Writers write because we need to be read. It’s powerful to connect with others through our words. But it’s not just a cliche that writing is a lonely process. We spend hours alone with our words. Sometimes we get entangled in our pages and paragraphs, especially after extensive revision. At that point we can lose sight of the big picture, of what needs to be cut, what needs to be developed. Sometimes a piece evolves so much that we no longer know what it’s really “about.” We feel stuck or stalled. That’s when we can benefit from working with a developmental editor.
After working with editors on three books and countless articles, I have a thorough understanding of how the editorial process works. It is both exhausting and exhilarating, by turns. Now, in addition to doing my own fresh writing, I sometimes assist other writers.
An article by Katherine Pickett (from Jane Friedman’s website) describes What Is A Developmental Editor and What Can You Expect? The rates listed at this website will give you an idea what various editorial services cost.
Contact me (below) and tell me about your project — What’s the topic, the length, the hoped-for outcome? I’ll reply with questions if necessary. We can even talk on the phone (gasp!). I’ll quote you a price for your specific project so you can determine whether you’re ready to move forward. Let’s get started!