Services: Deep Line Editing (Substantive Editing)

Deep Line Editing

Rate begins at .025 per word

Need a more intensive line edit? My deep line editing service is popular with newer authors who require substantial guidance, revision, rewriting, and even some ghostwriting to get their manuscripts into shape. Deep line editing, also known as substantive editing, involves heavy line editing at the sentence and paragraph levels. It is also appropriate for authors who have had a developmental edit but are not prepared to make paragraph-level revisions themselves.

During this heavy-lifting edit, I’ll make substantial line-by-line changes in Microsoft Word’s Track Changes to improve the readability, flow, clarity, accuracy, and tone of your writing. My clear explanations will show you why certain changes are needed so that you know how to address these issues in the future. You’ll learn more about your writing craft from my edits and will gain insights to help you improve your writing.

In addition to the services provided with line editing and copyediting, this heavier edit can include 1 to 3 hours (depending on rate) for us to work back and forth on major issues that may arise over the course of the edit. After you’ve incorporated all changes, a round of line editing and copyediting can be added at a package rate.

Deep line editing focuses on the following:

  • Extensive point-of-view issues such as “head hopping”
  • Pronounced difficulties with showing vs. telling
  • Significant structural issues at the sentence, paragraph, and dialogue levels
  • Frequent lengthy, uninterrupted dialogue
  • Pervasive problems with flow and pacing
  • Substantial difficulties applying basic grammar rules to writing
  • Weak writing, including ineffective sentence and paragraph transitions and endings

My 5-Hour Coaching Package can be added on to this service if you’d like to run your revisions past me or bounce around additional ideas after you’ve incorporated my edits. Many newer authors find this package helpful if they’ve opted to make bigger revisions after the edit.

The per-word rate listed is a starting rate. I will individualize your quote based on a manuscript assessment and brief sample edit, so I can determine how long it will take to complete your project. All editing quotes reflect my hourly rate of $45 plus an administrative fee. There is a $47 minimum for all projects.

Please note: although no quality editor will guarantee completely error-free work, I’ll make every effort to return a manuscript that’s as clean as possible.

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Line Editing

Addresses tone, flow, pacing, dialogue and narrative structure, repetition, and more at the sentence and paragraph levels. Click here for more details and rates.

Developmental Editing

Tackles story-level issues such as plot, theme, characterization, “worldbuilding,” credibility, showing vs. telling, and point of view. Click here for more details and rates.

Copyediting

Focuses on technical flaws including grammar, style, accuracy, and consistency. Click here for more details and rates.

Deep Line Editing

Includes heavy line editing as well as rewriting and, if needed, some ghostwriting. Appropriate for manuscripts requiring significant revision. Click here for more details and rates.

Other Services

For other services, including help with your book blurb, book synopsis, or book proposal and manuscript critiquing, writing coaching, and copywriting, click here. Click here for more details and rates.
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