Developmental editing is the most intensive type of editing, covering all aspects of the creative process. My unique background—BSc., G Dip Teaching & Learning, Cert TEFL, MA—means I bring a set of core analytical and creative skills to all my projects. Each DE-author relationship is different. Each book, each concept, is different. Some authors need a few of my skills, others need more. My job is helping you establish what you want and how we’re going to get you there. It’s a close, intensive process.
And I love it.
Although I can enter the process at any point, the most fruitful DE-author relationships start early, during the conceptual phase. As the project progresses, I help you:
- Create an outline and develop the central idea(s)
- Discuss and map themes, then arcs of the book
- Create a logical structure and developmental questions to guide the draft
- Develop your voice
- Ensure the text is active and engaging
- Use rapport and engagement techniques to better position the reader
- Use established pedagogy in non-fiction/teaching works
- Ensure clarity of language
- Catch contradictions and holes; ensure consistency
- Work through blocked areas and ideas; find a new perspective or approach
- Develop specific solutions for any issues
- Write and rewrite as necessary
- Polish and refine your text—choosing the correct word for the correct sentence, rephrasing, reordering and more as needed.
Ready to start? Let me know what you need help with by filling in my contact form.