A structural edit looks at the big picture of a manuscript, helping to shape the work to improve its organization and content. In fiction, this includes watching for continuity errors in plot, story and characterization. In non-fiction, this includes organizing the flow of ideas and identifying what can be fleshed out and what may be missing.

In general, a structural edit includes, but is not limited to:

  • Reorganizing the material to create coherent structure and flow

  • Expanding or reducing the material

  • Identifying missing or repetitive information

  • Managing headings and sections

  • Reorganizing information into different formats such as tables, charts or lists

  • Arranging placement of visual elements

A structural edit will not address specific issues with grammar and spelling, but will look at the manuscript's overall language, tone and word usage.

The foundation for a structural edit

Recommending Amanda as an Editor is easy. Her thoughtful structural and story development edits, along with nuanced character suggestions, were not only incredibly helpful but in hindsight, critical to improving the work. Additionally, she was approachable and encouraged my many questions. The whole process has been amazing and straight-up the best decision I've made as an author.

Gerry Higgins, Lapis Concordia