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Developmental Editing of Fiction: Strategies for Stepping Back to See the Big Picture (Webinar Recording)


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Developmental editing is an involved process that requires analyzing of a lot of moving parts. Keeping track of those parts in a systemized way allows you to ensure you cover what you need to.

Adding structure to your process can help you stay focused on the elements that matter. That, in turn, can help you deliver an edit that targets what your client needs.

This webinar covers:

  • Using systems to keep track of key story elements and help you analyze them
  • Techniques to help you step back and give yourself space to think about the story
  • Creating a structural plan to help you maintain focus when marking up the manuscript
  • Processes that can help you communicate with the author about the big picture

Tanya Gold is a book editor, writing coach, and literary omnivore based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has been in publishing for about twenty years, and has worked on all kinds of cool books. These days, she edits fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She puts her industry experience and MA in creative writing to use by helping authors make their stories stronger, improve their writing skills, and navigate the complex world of publishing. It has been suggested that she reads too much for her own good. This might be true.

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