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Substantive Editing

Overview

Substantive editing is a detailed, heavy editing process where the editor looks at both overall organization, clarity, and unity, but also digs deep into sentence and paragraph structure. The substantive editor may move, delete, or rewrite passages to improve flow and clarity. Substantive editors look for gaps, repetitions, clumsy wording, style, and voice.


Job Snapshot
  • Substantive editing is the second stage in the editing process
  • Substantive editing is the stage most people seek an editor
  • Substantive editing is heavy line-by-line editing including rewriting and restructuring passages
  • Substantive editing is $35 an hour
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