“Working With a Development Editor.”

“Working With a Development Editor.”

Many picture book illustrators decide to try their hand at writing the manuscript as well as illustrating a picture book.  I took that plunge this Fall and created a manuscript for a picture book with a working title of “Hector-Armando’s Big Rain Forest Party”. 

sneak-preview sketch… 

Since this was my first attempt at writing one, I hired a development editor to help me in making sure the plot, characters, and narrative, all flowed properly.  I contacted Simone Kaplan who was very easy to work with.  For me, the use of an editor was crucial and in working with Simone, I gained a great deal of insight into the writing process and learned so much from her.  Thank you Simone!

NOTE: I have submitted the manuscript to the publisher and will let you know as soon as I hear any news, (good or bad).  Wish me luck!

There are several different types of editors you can hire to help finalize and polish your story.  Since I had a particular publisher in mind when creating this manuscript, I felt that I needed to concentrate more on the actual structure of the book.  A copy editor will correct things like punctuation, spelling, etc. but the publisher I am focused on already has a copy editor and so I needed to use more of a development editor for help with the foundation of the story and characters.

I came across this old SCBWI France Interview with Simone when she was still working as an editor at Harper Collins in 2001. (though I’m not sure she’ll appreciate me pulling this from the dust pile).

Here is some valuable information on getting your manuscript read and out of the publisher’s slush pile.  This is a helpful article by another editor, Harold Underdown.

And here is a great article on what editor Cheryl Klein  likes to see in an artist’s portfolio. Also, Cheryl has a great post on “How to write a query letter”.

Don’t be afraid to use an editor for your first manuscript.  It is well worth the effort. 

Lorraine Dey
illustrator – Deystudio, LLC (www.deystudio.com)
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2 thoughts on ““Working With a Development Editor.”

  1. This is so interesting! For me, you’ve opened up another world , I used to think that children’s books just miraculously got created and had never even considered the process behind illustrating and writing the manuscript.
    Really want a change of career now…Hehe! What a fantastic job. Your illustrations are lovely – you’re clearly a very talented person.

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