FAQ

Everything You Need To Know About Editing

Weren't you 29 Chapters Manuscript Services before?

Spot on! Yes, I've since rebranded to include my name and better clarify niche editing services.

What genres do you work with?

What a great question, I enjoy editing a lot of genres. My niche is romance fiction in many sub-genres. The list below is the common genres I’ve worked in:

  • Contemporary
  • Romance
  • Women's Fiction
  • Sports Romance
  • General Literature
  • M/M, G/G, LGBTQ+ Fiction
  • Comedy
  • Chick Lit
  • Young Adult
  • New Adult
  • Paranormal Fantasy/Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Dystopian
  • Erotica

What don't I do?

  • Young Children's Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror
  • Psychological Thrillers
  • Poetry
  • Academic works

Don’t see your genre listed? Enquire to see if I can help or refer you to someone who specialises in your genre.

Isn’t developmental editing another word for ghost writing?

Developmental editing is nothing like ghost writing. I’m not rewriting your manuscript for you. You’ve written the words. You’ve formed the plot. You created the world for the readers.

What I do is assess what you’ve written and make sure it all comes together and makes sense to the reader. Your words are still there. I make sure that the structure is holding and everything links up the way you want it to. No reader likes to find weak characters or weird plot holes.

Where’s your copyediting and proofreading services?

I love working on early stage manuscript editing. For this reason, I’ve chosen to only to work in this area. You’ll find editors who don’t offer developmental editing and only offer copyediting and proofreading as a service.

I’m not afraid to help push the author to deliver more for the manuscript. Your manuscript might be good, but with a developmental edit, together we can make it better.

Working specifically on developmental editing allows me to focus 100% on delivering clients the best the manuscript deserves. I do light copyediting, but due to the nature of how much a developmental edit can change the manuscript, I highly recommend avoiding deep copyediting until the structure of the manuscript is at a stage you’re happy with. My light copy editing comes with feedback and recommendations on what to watch out for when doing revisions.

If you’re after a copyeditor and proofreader, I can refer you to my editor network of talented editors who will happily assist you.

I don't want to lose my writing style/voice.

Of course not! Developmental editing isn't about changing your voice. It's about ensuring the manuscript is structured in a way that engages the reader and carries them through the story. It's about making sure the story sounds credible, and intriguing with your voice. You don't want to lose the reader with over descriptive waffling or under descriptive passages. It's all about striking the balance and making sure you voice and style is keeping those readers engaged. If you request a sample edit of your manuscript you'll see how I work and what developmental editing involves.

How long does it take?

It depends on the length of your manuscript I am editing and prior manuscripts in the queue. When I do start on your manuscript it can take an average of 2-6 weeks. Get in touch to find out the time frame based on word count and when I can start. Got a deadline? Get in touch and we will see if we can work a reasonable timeframe and price.

Are there any benefits for first-time customers?

Absolutely! It's a scary thing to commission an editor to look over something you've worked hard on and close to you heart. To ensure we're both on the same page and a good fit, I happily offer to do a free sample edit up to 2000 words.

At what stage of my manuscript should I send it to you for critique?

Preferably, I’d like to see a completed manuscript, and has had 1-2 rounds of self-edits. I understand beta readers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. So long as you’ve done some self-analysis of your work, and acknowledge there’s parts that need refinement, I’m happy to look it over.

If you’re stuck and you need guidance on structuring and uncompleted manuscript further, I recommend getting a manuscript assessment. This will touch on where the story is coming undone and what resources to tap into to help you further the story.

If you’re super-keen for me to read a incomplete manuscript with full developmental editing services to it, contact me and I’ll assess if it’s feasible to do so.

How many rounds of developmental editing do I need?

When you work with a publisher, it’s not uncommon to have a couple of rounds of developmental edits before publishing. Budget rarely stretches to allow several rounds of developmental edits. I factor this in mind when I do my edits and try cover everything in one round.

From there, my clients make the changes they need from the feedback and report, before engaging in beta readers. Beta readers often answer short, but easy questions about what they did and didn’t like about the manuscript. This allows the author to capture as much as they need to do during the structural editing process before passing it onto a copyeditor. This is the best of both worlds for authors!

A visit to the testimonials page and you’ll see how authors have done with developmental edits under my services.

Can you make me a bestseller?

No. This is impossible for any editor to do. I can help improve your manuscript, but the rest is on you, what you decide to implement and how your marketing is. Sometimes, the book just isn’t ready for the world to read. Like many authors, who didn’t become popular until after their deaths, they didn’t give up! Keep writing, keep developing your writing skills, and connect with readers and authors, you’ll gain a lifetime of learnings and readers who love your stories.

I'm nervous! what if my story isn't up to scratch?/the feedback isn't what I anticipated?

This has to be just about every writer's fear. And that is perfectly normal! Feedback given is always intended to be constructive feedback. Receiving feedback is not a bad thing at all. It's not designed to put you off from writing ever again. It's there to strengthen your work, help you capture your readers attention, and grow as a writer. And remember, you have control over the story and where it goes. Any feedback given, you do not have to agree with it. You are the writer after all, and how your story goes, is entirely up to you! I'm here to offer input where family and friends may not necessarily be the best place to give feedback.

Ready to submit your manuscript for editing?

Contact me and I'll send on the information of the process, and what format to send your manuscript in.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Lauren

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