Fantasy fiction editing

The Fantasy Wordslinger

Developmental and line editing for fantasy fiction authors

Developmental and line editing for fantasy 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 fiction editing do I need?

Depending on where you’re at in your writing journey and your experience as a writer, will depend on the level of editing you require.

Developmental editing focuses on the development of your manuscript, once beta readers have finished their assessment. Line editing comes next and still focuses on the content side of things.

Copy-editing is the next stage which starts the shift from content and develop to revision, followed by proofreading which is the final check before publishing.

What level and how many levels of editing you need will be individual to each and every writer.


The first stage of the editing process, developmental editing — sometimes referred to as structural editing — covers your manuscript on a “big picture” level. It focuses on ensuring that the story “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 line/copy-editing. 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.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

― Michael Scott, The Warlock


The Fantasy Wordslinger offers developmental and line editing services to fantasy fiction self-publishing authors.

I am a member of the CIEP and have completed training with the CIEP, Club Ed, and hold a level 4 Diploma (distinction) in both Copywriting and Creative Writing,

Stacey Bowditch - CIEP Member

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