A developmental edit addresses big-picture issues like plot, long and short lines of tension, character development, voice, and theme, with emphasis on the beginning and end. I highlight areas that are overwritten or underdeveloped and help you understand your piece’s strengths. My developmental package always includes an editorial letter, editorial comments, a conversation and continuing support.
The editorial letter begins with an overview of my response, funnels down to increasingly specific suggestions and ends with a summary of action items. I’ll help you figure out what your piece is and what it could be, and I’ll examine the role of every major character and event. In some cases, I’ll give you a new outline. My aim is to give you a blueprint for revision.
My comments in the margin might:
- Diagnose a problem.
- Call your attention to a stylistic tic.
- Give you kudos for a well-turned description.
- Suggest a new line or plot point.
Our conversation is your chance to explain what you were trying to do. I’ll tell you whether or not you succeeded and make some new suggestions about how to proceed. These conversations often turn into a joint brainstorming session.
I’ll clarify my comments or answer new questions about your manuscript forever.
Typically, I’ll complete a developmental edit three or four weeks after we start working together. Contact me for a quote.
A line edit focuses on your prose. I’ll improve your manuscript’s style, rhythm and clarity by rewriting phrases and rearranging paragraphs. I’ll also tighten up your dialogue and make editorial comments in the margin.
Typically, I’ll complete a line edit three or four weeks after we start working together. Contact me for a quote.
Personal Statement Editing
When you’re applying to graduate or professional school, your numbers put you in the running, but your words distinguish you. I am a veteran of admissions processes: I graduated from Yale and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and I was accepted to Harvard and Yale Law School before starting my editing business. I’ve read personal statements for the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and published personal essays in national publications, including The New York Times. I’m currently developing a personal statement course for 7Sage LSAT. Whether you’re applying to law school, business school, medical school, an MFA program or something else entirely, I can help you make your personal statement sing.
A typical edit might involve three rounds. In the first round, I’ll address big-picture issues such as concept, structure and theme. You’ll get an editorial letter and a marked-up manuscript, which you’ll use as you revise. In the second round, I’ll address such issues as the persuasiveness and vividness of your anecdotes, your tone, your introduction and your conclusion. Again, you’ll get an editorial letter and a marked-up manuscript, which you’ll use as you revise. In the third round, I’ll focus on your prose, improving your essay’s style, rhythm and clarity by rewriting phrases and rearranging paragraphs.
You’ve got a great idea for a story but need help fleshing it out. I’ll brainstorm with you and pass along an initial outline.
Jonathan Lethem once said that good writing simply has more: more story, more jokes, more observations, more ideas. Editors often focus on less: how can we say this in fewer words? How can we make the story tighter? A creative consultation is all about more.