Not “New Year,” because this has next to nothing to do with the holiday that’s several days past already. Just “new year,” because in fact it is a new year.
Last year there were quite a few changes in our household, but I’m not here to talk about them. Face it; you don’t give a shit about what happens in my house. Not unless it’s editing, and especially if it’s editing YOUR project. So, don’t sweat it. This isn’t the blog equivalent of some dreadful/dreaded holiday letter.
The big change that you WILL care about, though, is that 2017 was the year in which I realized that I am a developmental editor AND a copy editor. I am both. I’m not necessarily more of one than the other. Through a couple of courses I took via the EFA, I came to understand that my natural (one might say “God-given” if one were thus disposed) tendency and style lean toward a combination of those approaches. I cannot NOT make developmental comments when I’m copy editing, and I cannot keep from noticing copy-editing issues when I’m doing a developmental edit. (I try, through calling my DE-only service a “developmental critique.” That’s as much to let the client know it’s not a full edit as it is to remind me of that fact.)
When you book an edit with me, you’re getting the best of both. You’re getting DE comments (“This plot point makes no sense to me because [whatever]” or “the characterization you established two chapters back just vanished. Here’s what happened as I see it …”) in addition to corrections and suggestions for the GUMmy stuff (if you don’t know what that is, you’re either new here or you haven’t been paying attention). I can’t work any other way.
Seriously, I can’t.
And you’re the one who benefits most from that. Lucky you.
Here’s looking toward a successful 2018 for my clients and me. If you’re not one yet, and you want to be, drop me an email. Click the hamburger menu, choose my name from the dropdown, and Bob’s your uncle.