The Fantasy Wordslinger

Developmental and line editing for fantasy fiction authors

Hello, I’m Stacey

From writers penning their first novels to seasoned novelists, every author can benefit from a fresh set of unbiased eyes.

No matter where you are in your writing journey, a professional edit will help your story be the best it can possibly be while keeping true to your vision and author voice.

As a writer myself, I know what it’s like to open your heart on paper (and screen!). It can be an intimate, scary experience. So when it comes to handing over your work to a complete stranger, you need to be confident in your expectation of the type of feedback that you’ll receive.

What level of editing do I need?

I offer fantasy and indie/self publishing authors developmental and line editing. But how do you know what level is right for you? From developmental to copy-editing to proofreading, you’ll find a quick guide below.


The first stage of the editing process, developmental editing — sometimes referred to as structural editing — covers the book on a “big picture” level. It focuses on ensuring that the book “works”, so attention is dedicated to plot (and plot holes), characters, pacing, audience and genre suitability, and theme. It is the first round of editing that a book should undergo.

Line Editing

Line-editing, often confused with copy-editing, does what it says in its name; it edits the book at sentence level to ensure flow, plus correct grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation. This is the level of editing that most authors actually need when looking for proofreading, and comes after the developmental edit. Line editing, is the second round of editing a book should undergo.


Proofreading is arguably the most common term searched for by would-be authors when really, what they need is both developmental and/or copyediting. Proofreading is the final stage before a book is published. It’s the quality-control stage to pick up any errors once everything else has been done. It’s the last step before publication and therefore the very last round of editing.

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”

Ernest Hemingway


Stacey is the face behind The Fantasy Wordslinger and offers developmental editing to fantasy fiction authors and writers, no matter where they are in their writing journey.

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