Developmental Editing

Developmental Editing

Congratulations!

You’ve completed a draft.

You’ve celebrated, caught up on your sleep, and reintroduced yourself to your family and friends . . .

You’re just about ready to get back to work.

….

Are you ready for another set of eyes?

Developmental editing. also called structural editing, is “big-picture” editing.

When I read your manuscript, I won’t be line editing; I’ll be looking at the structure of the work, your use of setting, the complexity of your characters, your use of language (your voice and tone, the consistency of your style), and at the strength of the connection you’ve created with your audience.

I will prepare detailed, written feedback that will highlight the strengths of your work and point out areas in need of further exploration or development. For example, maybe your novel actually begins with the third chapter (with the first two chapters being background material that you will weave into later chapters); maybe one of your characters is one-dimensional, for example a stock bad guy who needs to be more fully developed. Maybe your style is inconsistent or your voice isn’t coming through as powerfully as it could, causing the story (fiction or non) to sag in spots.

I will never try to take over your work, to dictate what you should do. I’m a writer myself, and I respect that your work belongs to you. I don’t believe in formulas, in paint-by-number writing. I will encourage you to take risks, to stretch just slightly beyond your comfort level, so you can create powerful, beautiful, compelling work.

My Fee: $85/hour

Not sure? That makes total sense. Let’s talk.

CONTACT ME to schedule a free, 60-minute, no-obligation phone consultation to discuss your work, your vision, your needs.


Here are testimonials from three of the authors I’ve worked with as a developmental editor.

After struggling for years with various versions of Push Not the River, I worked on the manuscript with Pam Sourelis and within a short period of time things began to fall into place. Pam has an eye and an ear for the written word par excellence. I didn’t always agree with the master at first, but in the end I found out she was always spot on. For an editor with a fantastic mix of insight, foresight, and down-to-earth good sense, a writer could not do better. Push Not the River was at last picked up and by one of the big leaguers, St. Martin’s Press. When they requested a sequel, Pam again helped me ready the manuscript for Against a Crimson Sky.

James Conroyd Martin
Author of The Poland Trilogy
and IPPY Gold Medal Winner,
The Boy Who Wanted Wings

jamescmartin.com


Pamela Sourelis is an extraordinary editor and a wonderful human being. I’ve had the pleasure and the privilege to work with Pam on several books, and it has always been a beautiful experience for me watching her take my writing to new levels. Pam’s light-handed editing style preserves my writing style perfectly but gives it the focus and clarity it would otherwise lack. She is the perfect advocate of both author and reader.

Patrick Pfeiffer
Performer and Teaching Artist
Bestselling Author

patrickpfeifferbass.com


Pam helped me write a book! I had no idea what I was doing when I started writing. I knew that I had a story to tell but I underestimated the size of the project, and I was unaware of the all of the steps that would go into refining my work. Pam guided me through the entire process. She knew when there should be more revisions, when I needed beta readers, even when I should step away from the project and work on supplementary writing exercises. She knew the next step when I didn’t.

Pam helped me find my voice! When I started writing, I knew that my written tone was completely different from my spoken one. I had a tough time writing to my audience in my authentic voice. I had a really tough time writing a story that was relatable. Pam gave me the exercises that I needed to loosen up and find my voice.

With all of the help and guidance that Pam gave me, she never told me the answer. Often I knew that she had a solution to the challenge that I was facing in my writing at that moment, but she never told me what to do. She always guided me to my own solution, my own answer. And then, once my project was finished, Pam took my writing education one step farther: She had become so familiar with my writing and my grammatical challenges that she was able to tell me what rules I routinely break. Pam taught me to be a better writer.

Constance Watkins
Author of Remote First: A Manager’s Guide to Building Remote Culture

ThinkRemoteFirst.com

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Substantive Editing and Copyediting

NOTE: At this time, I am only offering this level of editing for work I have developmentally edited. 

At this level of editing, I will focus on individual words, sentences, and paragraphs (as opposed to developmental/structural editing, above). I will correct grammatical and mechanical errors, untangle confusing sentences, and make suggestions about word choice.

Heavier editing is referred to as substantive editing; lighter editing is copy editing. I will only do the amount of editing your work needs. I will never inject my own style into your work or try to make your work reflect my own writing sensibilities. I will often make suggestions about changes, which you are then free to accept or reject.

Your work is your work. My job is to help you make it stronger, more clear, and more effective.


Here a few testimonials from writers whose work I have copyedited.

Finally, [thank you] to our editors at IDG and especially Pam Sourelis. Franchising For Dummies would not have been possible without Pam’s patience, her clarity of language, and her understanding of what you, the reader, need to know. If you enjoy reading Franchising For Dummies, Pam is responsible for that.

Michael Seid, from the Authors’ Acknowledgments in Franchising For Dummies


Pam edited my first book, when I was just getting starting writing in 2001. The experience I had with Pam taught me so much of what I know today about writing; I’ve since gone on to write seven additional books. As a result of Pam’s fine work, all of the rest of my manuscripts were delivered as more complete and polished works. I am so appreciative of the hard work Pam put into my book, the high quality she made me live up to and her tremendous patience in working with a new writer.

sherikoones.com


Pam is the queen of clarity. She has provided me with invaluable support in areas of editing and writing. She is very easy to work with, fast, efficient and very fair. Pam is a great colleague and a true delight to work with on projects large and small.
Lauri Alpern, president, Open Door Advisors

opendooradvisorsinc.com/about.html#services

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