Today I signed someone up for a developmental edit, which is my favorite work to do. This author has a 110,000 word literary fiction manuscript, with good characters and decent writing. The problem? There are too many main characters, and their wants and needs are not well defined. The character who SEEMS meant to be the main character is weak, and in the last quarter of the book another character takes over completely.
I’m really looking forward to helping to shape this book into something with more emotional arc, more conflict, and a stronger theme. Can’t wait!