No, there is absolutely no overlap between these service packages.
We have carefully devised these service categories and the services within to serve entirely different aspects of your manuscript’s needs. Clients routinely take all the services at once, to give their manuscript the most thorough edit possible!
Not at all!
The order shown on this page (mentoring services, substantive services, copyediting services, extras) is merely used to illustrate the full lifecycle of a typical novel’s editing. It’s a convenient framework within which to show off all the services we offer, but by no means will all of it be necessary for every single project.
Your story might be fine structurally, but need some tweaking of your spelling and grammar to really shine. Or your structure and grammar might be perfect, but you need a cover or interior formatting. Choose just what you need, and nothing more!
If you need both substantive (content) edits as well as copyedits, you are welcome to request both at the same time. On our one-pass readthrough, we will perform both kinds of edit for you at once.
Some clients do prefer to do the substantive editing first by itself, so they can focus on the structural changes we might suggest, without the grammar corrections being a distraction, and then later submit their manuscript again for the final copyedit. This is also a completely valid option.
That’s true, but not to worry; we’ve already thought of this, and we offer a free touch-up service to help you!
If you’re getting both substantive edits and copyedits done at the same time, take care to mark any big changes you make to the text in yellow highlighter. When you’re done, these marks will help us zoom through your manuscript super-quickly to check that your changed text conforms to the copyedit services you selected.