Join us for this seminar on developmental editing for fiction presented by Jill Welsh, manuscript editor, writing coach, and current CWIP president.
A true developmental edit looks at the big picture of a manuscript. The editor works with a manuscript as a whole, analyzing how well its various parts contribute to the central message or narrative. Where a copy editor takes a micro view by drilling into the spelling, grammar, and punctuation details, the developmental editor goes macro and asks, “Does this work as a book, and how could it be improved?”
Because nonfiction manuscripts are generally straightforward, developmental editing them focuses more on presenting the material in an easy-to-follow manner with a clear structure. However, fiction is much different, and depending on the genre, a manuscript can get downright confusing and messy.
When developmental editing for fiction, elements such as plot, character development, and dialogue (to name just a few), must be considered, which is very different from nonfiction. While fiction is challenging for developmental editors, it is highly satisfying when it works. While there are few "hard and fast" rules in fiction, there are a number of issues to become familiar with and learn how to resolve, regardless of the genre.
Open to anyone interested in learning about developmental editing for fiction.