Substantive or developmental editing is a very intensive level of editing. We recommend this editing for book manuscripts and academic papers.

Our substantive editors will:

  • Work with you on plot and character development, narrative flow, setting and tone (for fiction)
  • Rearrange chapters within your manuscript for better organisation
  • Restructure sentences and order of ideas within a chapter for a more cohesive presentation
  • Give you advice on whether you need to add content or more substance  to specific parts of your manuscript or paper

Our rates:

  • Full substantive editing and critique for a completed manuscript with 100,000 words or less: £500 (For manuscripts with over 100,000 words, please add £9 per 1000 words.)
  • Critique and analysis of manuscript (outline only): £100 (This is especially useful if you’re still in the planning stage of your book or paper as we can give you advice on how to organise it.)

To discuss your substantive editing needs, please contact us here.


The Content Specialist is run by Joy Watford, a writer and editor with over a decade of publishing experience. She works with a team of professional writers and editors with a passion for top quality writing. Read More...


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