Confused about editing?
Editing has many more forms than just “editing.” There is “developmental editing,” “copyediting,” “proofreading,” and more. At the ACES conference, I learned more about developmental editing.
Developmental editing is about the bigger picture. It helps the writer with their plot, scenes, voice, structure, and more. This kind of editing cares about looking at your work from a distance. It does not work with grammar and syntax as much.
At first, your editor might ask questions. What is your word count? What is the deadline? What is your strengths or weaknesses as a writer? What is your publishing goals? What do you expect from me as an editor? These questions are essential. Editors cannot read your mind, and you want to be on the same page.
The editor may do two complete edits. They’ll keep track of story parts like your scenes, plot developments, characters, etc.
The edits can take from a couple of weeks to about a month. Make sure you know when to expect them back from your editor. You don’t want to freak out and email a million times.
If you have any questions, leave a comment below! Hopefully, this post cleared some things up. Let me know if I should do this for other kinds of editing as well.