Developmental Editing

If you are writing a book, you may require a thorough review that is beyond just copyediting or proofreading. Your text may need a more aggressive edit or an extensive rewrite. In developmental editing, I work with writers at any stage of the writing process, from early drafts to final manuscripts. Contact me at 719-494-6674.

My developmental editing service—for self-publishing authors, publishers, and packagers—includes:

  • Reviewing the overall structure of the manuscript and giving suggestions on improving the readability through better organization, structure, formatting, or language.
  • Ensuring consistency in tone, style, or format.
  • Rewriting and restructuring the text, including moving entire sentences or paragraphs, to improve flow.
  • Commenting on areas that need additional input from the author, such as missing details, gaps in content, etc.

Americanizing foreign texts

I have specific experience and skills in helping publishers and packagers prepare books that were originally published outside the United States for publication in the United States. This is critical for books, such as cookbooks and craft books, that rely on measurements and product knowledge in addition to the Americanization of language.

My services in this area include:

  • Substantive/line editing in the presentation of ideas and language for the American audience using appropriate English, including spelling, idioms, etc.
  • Conversion from metric to US units of measurement.
  • Reviewing ingredients or materials and instructions to ensure that all are readily available in the United States and identified using appropriate terms.

The developmental editing process

I like to work directly in your electronic Word file. Most of my suggestions are incorporated in the text and highlighted for your review. Sections that need additional author input are commented on and questions for your consideration are included for your review as a separate attachment.

Developmental editing does not include correcting spelling and grammar; that is included in my proofreading and copyediting services.

Call or email me to discuss your developmental editing project.