Did you know that there are different kinds of book editors? And that depending on the stage of your work, there are different editors who are skilled to help you at each stage? Copy editors are your grammar police. They check for spelling and grammar, punctuation and style. Line editors are your most-hated, red-pen wielding teachers. They go through your manuscript line by line, marking off your page and hurting your feelings. They are also the ones who tell you if certain sentences and paragraphs don't make sense, or if you are overusing a particular word or phrase. In most cases, a line editor doubles as a copy editor. Developmental editors, on the other hand, are entirely different types of editors. Developmental editors help writers who are struggling to gather their thoughts before and during the writing process. They are very useful in cases where a writer has a story in theory but is struggling to put the pieces together on paper, and can't seem to find a starting point. If this is you, here are 5 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a developmental editor:

 
 
Before I decide to take on a new manuscript, I first ask to review the first few pages. This is typically either the first chapter or the prologue (if there’s one). I do this because these first few pages are the most important parts of any manuscript that comes across my desk. It lets me know whether the writer has 1) self-edited, 2) paid close attention to hooking their readers, and 3) understands the essence of the story they wish to tell.  The beginning is always the most important part of any storytelling process, whether it is a work of nonfiction, fiction, self-help, a movie script, or a play script. Here are a few reasons why you should pay close attention to the opening lines of your manuscript:

 
 
My goal was never to become a business owner, I like to say that it happened by accident. 

In 2013, I took the biggest chance of my life by quitting my corporate job and moving out of state without having another job lined up. Now, some people call that stupidity, and at the time I thought so too, but I was too determined to care. Naturally, I had a backup plan in terms of finances although I assumed that things would work out because I had never had trouble finding a job.