Editing

1 True Link Between Line Editing and Word Choice You Should Know

By Lee Barnathan / November 6, 2023
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In my last post, I highlighted several typers of editing one could use to improve their manuscript. Today, I’m delving into more detail about line editing. As I previously wrote, line editors focus on more creative uses of language and how the word choice affects how clearly the story is communicated. Is the language clear,…

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4 Types of Editing You May Need to Make Your Manuscript Better

By Lee Barnathan / October 30, 2023
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In addition to ghostwriting, I also edit. My editing days go back to 1990 and my days working in newspapers, where the editing mantra was, “The fewer the words, the more powerful they are.” Once a manuscript is completed, it’s really important to have a neutral set of eyes look at it. I tell all…

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The Top 10 Developmental Editing Services

By Lee Barnathan / June 12, 2023
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When it comes to developmental editing, different developmental editors provide different services. For example, some provide line editing or proofreading services. Some will offer coaching, in which the editor regularly meets with the writer and provides support and feedback throughout the writing process. The most important service a developmental editor offers is the manuscript critique.…

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Developmental Editing’s Focus

By Lee Barnathan / June 5, 2023
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Writing a book requires a great deal of organization and focus. The same holds true for developmental editing. Throughout the process, a developmental editor will ask many questions and make sure they’re answered in ways that won’t confuse or distract the reader. These questions can be organized into broad categories. Various developmental editors will tackle…

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What Developmental Editing Isn’t

By Lee Barnathan / May 29, 2023
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Last week, I introduced developmental editing and gave an overview of what it is. This week, I’m describing what it’s not. As developmental editing is its own animal, it doesn’t deal with any of the following: Copy editing. This type of editing focuses on word choice, punctuation, capitalization, style, typographical errors, and grammar. Copy editors…

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Consider Developmental Editing After Writing That First Draft

By Lee Barnathan / May 22, 2023
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You’ve completed a first draft of your manuscript. Congratulations! Now you need it checked by a developmental editor. Developmental editing is the process where the editor critically examines the manuscript and addresses all the major issues, including style issues, sentence phrasing, and pacing. The key word is critically because the work can result in substantially…

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