Labelle - Substantive Editing - Fargo, ND, USA

Lynnette Labelle

Fargo, ND, USA


Substantive Editing


Substantive or Big Picture Editing

This service focuses on the big picture issues in a manuscript, which include story and craft but not line editing. Are your characters three dimensional? Are there plot holes or loose ends in your story? Is your novel working as a whole?

I’ll also look at issues like: telling instead of showing, inconsistencies in the story, flat dialogue, unrealistic reactions or actions, underdeveloped main characters, overdeveloped minor characters, backstory dumps, author intrusion, POV slips, bad choreography, deep POV implementation, poor execution of GMCs (goals, motivation, conflicts), and lack of emotions. I’ll point out these weaknesses and offer suggestions on how you can rework the problem area.

This is a great service for writers who want to ensure their story is well-written before they focus on the mechanics.

I specialize in substantive or big picture editing for romance (romantic suspense, paranormal romance, romantic thriller, contemporary romance, and romantic comedy), mystery, thriller, suspense, horror, crime, paranormal/supernatural, urban fantasy, and YA.

Work History


Labelle's Writing on the Wall - Editorial Services

From February 2001

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