Academic Editing, Copyediting & Proofreading

Development Editing

Scott Norton, from the University of California Press, defines development editing as, “significant structuring or restructuring of a manuscript’s discourse,” Developmental Editing: A Handbook for Freelancers, Authors, and Publishers, Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009), 1.

More simply, development editing can focus on either the overall shape or “big picture view” of a manuscript or in the closeup view. The first analyzes a manuscript’s logical flow, are the chapters in the right order, are there too many or too few examples offered, and similar issues. The second may include suggested or actual rewrites at the “chapter, section, paragraph, and sentence level,” Norton, 1.

You can request either or both types of development editing from me.