Fiction editing requires writing experience and a deep knowledge of craft.
Common Issues in Fiction
Fiction is a unique type of writing that presents certain problems not found in nonfiction.
What’s in the head is not on the page
Point of View
"Show, Don't Tell"
How a Developmental Fiction Editor Can Help You
I will help you write a better story.
As the word implies, I will help you develop your story and your craft as a writer. I don’t simply tell you what’s wrong with your manuscript, I explain why I feel that way, which ranges from the subjective “reader reaction” to the objective “matters of craft.” I also offer suggestions to improve the story and provide examples of how you might do things differently.
No matter what kind of editing package you get, a large part of what I do is teaching. Every package comes with a consultation over Skype, which means after you have a chance to go over my written feedback, you get to ask questions, use me as a sounding board, and discuss the direction of your work.
I work with writers of all genres on stand-alone novels, series, and serials. Children’s, Contemporary, Detective, Fantasy, Historical, Horror, Mystery, Post-apocalyptic, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Thriller, Western, Young Adult, and combination genres.
Fiction Author Testimonials
Alida opened my eyes to problems with my book I wasn’t in a position to see, then led me, with encouragement and an experienced hand, through the revision process that took my novel to a level of quality I was proud to publish. I relied on her expertise for my first book and look forward to working with her again!Matt (MG) Herron
Ultimately, a developmental editor is a highly skilled, objective, extra set of eyes.
The best editor for you will be someone you can have a professional relationship with, who is honest, and has an understanding of both writing craft and English usage.