A developmental editor is one of the best tools in the writer’s arsenal for creating a good book. Whether you are self-publishing or going through a traditional publisher, your book will be stronger and more focused if you work with a developmental editor to improve it to the point of marketability.
What that means for the writer is that you’ll develop a partnership with your editor that makes your book stronger and more marketable, and it makes you a better author. In fact, if you view your editor as a partner rather than an adversary, you’ll grow into a stronger writer. Writers who listen closely to what their editors saying and listen to the editor’s advice on improving the manuscript emerge as stronger writers and improve their manuscripts with each successive book they write.
That doesn’t mean the editor is always right. However, developmental editors base their judgments on years of experience while working with a wide variety of different authors and a deep understanding of the market.
Developmental editors focus on improving book manuscripts in four different ways.
It can be challenging working with a developmental editor, but it is a necessary part of the writing process. I recommend it for all authors even if you plan to work with a ghostwriter.