1. Developmental/ structural editing
Developmental editing, also known as structural or substantive editing, looks at the overall structure, content, and style of your manuscript. It focuses on the below points on a broader scale:
- Story & Plot: Is the story engaging and believable? Does it make sense or are there plot holes? Are there sub-plots that neither resonate with the main plot nor have any subtle impact?
- Characters: Is your viewpoint character or protagonist engaging? Is there any gap in the character building? Do your characters look real? Is there a scene in which your character talks, or behaves out of his/her character? Are there minor characters who don’t advance the story?
- Dialogues & Narration: How is your balance between “showing” and “telling”? Are there too many interior monologs or back-stories? Are the dialogues commonplace or clichéd; stiff or flowery; melodramatic or informative?
- Flow & Pace: Does the story flow effortlessly, or are there irrelevant passages or chapters? Does the book rush ahead too quickly, or get stuck in-between? Is the novel consistently interesting, or are some parts far more gripping than others? Is there a lot of unnecessary back story of the characters, hindering the flow of the story?
- Point of View: Have you considered the best possible point of view for the story? Are there places where you jump from one head to another?
- Voice: Is your language suitable for your viewpoint character? Do your characters sound the same?
- Hook: Do any of your hooks stand on their own? Is it disproportionate in terms of intensity or hyperbole?
- Fact-checking: Does the book include any real-life incidents, places, concepts? If yes, Is the information intact?
2. Line Editing
Along with the elements mentioned under developmental editing, line editing focuses on tightening your manuscript line by line; it also inspects some intricacies on a sentence level.
- Words or sentences that are extraneous or overused
- -ly adverbs used as adjectives for emotions
- Authenticity of dialogues – looking out for any clichés, repetition, out of the character dialogues or interior monologs
- Dialogue Mechanics – usage of paragraphing, speaker attributions, beats etc.
- Scenes where the action is confusing or the author’s meaning is unclear due to bad transitions
- Any POV and tense switches
- Highlighting any confusing or hard to follow sentences or scenes
3. Additional services:
- Book blurb
- Helping the author with spreading the word about the book at the time of Book launch
- Representing the book on different social media platforms, mainly Facebook and Twitter
- Assisting Author for query letter
It is a two-way process rather than one: I will consider the possibilities of accepting the work based on my interest and other dynamics, likewise, the author can assess my work to determine if he/she wants to work with me.
- A writer can approach me via email, giving basic information about his work like genre, story outline and his/her thought behind the work along with a couple of sample chapters.
- I will revert to the author with my suggestions about the required editing stages.
- I will work on the sample chapter (no charges) and send it back to the authors with my remarks and comments (the work on the sample chapter will have a limitation as I wouldn’t have read the complete book by then.)
- Finally, if the author likes my work, he/she can hire any or all my services and send me the soft copy of the complete book.