Substantive Services

Need an in-depth edit that covers more than just grammar and spelling? You've come to the right place!

Substantive Editing

Sometimes a manuscript needs in-depth structural analysis and modifications to make sure it works the way it should. When you need more than a polish, this is where you’ll find the services to help you tune the engine of your masterpiece.

FAQ

Have any questions? This section has the answers. If not, feel free to contact us.

Do any of these service packages include the others?

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!

Do I need to do the substantive edits first, and the copyedits later in a separate edit?

Not necessarily.

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.

Are any of these services required for any others?

No, there is absolutely no dependencies between these service packages. You can select any combination you feel your manuscript needs.

Do I need to do the substantive edits first, and the copyedits later in a separate edit?

Not necessarily.

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.

Wait... If I get both substantive edits and copyedits done in the same project, won't I risk introducing new grammar errors as I update my manuscript?

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.