By Scott Norton

ISBN-10: 0226595145

ISBN-13: 9780226595146

Modifying is a difficult enterprise. It calls for analytical aptitude and artistic panache, the persistence of a saint and the imaginative and prescient of a author. remodeling a manuscript right into a booklet that edifies, evokes, and sells? That’s the task of the developmental editor, whose table is the 1st cease for plenty of manuscripts at the street to bookdom—a direction 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 guide presents an method of developmental enhancing that's logical, collaborative, funny, and life like. He starts off with the middle initiatives of shaping the inspiration, discovering the hook, and construction the narrative or argument, after which turns to the labor of executing the plan and developing a style.

Developmental Editing contains distinct case stories that includes numerous nonfiction books—election-year polemic, renowned technology, memoir, shuttle guide—and authors starting from first-timer to veteran, journalist to student. convenient sidebars provide recommendation on tips on how to develop into a developmental editor, create powerful representation courses, and adapt refined fiction thoughts (such as viewpoint, suspense, plotting, personality, and atmosphere) to nonfiction writing.  

Norton’s e-book additionally offers freelance copyeditors with the way to earn better charges whereas introducing extra creativity into their paintings lives. It provides acquisitions, advertising and marketing, and creation employees a vocabulary for diagnosing a manuscript’s flaws and strategies for reworking it right into a bestseller. and maybe most significantly, Developmental Editing equips authors with the concrete instruments they should achieve their audiences.

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Some first-timers freeze, foot raised in mid-air, awed by the momentous step they are about to take. Others plunge blithely forward, assuming that their previous experience as contributors to journals, magazines, newspapers, government reports, edited volumes, or blogs has prepared them for whatever surprises sole authorship may hold. Most have no idea of the number of hours they are about to invest, not only in writing, but also in responding to recommendations by the acquisitions editor or expert readers, reviewing the copyeditor’s changes, chasing down incomplete citations, securing permissions for quotations and illustrations, reading proofs, creating or editing the index, supplying contacts for media reviews and events, and doing readings and signings.

Bentham” but to offer Hedda a job. Hedda had to admit, the story was enticing. Freimarke’s use of a tiny digital camera and audio recording device while posing as a woman had all the intrigue of an espionage blockbuster. His true gender had been discovered on three separate occasions, and each time he’d narrowly escaped severe harm. And the honesty with which he chronicled the progression of his estrogen treatments— observing, in hauntingly clinical detail, their effects on his body, emotions, and social interactions—had the psychological complexity of a great memoir.

Lainie had already discovered several respectable midlist successes in the office “slush pile”—that stack of unsolicited manuscripts that buries the desk of the least senior staff member—and was quickly making a name for herself in-house with her eye for projects that mix social consciousness with the latest forms of entertainment. But the office was already top-heavy with senior editors, so she wouldn’t be getting promoted any time soon—unless she could find a project to make a big enough splash.

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