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Breaking Into Developmental Editing

As professional editors, we all may have our own definitions of developmental editing. This virtual panel will discuss those definitions, including our experiences and expectations, and how they differ. What paths did we take into developmental editing? What special skills does one need to become a developmental editor? And when does developmental editing start to feel too much like doing our client’s work for them?

See the profiles listed under Speakers to learn about panelists Sea Chapman, Genevieve Clovis, Tanya Gold, Jeanette Fast Redmond, and Beth Wright.

Registration closes two hours before the start of this meeting. Nonmembers may attend up to two free Professional Editors Network meetings before becoming a member.

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January 12, 2021


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Online Event


  • Beth Wright
    Beth Wright

    Beth Wright is a writing coach, editor, and publishing consultant with twenty-five years of experience in book publishing. She started her career as a production editor at a small academic press, moved on to cofound a book production business that lasted twelve years, and in 2017 launched Wright for Writers LLC. A member of PEN and the LGBTQ+ Editors Association, she lives in Minneapolis.

  • Genevieve Clovis
    Genevieve Clovis

    Genevieve Clovis (she/her) is a speculative fiction editor, author, and writing coach who works with emerging authors to ensure their novels are as monstrous and diabolical as intended. True to her story-gremlin nature, Genevieve can be found lurking in her secondhand bookstore doling out books that are definitely not cursed.

  • Jeanette Fast Redmond
    Jeanette Fast Redmond

    Jeanette Fast Redmond, MA, has been a developmental editor, copyeditor, proofreader, and writer for more than two decades, specializing in Catholic and academic nonfiction. She launched FastEditing in 2001 and has experience as a freelancer editor, in-house editor, and managing editor hiring freelancers, as well as a writing tutor and teacher. She lives outside Philadelphia with her daughter and two cats.

  • Sea Chapman
    Sea Chapman

    Sea Chapman has over fifteen years of experience working as an editor. From book manuscripts and audio transcripts to press releases and ELL programs, she has worked on a little bit of everything. Sea has specialized in editing creative writing for over seven years, though lately she does technical editing by day and games, comics, and book editing by night. Sea is known for her expertise on conlangs in fiction and confronting death in the written word.

  • Tanya Gold
    Tanya Gold

    Tanya Gold (they/them) is a book editor, translator, and literary omnivore. They work on and devour SFF, horror, retellings, queer stories, experimental narratives, interactive fiction, and graphic novels. They also teach courses for editors and writers. It’s been suggested that they read too much for their own good. This might be true.