Developmental editing refers to the improvement of the manuscripts’ content and its structure. However, it is important to note that developmental editing is completely different from other activities like copy editing and proofreading. These are basically methods of editing that enhance the grammar, and ensure that punctuation and spelling are well observed. The developmental editing role in a manuscript is to improve its plot, the setting of the pace and improving the characterization in the manuscript. 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. The editor must be a good and a heavy reader of books and scripts in order to understand the requirements of a manuscript.
At least one round of developmental editing is required before the publishing of the manuscript. The editing of the content can be lead to many changes on the content of the book. Among the changes is the complete change of the plot. Characters can be merged through developmental editing and that can also lead to the shifting of the character roles. After the editing, the content is usually more worthy reading because it enhances its creativity and its attractiveness. On the contrary, there is a difference between the manuscripts that have undergone developmental editing and those that haven’t since those that have not are likely to be boring and may even lack of direction and enthusiasm.
Many entities require developmental editing in order to raise the quality of the content of their manuscripts and books and hence they often hire these editors. Newspapers and magazines editors are the common known editors. The objective of the developmental editors is that they seek to improve the content to be published by their employers and the companies they work for, so that the content gives the company a competitive edge over other competitors Despite being regarded as potential authors, the editors do not write the initial copy of the content. Compared to the proofreaders and the copy readers, the developmental editors are more closer to the author.
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 editing by this agencies is done just before publishing or rather they do the final process of arriving at the desired copy of the script.