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Getting the Big Picture: Demystifying Developmental Editing

Saturday, June 15, 2024

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This virtual panel will discuss important aspects of developmental editing for authors aiming to publish both independently & traditionally, as well as provide insight into key elements of this type of editing, offer suggestions for writers on a budget, and tips for identifying good developmental feedback that will help you with your novel revisions!

Getting the Big Picture: Demystifying Developmental Editing is free-first, which means you can grab a ticket without spending anything! If you want to financially support the time and energy put into creating this event, you can grab a Supporter Ticket for $10. Folks who purchase Supporter Tickets will also receive a Conference Companion PDF to help them make the most of this conference.

Live captions will be provided thanks to our partnership with Renaissance Press. The event will also be recorded for publication to YouTube; attendees and members of our Sustaining Membership Program will receive the videos 2-3 weeks after the event and the videos will become available to the public in 6-8 weeks.

This event will be part of Storycrafting Sessions: Editing, a one-day FREE conference happening on June 15th, 2024. Check out the Ko-fi event page for a full list of panels.

Meet our moderator

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Dianna Gunn is a freelance SEO writer, digital marketing consultant, indie author, podcast producer, and about 18 other things. Her first fantasy horror novel, Moonshadow's Guardian, was published in 2018 and her short stories have since appeared in the Nothing Without Us, Too and Broken Olive Branches anthologies.

Meet our panelists

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Priscilla Thomas (she/her) is a desi writer and editor. Her writing has been nominated for Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes and has appeared in The Margins @AAWW, Salty, Insider, and various anthologies. She works with writers on creative nonfiction and memoir and runs Write On, a creative community for writers and artists. Learn more at or @wordsbypriscila on Instagram.

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ARI AUGUSTINE is an author of adult science fiction and fantasy stories, an independent book editor, and the published poet of ELSEWHERE WE BECAME and HALF LIGHT. Her current projects include GHOST MOON [a VR LitRP cultivation fantasy serial], GODFLOWER [an adult contemporary fantasy steeped in Japanese lore], and THE EVERLIGHT PROTOCOL [a serialized space fantasy in the vein of intergalactic Attack On Titan with Witcher vibes].

When not writing, she enjoys video gaming, crime documentaries, traveling the world, and conspiring with the neighborhood stray cats. She lives in the wilds of Eastern Tennessee with her husband and their two mischief-making kitties, Mori-kun and Little Fury.

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Tanya Gold (they/them) is a book editor, French to English translator, educator, and literary omnivore.

They work on and devour SFF, horror, retellings, queer stories, experimental narratives, interactive fiction, and graphic novels.

They also teach online courses for editors and writers, and at Emerson College’s Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing MFA.

It has been suggested that they read too much for their own good. This might be true.

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A.P. Hawkins is a biologist turned speculative fiction author and editor based in Houston, Texas. Her short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact and several anthologies, most recently The Librarian from Air and Nothingness Press. A.P. is a co-host of Writers Lunch, a weekly online workshop covering topics ranging from worldbuilding to querying and more.

She’s also a co-founder of Tomeworks, an editing collective dedicated to helping genre authors build better books. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, A.P. enjoys gaming, crafting, and spending time outdoors. Visit to find all of A.P.'s important links in one place!


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