Substantive editing is the combination of a line edit and a copyedit, taking an in-depth look at both the content and the mechanics of your document. A line edit is performed first to examine the content for point of view inconsistencies, issues with showing vs. telling, plot holes, slow or fast pacing, dialogue, logic, and characterization. Once these issues are addressed, the copyedit will take place. The copyedit examines the document and searches for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax, hyphenation, numerals, fonts, and capitalization. The only thing that the substantive edit does not do is proofread. A proofread is meant to be the last step done prior to publication. It ensures that all noticeable grammatical and spelling errors are caught and fixed and typically takes place after a copyedit. For more information on each service, please visit the line edit and copyedit service pages.
Due to the in-depth nature of the level of this edit, this service is not a quick process. A timeline will be established based upon the overall word count as well as a quick analysis of the first chapter of the document.
Cost & Payment
A substantive edit is .015 (one and a half) cents per word. For example, a 70,000 word manuscript would come to $1050 in total to have a substantive edit done to your project.
If you would like this service, you will first need to email me a few pages/a chapter of your document so that I can verify that this is the service that would be best suited for you. Include any specifications and/or questions you may have. If you have a specific deadline in mind, include it in the email and I will see if it can be accommodated.
Provided that a copyedit is the right service for your document and I agree with your specifications, I will accept the job and send you a Client Agreement form. To begin working, I require a 50% deposit of the overall agreed upon price for the service and will send you an invoice for the amount.