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If you are interested in working with a developmental editor during the Summer of 2022, let me know a little bit about your project in the form below. Then we’ll schedule a free 30-minute consultation to see how we might be able to work together. (If you would rather, you can email the information to me at JamesBergNY@gmail.com.)

Editors can help in any number of ways, depending on your needs For a description of various levels of service, see below.  

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Types of editors

What is a developmental editor, and how is it different from a line editor or copy editor? (Definitions courtesy of the Editorial Freelancers Association.)

Developmental

Developmental editors develop a book or other project from the initial concept onward, working closely with the author or client to study competing works and create a product that stands out. Note that the terms “developmental editor,” “substantive editor,” “structural editor,” and “content editor” overlap and are sometimes used interchangeably for editors who identify and/or implement different large-scale strategies for improving a manuscript.

Line

Line editors work at the sentence or paragraph level of a project. Like copyeditors, they correct errors, but their main focus is on improving the language and style of the text. Line editing may be performed as a separate service, in conjunction with developmental editing, after big-picture issues have been addressed, or in conjunction with copyediting.

Copy

The role of the copyeditor is as broad as it is important. Copyeditors correct spelling, grammar, usage, and punctuation, check cross-references, and prepare the style sheets that guide consistency and accuracy across the manuscript.