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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.

"Juliette has demonstrated an excellent familiarity and understanding of genres in text. She is skilled at identifying the tone and voice of fictional extracts in great detail. Her suggestions when reviewing content to to suit intended readerships are always spot on, and she displays great confidence and ability in structural editing."     S Hidoo, National Editor Trainer, AC

"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