The Write Editor Offers Editing Services

SUBSTANTIVE EDITING Once you have completed writing and self-editing your manuscript, it’s time to have a professional editor, like The Write Editor, perform a substantive edit, which includes structure, grammar, syntax, and more. A substantive edit also addresses the big picture, such as

      • Eliminating ambiguity
      • Tightening the text
      • Recasting tables
      • Ensuring the organization and presentation of content is correct


Copyediting is the process of turning a manuscript into a fine-tuned, publishable product. All manuscripts require a thorough copyedit to ensure authors successfully communicate their ideas to readers. Copyediting applies a particular style to the manuscript and addresses these issues:

      • Spelling
      • Hyphenation
      • Abbreviations
      • Punctuation
      • Treatment of numbers

In addition, copyediting pays rigorous attention to other important factors:

      • Grammar
      • Syntax
      • Word usage

It used to be that publishers were responsible for a manuscript’s substantive edit, copyedit, and proofread. Not so anymore. Now agents and publishers expect authors to have put their manuscripts through both substantive edits and copyedits. When I edit a manuscript, I understand the burden on the author these days. So I approach editing manuscripts with my eyes on both the substantive edit and copyedit. That’s why I always go through manuscripts twice, sometimes even three times, to catch the big issues and the small details.

PROOFREADING Once your manuscript has been edited, formatted, and is ready for publication, your next step is to have it professionally proofread. It is the final step before a manuscript “goes to print.” It’s a good idea to have your typeset galley proofread, also. You need a fresh pair of eyes to find the details that you overlooked the last five (or ten or twenty) times you read your manuscript. Following is what I look for while proofreading:

      • Nonstandard grammar
      • Incorrect punctuation
      • Inconsistent editorial style
      • Incorrect math
      • Factual errors
      • Inconsistency of running heads
      • Bad breaks between lines and pages
      • Bad spacing between words and lines
      • Errors in page numbering
      • Misspells and typos
      • Misnumbering and mislabeling
      • Word usage (such as affect for effect)

To accurately determine the level of editing your manuscript requires, I offer a free, no-obligation sample edit. This allows you to evaluate my work and determine if we are a good match. When I return the sample to you, I will include a project fee and estimated turnaround.

Contact me today and let’s discuss your manuscript needs.