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Substantive Editing combines very heavy copy editing with applied developmental editing. (See my Developmental Editing service for more information.) As your substantive editor, I edit your manuscript at a deeper level than copy editing. I reorganize, change sentence structure, and add more transitional copy than would be called for in a 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 an edited 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 very heavy copy editing with applied developmental editing. (See my Developmental Editing service for more information.) As your substantive editor, I edit your manuscript at a deeper level than copy editing. I reorganize, change sentence structure, and add more transitional copy than would be called for in a 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 an edited red-lined manuscript with Word's track-changes displayed so that you can review each edit before you accept it.

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  • Brad A. says,

    I appreciated Kay's attention to detail, ownership, and domain proficiency. I would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.

    for expertise for traditional publishing on Jun 08, 2021

  • Brad A. says,

    I enjoyed working with Kay and she demonstrated strong proficiency and ownership.

    for expertise for traditional publishing on Apr 28, 2021

  • Darrell 49 says,

    As an expectant parent of a yet unborn book that had been only a twinkle in my eye for many, many years, I was understandably on high alert when sorting through the many qualified professionals offering to midwife this baby. After much belabored discernment, I decided to go with Kay for not only what seemed like a wonderful track record of previous projects but because of her specialties in the areas of spirituality, self-help and recovery. I bless the day I made that decision. I used to (egoically) entertain the idea that maybe Kay so loved my project that she went overboard and above-and-beyond her call of duty to give it the care and attention it needed. But then I realized: all of those other top-rated testimonials were there for the same reason. She just does that, goes above and beyond. I only half joke that Kay has a spiritual "trust deed" on my book because of her devoted investment into it of her heart and soul. I look forward to this book succeeding so that Kay can become my ongoing editor for the many sequels that I envision will come about given how she set this one up to win. Thank you Kay.

    for Editor for Self-Published Self-Help Book on Oct 30, 2020

  • Peter 1204 says,

    Kay is the best! Professional and a great communicator. Working with her was a pleasure and will be the same on my future projects, I'm sure. Highly recommended.

    for Application of revision plan on Jul 19, 2020

  • Peter 1204 says,

    Kay was very helpful right throughout the whole process lending me the benefit of her considerable experience in the field as well as doing an excellent job. I can't recommend her highly enough.

    for Developmental Editing on Jun 24, 2020

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