Developmental Editing

Once the province of editors at publishing houses, which have cut staff and curtailed services, this function is now often relegated to freelance editors who deal with the manuscript from concept to completion. A developmental editor looks first at the big picture—concept, thesis, structure, narrative arc, character development, style, voice, language, point of view, and organization—and then carries out a line-by-line analysis (or substantive editing), suggesting revisions and posing specific queries on sections, paragraphs, and sentences.

 

  • Lori Kozlowski

    Writer, journalist, editor, and digital media leader, Lori Kozlowski has edited dozens of writers and worked with several companies on content and digital strategy. Services: Novel and nonfiction manuscript editing, content strategy and development, web editing, and ghostwriting.

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  • Monica Faulkner

    Editorial, project management, online marketing, and speaker support services for fiction and nonfiction authors; proposals; screenplays; business marketing materials (written and online).

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  • Barbara DeSantis

    Editor, writer, coach. Literary and commercial fiction, including young adult. Memoir and narrative nonfiction, self-help, spirituality. Developmental and line editing, ghostwriting. Manuscript critiques, book proposals, marketing materials. More than 25 years book-publishing experience.

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  • Laura Golden Bellotti

    Editor and writer of nonfiction books and book proposals in the areas of psychology, spirituality, relationships, women’s issues, parenting, health, and creativity.

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  • Deborah A. Lott, MFA

    Writing, editing: psychology, psychiatry, public health, social science, medicine, particularly gastroenterology, internal medicine, and cardiology, memoir, autobiography and nonfiction narratives; research.

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  • Suzanne Mantell

    Editing and writing, books and articles. Narrative nonfiction. Memoir. Pop culture. High culture. Arts journalism. Profiles. Animals and people. Psychology. Literary fiction.

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  • Kristin Loberg

    Specializing in transforming experts’ knowledge and ideas into reader-friendly works for general audiences, Kristin has helped dozens of books go from concept to creation and find success in the market. Multiple books on which she’s collaborated have spent weeks on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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  • Jenna Rose Robbins

    Writer, editor, and web consultant with experience producing in-house editorial for such companies as AOL and Disney. Services include: Novel and manuscript editing, social media, content strategy, ghostwriting, web consulting.

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  • Nomi Isak

    Writer, coach, and developmental editor, Nomi specializes in collaboration and ghostwriting, as well as guiding authors through the process of writing their own books. Services include manuscript critiques for both fiction and nonfiction, and proposal and web content development.

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  • Amy Friedman

    Amy Friedman has written, ghostwritten, and edited dozens of memoirs and creative nonfiction works. She has published thousands of essays and stories and writes the internationally syndicated newspaper feature Tell Me a Story.

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