By Scott Norton
Editing is a tough company. It calls for analytical aptitude and artistic panache, the endurance of a saint and the imaginative and prescient of a author. remodeling a manuscript right into a booklet that edifies, conjures up, and sells? That’s the activity of the developmental editor, whose table is the 1st cease for plenty of manuscripts at the highway to bookdom—a course ably mapped out within the pages of Developmental Editing.
Author Scott Norton has labored with a various variety of authors, editors, and publishers, and his instruction manual presents an method of developmental modifying that's logical, collaborative, funny, and lifelike. He starts off with the center initiatives of shaping the suggestion, discovering the hook, and development the narrative or argument, after which turns to the exertions of executing the plan and setting up a style.
Developmental Editing contains distinctive case stories that includes quite a few nonfiction books—election-year polemic, well known technological know-how, memoir, commute guide—and authors starting from first-timer to veteran, journalist to student. convenient sidebars supply recommendation on easy methods to turn into a developmental editor, create powerful representation courses, and adapt subtle fiction recommendations (such as perspective, suspense, plotting, personality, and surroundings) to nonfiction writing.
Norton’s publication additionally offers freelance copyeditors with how to earn larger charges whereas introducing extra creativity into their paintings lives. It offers acquisitions, advertising, and construction employees a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and strategies for remodeling it right into a bestseller. and maybe most significantly, Developmental modifying equips authors with the concrete instruments they should achieve their audiences.