Think of developmental editing as a 5,000-foot view of your book. It examines the storyline, looking for inconsistency and gaps, flow from chapter to chapter, the overall theme, style, voice, message, and readability.
As developmental editor, I provide direction on where and how to address the issues in the manuscript. You do the writing.
Developmental editing is different from line editing (tone, pace, clarity, etc.) and from copy editing (grammar, punctuation, etc.) All are necessary to create a high-quality manuscript.
My thinking: every author should partner with a developmental editor to make their manuscript commercially viable and attractive to literary agents.
Book Blueprinting is the process of creating a roadmap for your manuscript. It functions like a creative brief that gives you direction as you write.
A book blueprint captures the details of your book such as table of contents, front matter, back matter, contributors, story inventory, reader or audience specifics, style and format, and much more.
A book blueprint makes the writing process smoother, faster and more efficient. Great for the independent author looking to get organized.
My thinking: a blueprint expedites the book writing process and improves the end result. And it beats the seat-of-the-pants approach hands down.