Episode 6

Published on:

18th Dec 2019

S3E6: Developmental editing and critiques

Denise and Louise chat with editor Sophie Playle about developmental editing and critiques for fiction authors.

Listen to find out more about:

  • An overview of what developmental editing includes
  • Critiques as big-picture evaluation
  • Who benefits from developmental editing and critiques
  • Where developmental editing and critiques fit into the editing process
  • Whether an author needs to hire a specialist editor for developmental editing
  • Writing coaching versus developmental editing
  • The difference between story and plot
  • Story structure – planning versus revision
  • Story structure – conscious deviation from traditional three-act structure
  • Story structure – momentum
  • Narrative style
  • Subplots – when they work and
  • How theme can hold a story together

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‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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About the Podcast

The Editing Podcast
Make your editing and writing life easier with Denise and Louise
Editing your book is essential, whether you do it yourself or work with a pro. Join two professional editors, Denise Cowle and Louise Harnby, as they explore ways in which authors can make their publishing journeys easier. If you want to learn how to improve your writing and self-editing with tips, tools and guidance, The Editing Podcast is for you.

About your hosts

Louise Harnby

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Louise is a line editor, copyeditor and proofreader who works with indie authors of commercial fiction. She specializes in crime, thrillers and mysteries. Louise lives in Norwich, England. Don't ask her to say 'bootiful' or there'll be even more trouble!

Denise Cowle

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Denise is a copyeditor and proofreader who works with publishers, businesses and independent authors. She specializes in non-fiction, particularly education, business and social sciences.
Denise lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Don’t ask her to say ‘curly wurly’ or there might be a murrrdurrr!