Responsibility of the Developmental Editors
Developmental editing refers to the improvement of the manuscripts’ content and its structure. Developmental editing is totally different from the copy editing and proofreading. These are basically methods of editing that enhance the grammar, and ensure that punctuation and spelling are well observed. 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. In order to understand the requirements of a manuscript, the developmental editor must be a good and a heavy reader of scripts and books.
The developmental editors often carry out at least one round of developmental editing before the publishing of any book. Many changes may result from the content editing. Among the changes is the complete change of the plot. After the developmental editing, the characters in the pl0ot can be merged and hence this can lead to the entire change of the script due to the change in the characters’ roles. 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.
Many famous editors are hired to help improve and raise the standard of an entities’ manuscript. Newspapers and magazines editors are the common known editors. The goal of these editors is that they ensure that their employer’s content maintains a competitive edge. This editors are commonly regarded as the authors it is just that they do not write the initial copy of the manuscript. The closeness of the developmental editors to the author is higher compared to the other copy readers or those that carry out the proofreading.
These editors can be found and are mostly located in publishing buildings where they are basically regarded as editors but depending on the structure of the publishing company, they can be regarded as the associate editors. There are also developmental editing agencies that are mainly found in urban centers where they offer editing services for manuscripts. The developmental editing agencies work to arrive at the desired copy of the script through their experienced editors before the publishing of the final copy.