Developmental Editing Explained - Video

Developmental editing has many names and is also referred to as substantive editing or content editing. So, what is developmental editing? Developmental editing is the first phase of editing. The editor looks at big picture items, such as pacing, character development, transitions, scope, tone, voice, narrative arch, and structure. It's often a conversation in the margins between the editor and author. For nonfiction books, the editor focuses on expanding or trimming the thesis, rearranging, and restructuring information. With fiction, a developmental editor can help fix timeline issues or suggest the development of secondary characters. Developmental editing is one of the most important edits because it ensures that the foundation of your book is strong.
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