David Schlosser is a writer, editor, book producer and publisher, and strategic communications advisor who emphasizes the power of story to increase the impact of all forms of communication. After completing his first novel manuscript (the one he left in the drawer) as a sophomore in high school, his words and advice have earned awards for fiction writing, non-fiction writing, and editing. Contact him through his web site, http://www.analects-ink.com.
Written from the perspective of a developmental editor advising an author with a newly completed book draft, this article details a step-by-step method for revising and editing novel-length fiction or creative/narrative nonfiction manuscripts. It is a holistic, integrated process that applies to writers at every skill level and at any stage of their project.