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$35/hr Starting at $35

Substantive Editing combines copy editing with applied developmental editing. (See my Developmental Editing service for more information.) As your substantive editor, I work with you collaboratively to edit your manuscript at a deeper level than copy editing. I reorganize and critique content more than would be called for in a standard copy edit. I consult with you about the largest changes to be sure that you are in agreement before they are applied. According to your preference, I will submit a clean, ready-to-use, edited manuscript or a red-lined manuscript with Word's track-changes displayed so that you can review each edit before you accept it.

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Substantive Editing combines copy editing with applied developmental editing. (See my Developmental Editing service for more information.) As your substantive editor, I work with you collaboratively to edit your manuscript at a deeper level than copy editing. I reorganize and critique content more than would be called for in a standard copy edit. I consult with you about the largest changes to be sure that you are in agreement before they are applied. According to your preference, I will submit a clean, ready-to-use, edited manuscript or a red-lined manuscript with Word's track-changes displayed so that you can review each edit before you accept it.

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90 Reviews

  • Paul 1663 says,

    Kay took the time to understand what I saw as important and helping me to realize what needed to be added to round out the Query Letter. Her edits were well documented and fully explained. I will not hesitate to seek her out for my next editorial need.

    for Query Letter Review for Epic Fantasy on Apr 05, 2022

  • nmgold says,

    Simpliy the best!

    for Copy edit magazine on Mar 18, 2022

  • Christopher 673 says,

    I am extremely satisfied with the work Kay did with me. She is knowledgable, extraordinarily detailed, and experienced at working cooperatively with writers. She helped to make me and my debut novel better, and I am entirely grateful to her. I look forward to working with her again in the future and recommend her highly.

    for Querying support on Jan 16, 2022

  • Sylvia 14 says,

    I'm truly thankful to have found Kay several years ago. Her professionalism and ability to handle the task at hand without me having to micro manage her, allows me the ability to focus on the creative process within each project that Kay and I have worked on together over the years. I highly recommend Kay. Sincerely, Sylvia

    for Query submissions on Oct 26, 2021

  • J 193 says,

    Prompt, professional, knowledgeable, patient. Highly recommend.

    for Kay-Jody on Sep 24, 2021

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