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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.

"Susan helped me unlock hidden doors. She is the expert at helping you develop and tell your story.

 

Even if you think you have all of the answers, talk with Susan before you type another word. Her wisdom and unique approach to telling your story will help you drive home a more impactful message." 

Raquel Eatmon

Author, Beyond Enough

"Susan and her process brought my manuscript to life and helped me become a better writer. Our collaboration efforts were fun and inspired creativity which shows up in places all over the pages of my book.

 

I’ll always be grateful to Susan and proud of what we accomplished together. I can’t wait to get started on my next project. I am an author. Susan made me realize that."

Brian Campbell

Author, Third King and Guardian Angel

 
 
 

"Working with Susan was efficient and productive, which is exactly what I wanted. Susan is a no-nonsense, get down to business editor. The work of developmental editing is not easy because your manuscript is being put to the test by a pro. Susan was kind and direct as she guided me to the areas of the manuscript that needed more writing time to ensure clarity and precision of information. And, she helped me hone the language for exactly the right audience. While hard work, we had a few laughs together in the process and got really excited about the future of this book and the possible spin-off projects. It was so satisfying to make those final edits and to realize that I was ready to move the manuscript into the next phase. Thank you, Susan!!"

Monique Allen

Author, Life-Scaping

"One of my main concerns was that my manuscript be put together well and that readers would have a good reading experience. This was my first book and I did not have any way to judge this for myself. Susan brought her expertise in coaching me to help me shape my manuscript into something that was clear and organized in a way that was interesting, informative, clear and even exciting for the reader. She also helped me clarify my vision for the book. I knew in my heart what I wanted to say but I did not have experience yet in translating that to the written page in a way that would be a effective and pleasurable experience for the reader. My book feels like an amazing piece of work to me and I'm so grateful to have had Susan's coaching along the way." 

Nadine Mazzola

Author, Forest Bathing with Your Dog