This is mainly a post for any writers interested in a free structural edit (also known as a developmental or comprehensive edit)—but please read on if you know anyone who might benefit!
I’m currently a postgraduate student in the final year of my Masters of Professional Writing and Publishing course, and I’m looking to complete a research project this year. This project will include the complete structural edit of a novel-length manuscript, and I wanted to ask if any writers would be interested in helping me out by offering their manuscript for this edit.
In return, I will be providing a complete structural edit of their work for free.
Obviously this will benefit writers who haven’t yet sent their work off for publishing, but if there are any self-published writers out there who haven’t had their work structurally edited before (even if it’s already out for the world to see), I’d honestly appreciate your generosity as well.
Ultimately, my goal is to help a writer get their manuscript one step closer to publishing, and I’ll be doing my absolute best to provide as much feedback on their work as possible.
What is structural editing?
For those who are unfamiliar with editing practices, structural editing is the first step of the editing process (before copyediting and proofreading) and focuses on the bigger picture—issues with the plot, characterisation, dialogue, and so on.
Essentially, the goal of the structural edit is to identify potential problems that could affect the reading experience of your target audience and figure out the best way to fix these issues so that the reader is satisfied with what they’re reading.
We’ve all read books that started off great only to crash and burn in the end, or books whose main character does a complete 180 and ruins their whole arc—this edit will hopefully help avoid those situations by offering another perspective.
It’s important to note that the advice given by the structural editor is just that—advice. No author can be forced to make alterations but, having said that, this advice is usually given for a reason. The editor and the writer both want the story to succeed.
So, please feel free to let any of your writer friends know if this is something they’d be interested in. If not, sorry for talking your ear off, folks!
If you would like any more information about either the project or editing practices in general, drop a comment or (if you feel more comfortable) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you made it this far, thanks for reading, and I hope you’re all doing well!