When you are writing a book, there is a multitude of things that you will have to consider. Not counting the writing process there is also the production process, which has an equally huge number of things to consider. Foremost among these things is the book editing process. The book editing process is extremely important for a writer because if the editing is shabby on his or her book, readers would most likely lose interest in reading it and the writer would ultimately lose the fan base. This is why it is extremely important to choose the best type of editing for you. One such type of editing is Substantive Editing.
What is Substantive Editing?
Substantive editing is a type of editing wherein the editor is more in tune with the author. Unlike traditional forms of editing wherein the editor gets started on the manuscript once the author is done writing it. The substantive editor deals with the overall structure of the publication. A substantive editor considers the overall concept of the book and its intended content, style, organization and design. This form of editing is predominantly analysis based and unlike other forms of editing does not follow rules blindly. The main goal of this form of editing is that the manuscript is functional for the reader, whether it is at the paragraph or word level.
How does it differ from other forms of editing?
The main difference of substantive editing to other forms of editing is the fact that it is analysis based. It is not a rule-based type of editing. Thus a substantive editor would most likely work closely with the author. This way they would be able to coordinate and establish their main goals with one another. They can also discuss the minutest aspects of the book from the topic to its target audience. To be a substantive editor means to be very meticulous about every aspect of the book, not only on the grammar and spelling aspect but also the overall story. Compare substantive editing with copyediting. With substantive editing the author and the editor are in complete sync with one another during the whole process. With copyediting, on the other hand, the editor is more rule based and the main concern is the proper use of grammar, vocabulary, spelling, etc. And their main thought would most likely be on the proper implementation of these rules rather than on how the story of the book turns out.
What are the advantages of substantive editing?
The main advantage of substantive editing is that the editor will have a hand in almost every aspect of the writing process. Not only will the editor be in charge of the basic editing such as the grammar and spelling check, the editor will also have a hand in improving the readability of the book, identifying clarity, organizational issues and the overall feel of the book. The substantive editor would also not hesitate to add, delete or recommend changes on your work. Substantive editing is technically an overall editing of your book.
How effective is substantive editing?
Substantive editing is a thorough and fluid style of editing. It is not as rigid as other forms of editing and is more analysis based. All in all substantive editing is a highly effective form of editing that covers almost all the bases.