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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, owner of Wright for Writers LLC, has been working in book publishing since 1998. Her early career was in book production, including copyediting and book design. In more recent years she has developmentally edited a range of titles, from memoir to self-help to speculative fiction. She was thrilled when a book she edited ended up on the New York Times bestseller list in June 2020: Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.

  • Genevieve Clovis
    Genevieve Clovis

    Genevieve Clovis is an editor, writing coach, and secondhand bookstore owner based in Toronto, Ontario. She specializes in editing speculative fiction novels and short stories.

  • 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 is a book editor, writing coach, translator, editing instructor, and literary omnivore. She has been in publishing for about twenty years and has worked on all kinds of cool books. These days, she works on fiction, memoir, graphic novels, interactive stories, and poetry. She also offers coaching and courses for editors.