Manuscript Consults with Chelene Knight
When I think about my process for working with authors, the first thing I do is consider my own assumptions and first begin breaking those down by asking you, the author, seemingly obvious questions about your work. Once I’ve done that, I get you to speak about your book as if it already exists. Once I know your non-negotiables and what the book is supposed to do (its purpose), I can then begin to make multiple passes through your manuscript with those key points in mind. With each pass, I note big picture challenges and highlights. I note what moves me as a reader and I note what stops me. These stoppages need to be addressed before any micro edits are suggested. My goal as editor is to help you see the core, to hold it, to feel it, to absorb it, and to make sure your book—in its entirety—is serving the purpose you want it to be serving.
my overall philosophy for developmental editing
It is my goal to guide you, the author. The questions I ask will get you thinking about your book, its purpose, and your hopes for reader engagement. Often times, authors want their editors to “fix” the problem. This is not the work of the editor. It is my mission to make sure the questions I ask guide the author with care and respect, and that there is a final destination in mind. Picture the author setting off on a journey. I didn’t offer you directions, but instead share the benefits of taking certain routes, my experience with the transportation and even what you might see along the way. With this, you often find things you weren’t expecting and things you didn’t realize you needed until you found them.
Simple manuscript consult (poetry only)
line edit suggestions
general publishing advice
Comprehensive/substantive consult (all genres)
substantive feedback on individual poems, structure, overall cohesiveness, and a break down of what doesn't work/what does work
steps/options for revision (concrete steps to help you revise and hold you accountable for doing the work)
catered publishing advice
a one-on-one consult (telephone, Zoom, or in-person) to go over any questions you may have about the feedback
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