is clear and concise, with a focus on making sure a reasonably-educated layperson can fully engage with it.

I will send you a memo with my overall thoughts and an edited manuscript with line edits. I frequently stay in touch with clients to discuss publishing, marketing, social media, etc.

Please contact me to discuss your project. 

Nonfiction copyedit:

Copyediting is a separate skill and job from developmental editing. If you hire me to copyedit your manuscript, article, or book proposal, I will read closely for errors in grammar and format and provide suggestions for improving brevity and clarity.

Other nonfiction services:

I am also available for book coaching, transcribing, and research. Contact me.

I work with literary agents in the DC area, including Bridget Matzie of Aevitas Creative Management, to help authors develop and improve book proposals.

 


For novels and other fiction:

Book-length works, novellas, short stories, genre fiction, and other formats are all very welcome. I also greatly enjoy editing plays, screenplays, and graphic novels.

I will help you flesh out characters, eliminate plot holes, improve narrative structure, and maintain a consistent voice. I will send you a memo with my overall thoughts and an edited manuscript with line edits. I frequently stay in touch with clients to discuss self-publishing, marketing, social media, etc.

Please contact me to discuss your project. 

Fiction copyedit:

Copyediting is a separate skill and job from developmental editing. If you hire me to copyedit your manuscript, I will read closely for errors in grammar and format and provide suggestions for improving brevity and clarity.  Copyediting is highly recommended for self-published authors! 


Editing services for other writers:

Businesses:

I offer copyediting and web-based fact checking for websites, social media content, fliers, advertisements, and other public-facing corporate materials, as well as internal documents, business plans, contracts, etc. Contact me.

Students and professors:

I offer copyediting  for college and graduate school applications, graduate theses, doctoral dissertations, and syllabi. Contact me.

Job seekers:

I offer résumé and cover letter review. Please see details here and contact me.

Wedding planners/guests and engaged partners:

Check out The Proofread Bride, where I provide affordable copyediting for wedding-related paper goods. I can help you avoid wholly preventable errors prior to investing time and money into having your save-the-dates, wedding invitations, programs, menus, or day-of signage handwritten or professionally printed.

Folks looking for gifts for the writers in your life:

Open Boat gift certificates available