Developmental Editing

News, Perspectives, and Insights on Writing and Publishing

From the Staff of The Editorial Department

October 12, 2016

You Need a Good Editor
What I wish I'd know before I started: Part 1

Now that my novel, Flaming Harry Sweeney, is self-published, I can offer a hearty congratulations to none other than myself—and more importantly, advice on “What I Wish I’d Known Before I Started” to you fellow travelers and aspiring authors. First off, do it! Writing a book turned out to […]
August 6, 2016

Reread Report

Reread Report Followup review and feedback for a new draft of a revised manuscript already at least once reviewed by TED.
August 6, 2016

Manuscript Consultation

Manuscript Consultation Ongoing editorial feedback and development support via notes, phone, or in-person discussion.
July 26, 2016

What Editors (Really) Do
A guide for authors, by Editorial Department founder Renni Browne

In one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons by Sam Gross, a cat is maniacally clawing an upholstered chair, obviously not for the first time. In the caption its owner explains to her guests: “We believe that in a former life she was an editor.” Over the forty-five […]
May 16, 2016

Manuscript Evaluation

Manuscript Evaluation Editorial memo assessing commercial and literary potential and areas for improvement.
May 16, 2016

Introductory Critique

Introductory Critique Written assessment of a manuscript’s first 10 pages addressing craft, market, and overall effectiveness. Includes follow-up consultation with your editor by phone or email.