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What Does a Developmental Editor Do? (Editing Series, Part 1)

Every now and then, someone sends me one of those social media memes that say something clever like “I am silently judging your grammar” or “I can’t be freinds with someone who has typos.” Usually I smile and say thanks. Sometimes, though, I stop to explain that I’m not that kind of editor. I don’t fix people’s spelling, and I’m not really interested in your dangling participles. “So, then, what do you do, exactly?” “I’m a developmental editor.” And then I get a lot of blank looks. Most people know that a copy editor goes in and marks up text and fixes grammar. Copy editors and proofreaders correct obvious (and not so obvious) mistakes.** They use those big red pencils. (Well, not really anymore, but Track Changes has the same visual effect.) Developmental editing is fuzzier. What does a writer actually get out of a dev edit? Well, a lot, actually.   What Is Developmental Editing? […]

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The Biggest, Baddest, Book-Killing Editorial Problems

(…and they have nothing to do with punctuation or spelling) October has been a terrible moth for blogging, because it’s been an awesome month for everything else: lots of speaking engagements, lots of interesting work with clients, lots of beautiful Seattle fall adventures on the back of a motorcycle. I love teaching at conferences, appearing on panels, and generally talking about words and books in front of rooms of people. And a couple of weeks ago, I got to be part of a panel at the stunning Write on the Sound with two friends and fellow editors: Jim Thomsen and Christy Karras. Our topic: So You Think You’re Done? An Editor’s Red Flags and Warning Signs That Your Manuscript Might Need Another Look. Christy shared her love of the nitty-gritty details of proofreading, and Jim described what it’s like to go in and change sentences at the copy/line editing level. Me? […]

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