As a developmental editor, I assist the author in conceptualizing the manuscript (either before it is written or after an initial draft). We discuss goals and target audience, and I create conceptual continuity and a logical flow by developing or refining the table of contents. We discuss the contents of each chapter or section. I may work directly with the draft text to develop the form of the manuscript, eliminate redundancies, and identify substantive gaps and potential places for graphics and sidebars. I may create draft front and back matter from draft copy and assist in developing graphics and sidebars. Once the manuscript is developed, it is ready for copyediting.