A book needs more than just a copy editor looking for grammatical errors and that’s where a developmental editor comes in. A developmental editor focus on the plot and structure of your book and can point out problem areas or help you find the right direction for your book. However, working with a developmental editor can be difficult. A few things to keep in mind are:
- Have an open mind. A developmental editor is going to critique your work, but it’s important to remember that it is constructive criticism. The criticism is going to be designed to help your book so seriously consider the editors feedback.
- Good communication. Simply handing off your book to an editor isn’t going to get much feedback because the editor has no idea what your plans are for the manuscript. So it’s a good idea to discuss with the editor your goals and vision for the book so the editor can help you achieve your goals.
- Timeliness. Working with a developmental editor involves a lot of scheduling and they will work hard to meet scheduled deadlines. So it’s important that the author works hard getting a revised version of the manuscript to the editor to review.