Substantive Editing

What It Is:

Extensive edits and constructive feedback designed to polish your writing while strengthening your manuscript.

What You Get:

Considerations for your manuscript’s concept and intended use, content, organization, design, and style. Substantive editing ensures what appears in writing is accurate, easy to follow, fit for purpose, and free of error, omission, inconsistency, and repetition. The goal is to make your manuscript functional for its readers, not just to make it correct and consistent. Substantive editing is almost entirely analysis-based, whether at the document level or the paragraph, sentence, or word level.

Who It’s For:

Seasoned authors who want a comprehensive edit; new authors who aren’t yet experienced at assessing the narrative aspect and storytelling techniques of their books; any author who wants to learn more about the craft of storytelling. Authors seeking to produce a professional-quality manuscript.

Because polishing a manuscript before ensuring its story foundations are solid is rarely a fair use of your publishing budget, I strongly recommend that unpublished authors and new clients begin with a manuscript critique.

How Much It Costs:

$35 per hour.

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Please note: These prices do not include housekeeping fees of $25 per hour, prorated.

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