Inkbot Editing’s developmental editing can help you take your fiction or nonfiction book all the way to the finish line.
So, you’ve written a book. First off, congratulations! That’s no easy task. Unless you got it perfect the first time (and who can pull that off?), you could probably use some developmental editing.
Developmental editing gives you an overall, “big-picture” view of what still needs work, along with actionable items to address.
Inkbot Editing’s Lead Word Nerd, Molly McCowan, has years of experience helping authors develop their fiction and nonfiction books.
- Character and plot development
- Settings and imagery
- Dialogue and interior monologue
- Continuity (names, physical features, places, objects, and more)
Developmental editing for nonfiction focuses on many of the same elements but doesn’t analyze character or plot development, as these usually don’t apply.
Developmental editing also includes:
- Up to two hours of question-and-answer time or coaching (something that very few developmental editors offer!)
- Molly reads through the entire manuscript and takes notes with page numbers that correspond to developmental items.
- Molly writes and sends a development plan, usually ranging from 10 to 20 pages, that talks about what the manuscript needs and provides actionable steps to complete the revisions.
- You complete any rewriting needed, using your included coaching time to address any questions or concerns.
A 50% deposit, which is applied toward the estimated project total, must be paid before your project begins in order to reserve your spot on Molly’s calendar.
- Develop a logical structure
- Define a clear thesis or main argument
- Decide on content
- Ensure that your voice, style, and tone will be appropriate for the subject matter