The editorial world is that which lacks the coherent descriptions of the editorial services. The editors do have the freedom so that they can define their own services. Even if there is a lack of concrete definitions, it may be frustrating as it makes it difficult to have a meaningful conversation.
Developmental editing – an umbrella term
Developmental editing has various types of editing that may cause major confusion. But on the other hand you will find that it is an editing in its own way and right.
- This type of editing includes issues to do with story, or plot or characterisation or structure and tension. This may or even may not address the suitability of the market. It will not look into the potential story or the success on the premise or even the market trends. It also does not address spelling or grammar, punctuation or the structure of the sentence.
- The developmental editing actually looks at the big picture of the story telling issues. Usually the feedback is presented either as editorial report or as notes in the manuscript pages.
- The editorial report is a completely separate document that helps to summarise the editor’s assessment. This contains the suggestions of how the author can improve upon the manuscript. This can be done by strengthening certain elements.
- The manuscript will contain comments on how the techniques in story telling can be strengthened. The editorial report helps to improve the manuscript and also highlight specific instances where the technique of storytelling can be improved.
The editors will edit sections extensively so that they can demonstrate the ways the author might address practically. All this is done to improve the story. The author and the editor works collaboratively on the manuscript but the final say in making the changes will be on the author.