Role of Developmental Editors
Developmental editing refers to the improvement of the manuscripts’ content and its structure. However, it is important to note that developmental editing is completely different from other activities like copy editing and proofreading. To ensure that the content of the manuscript is free from grammar and punctuation mistakes, the copy editing and proofreading are used. To the contrary, the developmental editing, aims at enhancing the setting of a manuscript, the pace, its plot and the characterization in the script. Developmental editing requires a high level of professionalism but there are hardly no rules but the outcome is highly dependent on the editor’s experience. Life experience gained from the occurrences of certain activities, raises the editors experience in this field. The editor must be a good and a heavy reader of books and scripts in order to understand the requirements of a manuscript.
The developmental editors often carry out at least one round of developmental editing before the publishing of any book. The editing of the content can be lead to many changes on the content of the book. The changes may include the entire changing of the plot. The character roles are expected to shift, since through the developmental editing there can result in the merging of the characters. However, this process of editing is fruitful since it adds the creativity and the attractiveness of the content and the drive for any reader to read the book. Comparing, contents that have not undergone developmental editing are likely to be boring and have no sense of direction.
There are very many famous editors in the editing industry since there are many entities that require the developmental editing in order to ensure the content of their manuscripts is of high quality. Among the most popular editors include the newspapers and magazines editors. The goal of these editors is that they ensure that their employer’s content maintains a competitive edge. Despite being regarded as potential authors, the editors do not write the initial copy of the content. Proofreaders and the copy readers are less closer to the author than the developmental editors.
The editors can also be regarded as the associate editors depending on the type and structure of the publishing companies they work for and they mainly found in this publishing buildings. There are also developmental editing agencies that are mainly found in urban centers where they offer editing services for manuscripts. The developmental editing agencies through their editors offer the editing services before the publishing of the final copy of a manuscript and they give the final desired copy of the script.