on Career Authors:
In Part 1 of this series, we discussed self-editing techniques that every author should use while writing a rough draft. In Part 2, we will discuss a collaborative process known in the industry as developmental editing. The purpose of the developmental edit is for an experienced editor to provide detailed, all-encompassing feedback as well as honest, constructive counsel to the author.
While some authors might liken the process to a flogging, I do not. In fact, I consider developmental editing as one of the best perks of being traditionally published. I say this because the services of a developmental editor do not come cheap and fall outside the budget of most aspiring authors. To become a truly great author, you must experience a developmental edit firsthand at least once in your career and learn from it.