Most of us are drawn to publishing because we want to engage thoughtfully with text. We prefer being editors to critics; we would rather help an author shape a successful manuscript than evaluate a book after publication. We call this empathetic, collaborative guidance developmental editing. This introductory workshop will help you understand the nature and scope of developmental editing and give you an opportunity to practice on a nonfiction manuscript sample in class.
Topics of discussion include
- Analyzing and articulating a manuscript’s needs
- Translating editorial goals and vision into a specific, realistic plan for revision
- Understanding the keys to editorial excellence
- Creating successful, productive relationships with authors
- Navigating interactions among developmental editor, author, and publisher
Note: Enroll early to receive materials for review before the first class meeting; the session will be far more fruitful with several hours’ preparation. Participants in Melissa Stein’s former program A Spoonful of Sugar: Crafting Successful Editor/Author Communications will find that some class materials overlap, and if you have taken that class, we suggest that you contact the Editcetera office before enrolling in Developmental Editing.
Melissa Stein has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. She performs project management, copywriting, and all levels of editing for publishers, packagers, corporations, advertising agencies, nonprofit organizations, and independent authors. She has taught editing for Editcetera and UC Berkeley Extension and writing at UC Davis, leads customized on-site workshops, and provides one-on-one tutoring.