Substantive Editing

Substantive (also known as content or developmental) editing is an in-depth analysis of your draft that will focus on the entire piece of work from plot lines to character development and organization of ideas. The content editor’s purpose is not so much to look for errors in grammar and punctuation (though they will likely point those out because we can’t help ourselves when we see it). Instead, their purpose is to bring out your style while maintaining your author’s voice and bring clarity to the piece. They will focus on your use of language, plot holes, pacing, continuity, and flow. A substantive edit can entail suggestions that range from moderate amounts of rephrasing to significant rewrites of a scene or chapter.


$0.015 per word ($15 per 1,000 words)

Turnaround Time

From the scheduled first day of service, one business day per 10,000 words 

Submission Instructions

MS Word Doc – Times New Roman, 12-pt font, double-spaced.

Email to


PayPal, Venmo, Cash App, or Apple Pay. The edited manuscript will be emailed back to you once payment has been received.


Copy Editing