Substantive editing

Is this service right for me?

Substantive editing (or ‘structural editing’) is suitable if you are developing a new work or adapting an existing work. It involves assessing and shaping material at a draft stage to improve its organisation and content. (If these aspects are complete, see Copyediting instead.)

What is included?

Structural review

  • Is information complete and appropriate? Is additional material required?
  • Is any major rewriting required?
  • Is any rearrangement, expansion or summarising required to achieve the most logical structure?
  • Does the document contain appropriate navigation aids?

Language and style editing

  • Ensure language and form are appropriate to the readership
  • Ensure there is a logical flow and appropriate weighting of discussion
  • Ensure information and arguments are clear and unambiguous
  • Eliminate wordiness, triteness, repetition and inappropriate jargon
  • Improve awkward phrasing
  • Ensure consistency in tone and writing style

Clarity of presentation

  • Check that the presentation is simple and effective
  • Ensure the document title and all headings accurately reflect contents
  • Check appropriateness, placement and clarity of tables and figures
  • Check material in tables and figures against textual references
  • Ensure appropriate referencing is provided
  • Ensure that explanations of symbols, abbreviations and terms are provided.

Pricing

Pricing is based on the nature of the project. Please call or email Lilla to discuss your requirements and request a quote.