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Structural editing for the author

Structural editing (also known as substantive editing) is utilised when a document requires more than a copy edit. It involves making substantive or structural changes to a document, whether a book manuscript, educational text, academic paper or business report/promotional material. The terms structural and substantive editing are often used interchangeably.

This level of editing can involve a structural review of:

  • content
  • language and style
  • presentation clarity and document flow cohesion
  • consistent use of voice and tone throughout a document

Structural editing evaluates whether the content of your document or manuscript will be comprehensible to the reader and uses the appropriate:

  • tone
  • style
  • language
  • terminology

for its intended readership. This level of editing also evaluates whether the:

  • chapter arrangement is logical
  • length of the document is appropriate
  • text has a cohesive flow.

Substantive or structural editing is not about rewriting a manuscript or document in an editor’s words but involves working closely with the author to clarify their intention. It assists with correcting and improving the work to meet the both the target readership needs and the publisher's or company’s editorial style.

"As a first time author, Juliette was an invaluable asset to crafting the final version of my novel. Many aspects of the editing process that typically would have overwhelmed me were detailed clearly and compassionately. Sensitive material that required a deft touch were handled professionally and with an uncanny insight into the intended direction. An absolute pleasure to work with." David Hull, Published fiction author

"Juliette had such amazing insight when reading my manuscript. She was able to guide me through this very monumentous task gently and effectively. I am so thrilled that she was able to help me." Dr Katie Richard, Clinical Psychologist and non-fiction author of  Weight off your mind