Editing services offered

editing book through spectacles unsplashSeveral different levels of editing services are offered by Sydney School of Arts & Humanities.  Having your work professionally edited is becoming important if you hope to publish it commercially, as we explain in this article. To give authors a clearer idea of what is involved, we’ve put together a basic table summarising the main types of edit.

There tends to be cross-over between categories, and you may find some terms are used interchangeably as different editors combine different levels when it comes to their own services.

Types of editing

Developmental editing This involves closely working with the author, helping them develop their manuscript from its initial concept. The editor may help with genre, plot, themes and character, and make suggestions based on market analysis.
Substantive editing The editor works to improve a manuscript however necessary, which may include rewriting, restructuring and research, as well as helping with character development, style and voice. Beta readers can also play a helpful role at this stage.
Copy editing Also known as line editing, the copy editor won’t generally address issues of plot or character, or change the voice and tone, but will suggest amendments for better style and clarity as well as correcting errors. Depending on the nature of the book, this may also involve fact-checking and cross-checking references.
Proofreading This is the most basic form of editing: looking for spelling errors and typos, which are now mistakes that Amazon will penalise a manuscript for.


If your work is for private use only (for example friends and family) rather than commercial distribution, we offer a publishing-only service through Family Stories.

A list of sample editing rates is available here. Please note that costs vary depending on how much work a manuscript may need. We’re very happy to discuss each author’s requirements on an individual basis.