I think of developmental editing as macro-editing. I look for large-scale issues and provide suggestions for solutions in any identified problem area. My goal is to empower you to improve your manuscript and become a stronger writer in the process. Areas of focus during developmental editing include:
Substantive or line editing—
Substantive editing is micro-editing. I identify minute problems of sentence structure, focusing on issues such as
To a certain degree, I also apply developmental editing during this process, making note of additional weaknesses in writing and character development. To help you learn to identify such issues on your own, I provide notes explaining the majority of my edits.
Copy editing addresses technical errors in writing (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and inconsistencies that may have occurred due to revisions. Copy editing is most often used as preparation for typesetting and ensures that the manuscript is in standard format (margins, fonts, spacing and other layout).
You don’t want to find out after the publication of your manuscript that a crucial feature in your historical novel had not yet been invented during the setting of the story. A fact checker can save you long-lasting embarrassment!
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