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Can a Developmental Editor Make Your Book Unique?

hire a developmental editorLet’s face it, publishing a book is an investment. Save both time and money by hiring a developmental editor right from the start. For the record, a developmental editor is not a proofreader. Instead, they look at the overall structure of your book from your ideal reader’s point of view and do a thorough edit of your manuscript.

Why It’s Hard to Write a Book

About 81 percent of people who say they want to write a book never do. Why? Because they don’t know where to start or they are simply overwhelmed by the process. There’s one thing you can do to solve this problem—invest in hiring a professional developmental editor to help with the structure of your book even if all you have is an idea and some notes.

By hiring a developmental editor from the get-go, you save time, money and unnecessary frustration. What I’m suggesting goes against what many recommend to save money. Most people typically consider hiring a developmental editor after they’ve poured their heart and soul into their book and it’s about finished. Don’t do that. This is like running a race without any visible finish line. You never know when you are done. You’ll want to know your destination before starting your race. Consider your book outline to be like your map.

A detailed outline of your book will save you precious time. This detailed outline serves as the blueprint of your book. Consider this to be like a sturdy foundation of a building. A good outline holds the structure of the book together. The strength of your book lies in its foundation. You don’t want a foundation with cracks or gaping holes. When you take the time to build a sturdy foundation, the entire process of writing your books becomes so much easier.

What goes into a book outline?

Know Your Audience

Who is your ideal audience or better yet, who is your avatar? A good book outline will dig deep into who your audience is including how much money they make, their career and even the vehicle they drive. Why? This way you have a visual of who you are writing to as you write. Often, authors describe their audiences as everyone. Don’t do this. By doing so, you dilute your message and by trying to please everyone, you lose the opportunity to connect to your readers.

Explore Why You Want to Write the Book

It’s time to look at your goals. What do you want to accomplish by writing the book? Is it to establish yourself as an authority in your field, get paid speaking engagements, make money or become a bestselling author? Authors have all kinds of reasons for writing a book. You need to be clear on what you want to achieve so you won’t be disappointed with the result.

Explore Why They Want to Read the Book

What do you want your reader to achieve by reading your book? Do you want them to learn something, be entertained, be inspired, take some action or a combination of all these? Spend some time determining what your vision is for your book. It will help inspire that book outline.

Create Order from Chaos

It’s time to organize all those chaotic thoughts into a clear book outline—essentially a detailed table of contents. This is where the book outline begins to take shape. Those ideas become individual chapters. Write down those chapter titles and the purpose for each chapter. By doing so, it prevents your writing from rambling on and keeps you on track.

Nobody wants an uneven foundation when building something from the ground up. Here’s the good news—when writing a book, developmental editors can provide that solid foundation. Once you create the book outline with your developmental editor, you can begin the writing process knowing you’ve got a solid foundation. By hiring a developmental editor from the start, you have someone beside you to guide you along the way and ensure you successfully reach your goals.

Do you have a great idea for a book or a manuscript in development, but you don’t know the best way to turn it into a bestseller?

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