Book Developmental Editing
& Line Editing

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adjective: done in a way that is designed, skilled.

Ground zero. The build, the tensions between your protagonist and antagonistic forces to propel story, movement, a poetic edge. Your vision for the book—fiction or nonfiction—needing to be birthed.

Hemingway, Faulkner, and all the other big boppers needed a developmental editor. And a line editor. Chances are you do too.


Four things to know: #1

Developmental editing, the heart of it all: Fueling your creative process while bolstering structure. It's flying at a higher altitude, giving insight and helping you get down to the bones of your deeper thoughts, concretize elements, and flesh out chapter and story development, character arcs and character status, plot concerns, logical stream, clarity issues, inconsistent tones, writing and movement concerns, timelines. It's the bigger-picture view, the panorama, to help define the book’s form and connect the dots for transitional storytelling.

Line editing is developmental editing's soul mate, nestled under its umbrella. But line editing approaches the manuscript from a different lens. It's word-obsessed, poetic, image-building, targeting style, voice, tone, syntax, movement, fluidity, atmosphere, pacing, dialogue flow, rhythm of your words and paragraph structures, credibility issues, stereotypical usages, nebulous sentences. In other words, how you tell your story. It also touches on lighter structural corrections to flag problematic scenes and redundancies.

Each developmental editing stage moves you closer to becoming a better writer, exploring untapped creativity and releasing a book project with current market trends in mind.

Four things to know: #2

For authors using my developmental editing and/or line editing service: the baseline mechanics of copyediting are offered as an extra service, outside the creative developmental editing and line editing. Copyediting is performed on a completed, developed manuscript: grammar, punctuation, spelling, spacing, with red flags on story and word-usage inconsistencies and reader-sensitivity issues.

Four things to know: #3
Breathe. AnnCastro Studio honors you within the creative process. You're the author. The final editorial decisions rest in your hands. After all, it's your book, your vision, your baby. As book editor, I'm the midwife, easing your journey and ensuring your best book delivery.

Self-publishing authors . . . You are applauded and encouraged here. I'm a champion of self-publishing efforts—especially because it widens the field for storytelling. More voices heard . . . more stories told. Once it's determined that your project is a good fit for the Studio's editorial services, I'll help you strengthen your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) and even lend a hand with marketing content: author bios, PRs, social media/website content, one-sheets, and more.

Self-publishing hip-hip-hooray stories. I'm thrilled one of my author-clients—who commissioned me for developmental editing and book editing (line editing and copyediting)—reached a coveted sweet spot, self-publishing her first book, which struck double gold: IPPY gold medal award (Young Adult Fiction, e-book category) and Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards gold medal (teenage division). And now our author-editorial partnership continues across different genres, from that YA dystopian series to an adult psychological thriller series.

Another author-client's self-publishing work—rich fantasy, children's time travel—hit #2 on Amazon for new releases in her story's category. How exciting is that?

Four things to know: #4

Hello, traditional-publishing authors, and welcome. That arena is where I got my start years ago, ghostwriting and editing some titles in nutrition and health/wellness. I'm ready to journey with you on your publishing process, from book developmental editing and line editing to book proposal and query letter reviews.

Backstory: Two of the nonfiction/self-help book projects I've had the privilege of working on were released by major publishers and became New York Times best sellers:

(1) a collaboration with a known author/spokesperson in women's health and nutrition who commissioned me for work encompassing developmental editing, ghostwriting, and line editing; I also worked with her in that capacity on some other titles, as well as articles, columns, speeches, site content, marketing materials
(2) an age-management icon, physician, and new author in the men's health-wellness-fitness arena commissioned me for various levels of work spanning book concept development, followed by developmental editing, ghostwriting, and line editing the first three chapters used for his book—and developing and writing his book proposal; I also worked on his marketing materials, media kit, and newsletter content for his practice: developemental editing, line editing, writing

Another book project in women's health and nutrition—commissioned work embodied developmental editing, ghostwriting, and line editing—became the major publisher's lead book for the year it was released.

Editorial Services
  • meaningful
  • artful
  • credible
  • book packages—added value, customized for your, your book, your project
  • developmental editing [structural development]specific, intentional, encouraging, understandable
  • line editingunder developmental editing umbrella, word-focused, style, voice, movement, syntax
  • copyediting (on manuscripts with my developmental editing and/or line editing)the baseline mechanics [punctuation, grammar, spelling, spacing, consistent word usages, possible sensitivity/bias alerts]
  • ghostwriting with an editorial eyeclarity, form, transition, consistency
  • publishing readinessbook proposals, query letters, author bios/PRs, back cover blurbs, one-sheets, content marketing for social media/sites, eblasts