With the Developmental Edit, you’ll get extensive in-line notes and suggestions written right into your manuscript draft. And you’ll get a system for tackling them without feeling swamped. I’ll talk you through what to do—then it’s up to you to roll up your sleeves and get to work.
Our work together won't end once I hand over your annotated manuscript. It’s more like a pass of the baton. Your turn. Not to worry though: I'm not going anywhere. You’ve got me for a full 30 days, and I’ll be dying to see (and give feedback on) the changes you make.
STRUCTURE + ORGANIZATION
Get everything where it needs to go first by making the structural moves (organizing at the book level) and then organizational moves (organizing within the chapter).
CONTENT + CLARITY
AKA what you’re saying and how you’re saying it. Flesh out the important topics, clarify your message, and hold your reader’s attention.
Does your audience know why they should listen to you? (Do you?) Make your writing direct and straightforward. Strengthen your argument. Ensure that your readers trust you and your message.
TONE + PACE + CONSISTENCY
Does your writing veer from dry as a bone to more spirited than a tent revival? Do you offer a laundry list of action items in Chapter 3 and a whole lotta nada in Chapter 4? Does your book drag at the end? Take the necessary steps to make sure your readers stick around.
Add the details, the energy, the flashes of personality that liven up your writing and make your readers want to be your friend (or buy tickets to your next event).
TRIM + TIGHTEN + CLEANUP
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Keep your message focused and direct while also keeping your book an engaging read.
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“Ann intuitively grasped my goals for my book and provided immediately constructive feedback.”
Half a dozen good friends, all of them super smart, reviewed the same manuscript, but Ann's comments were on another level in helping me re-work the material.
— Douglas Cole
Command+Z's clientele spans industries; whatever your wheelhouse, I'll offer you guidance and actionable advice to elevate your book to its highest potential. While our process will be tailored to you and your book, here’s what you can expect from our time together.
Our work begins with a thorough review of your manuscript, notes, and other materials. During our project kick-off session, we'll talk about your goals and ideas, and your book's problem spots. I'll also ask you questions to better understand your business. From the information we gather in this session, I’ll have everything I need to assess your manuscript.
I’ll do two editorial passes of your manuscript. The first will be as a reader; I’ll experience your writing just like your reader would and flag anywhere I feel confused, bored, or let down. (Hey, it happens!) Then I’ll begin again, this time as your editor. I’ll note every opportunity to improve your book, and leave you a buffet of comments, questions, suggestions, and even compliments in the margins of your manuscript.
Once I return your annotated manuscript to you, I’ll give you a few days to review my suggestions. Then you and I will then hash it all out in a 60-minute strategy session. We’ll cram as much as possible into our time together to make sure you leave with advice you can use. And you’ll get a recording of our session—no frantic note-taking required.
After our call, you’ll get 30 days of email support. Got follow-up questions? Want me to look over a reworked chapter? Ask away!
The first thing to do is reach out to me by filling out the contact form and telling me a bit more about you and your book.
Next, we'll connect via email or Zoom, and talk about you, your manuscript, and whether the Developmental Edit is the best fit for your needs.
Choose your start date, pay the initial deposit to lock it down, and send me everything you've got. Then it's off to the races.
“ANN HELPED ME FINISH THE BOOK I’D BEEN STUCK ON FOR 4+ YEARS”
She got me to reexamine my own work in a way that lit a fire under my writing/revising process.
— Michelle Lopez-Boggs