This is the edit for people looking to publish only the best – substantive editing is the equivalent of the supreme pizza.
The works edit looks at the purpose of the document, the target audience and its format to check that it will communicate what it’s supposed to in a way that engages the reader.
It includes assessment of the document’s structure, layout, conceptual integrity, style, tone, and content that might create legal problems for the author or publisher. It might recommend additional content or a major rewrite.
This edit will shift your work up to a higher standard of readability and professionalism.
Anything that undergoes substantive editing will need proofreading at a later stage to check for typos and other little mistakes.