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Advanced Editing and Evaluation


Grow your editorial business with developmental editing and manuscript evaluations

What is developmental editing?

Development editors look closely at the overall content of a story or message from a bird's-eye view. They focus on issues in plot, characterization, dialogue, pacing and logic. Developmental editing is the first stage of the editing process after receiving a manuscript from a writer. It is an essential step for book publishers. With business and nonfiction content, developmental editing is part of an editor’s role in working with content.

What is manuscript evaluation?

Manuscript evaluations are editorial reports containing your professional feedback and recommendations on what works and doesn’t work in a story, and what needs to be improved and changed. They can range from 4 to 25 pages in length, depending on the project. A manuscript evaluation does not require in-depth, page-by-page edits like developmental edits, and they take a shorter amount of time to do. This service is popular with indie writers who are on a budget or who have shorter publishing timelines.

This 2-in-1 program is what you’ll use to:

Scale your editorial business by offering two high-value, in-demand skills: developmental editing and manuscript evaluation

Work as a developmental editor for all kinds of content, including fiction books

Offer manuscript evaluations, aka “beta reading” and “editorial assessments” as a standalone service

Confidently assess and edit a manuscript to provide feedback on core structural issues like plot, logic and characterization

Edit nonfiction and business communications to improve messaging, intent and structure

Work with content at the earliest and most lucrative stage of the editing process

Note From Phon

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be offering my new program, Advanced Editing and Evaluation (AEE). Developmental editing and manuscript evaluation are two sought-after skills in the publishing and content industries. They are both excellent ways to grow your business, increase your income and build your clientele. What I love is that they will allow you to work with publishing houses, indie writers, agencies, businesses and entrepreneurs.

The skills you will learn in AEE will allow you to edit content by looking at it from a higher level. Unlike proofreading, copyediting and line editing, you do not perform direct edits on the content. Instead, you provide your professional feedback and recommendations on story, structure, and logic for the writer to implement. As you can see, it’s an excellent way to build on your existing editorial skills.

I decided to put the two skills together in one program because they complement each other very well. Developmental editing and manuscript evaluations are rooted in the same understanding of story, messaging and structure. Both require you to know the various conventions of a fiction story or piece of nonfiction content. While they have some things in common, they are separate services that each offer unique value to your business and the client.

As I develop Advanced Editing and Evaluation, I am focused on creating something that will propel your editorial skills to another level so you and your business stand out in the content and publishing industries. I hope you’ll join me in the program!

Phon Baillie
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