Both Copy Editing and Substantive Edit

An author who wishes to self-publish or who wishes to ready his work for an agent or editor search may choose a combination of substantive and copy editing. This is the type of editing a manuscript typically undergoes during the publication process, but usually in stages.

Rather than taking clients through two costly separate edits, I will combine the two edits, providing an in-depth substantive report and line-by-line corrections and suggestions.

The fee for the combined copy and substantive edit is $6 per page (using the industry standard of 250 words per page).

As with the other services, please format your manuscript in keeping with that which agents and editors require. Here are the basics:

  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • Double spaced
  • No extra line between paragraphs
  • Margins set at one inch, for both sides and top/bottom
  • The beginning of each paragraph indented (a half inch)
  • A “slug” included in the header: Author last name / Title / Page number

Writers wishing this type of edit should transmit their manuscript electronically using Microsoft Word. The substantive edit report will be sent as a separate document, but the copy edits will be made using Word’s “Track Changes” feature.

If you’re interested in discussing the combined copy and substantive edit, please contact me by leaving a comment or by emailing me at rluellam at yahoo dot com. Please include your genre and the approximate length of your manuscript.


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