Girls, I still have questions:
How long does developmental editing take?
For an average manuscript, one editorial pass takes a month to six weeks.
Does the developmental edit include copyediting?
Dev editing is not the same as copyediting and is not a substitute for that next valuable step. Copyeditors work to enforce style choices, correct grammar and spelling, and engage in fact-checking. Our editorial process is comprised of a minimum of three distinct steps: developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading.
What if I don't think I need a developmental edit?
While some people feel they can skip this initial and vital step before publishing their work, we have yet to serve a client who was not grateful they didn't cut corners. Not only does dev editing help shape the narrative form of your book, tailoring it to your audience, it's also the time to make line-level adjustments for voice and clarity. Going straight to copyedit (or, gasp, proof!) is like painting a cracked or crumbling wall.
Where can I find more information?
Get in touch with Christina Henry de Tessan.