Substantive Editing

Substantive Editing

If you’re not sure that what you’ve written communicates your big idea, or you’re sure it doesn’t but not sure how to make your idea clear and compelling, we can help!

Our award-winning writers, editors, and journalists will visit with you, read your book, give you the expert feedback you need, then provide you with a detailed game plan.

We provide you with detailed advice to optimize the structure and contents of the book to hit your goals—and exactly what you need to hit your desired bull’s eye with your book.

Substantive editing is idea editing—not copyediting or proofing. It looks at the book from 30,000 feet and compares it with your goals for the book.



In fact, baking in our 4 Elements of bestselling books into your content will give you a solid foundation for your ideas.

We Give You Everything You Need

After you hire us to provide substantive editing, you’ll be armed with our advice, and have everything you need to revise your manuscript yourself to hit the bull’s eye. We will:

  • Interview you by phone for one hour to understand exactly what you want to accomplish with the book.
  • Read your book carefully, and make comments.
  • Summarize and digest those comments in a detailed document to chart the way forward.
  • Advise and counsel with you about this or recommendations for up to 90 minutes.

Should you want hands-on help rewriting, the Substantive Editing fee of $4,000 will fully apply to one of our ghostwriting packages.

Relaunch an Old Book

Give Your Old Book That Should Have Been Great A Second Chance

Maybe your book didn’t get enough promotion, or needed market-testing or tweaking. Give it a second chance! We can re-work it, give you a game plan to rework it, or give it the Audience Engagement and Bestseller Campaigns it deserves.

Hire Us to Write the Book For You

If you don’t have much written, or want to start over, and you’d rather hire a writer, we can ghostwrite your book using our best-selling staff ghostwriters and a proven process for getting your book from your head to the page.

Hire Us to Substantively Edit Your Manuscript

If you’re interested in this service, we suggest you go to the Service Page for Substantive Editing and get the full details in terms of deliverables, timelines, ballpark pricing. Or contact us directly to discuss your needs.

What Clients Are Saying

"My first book I did with Michael Drew, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, went on to become one of the top five bestselling management books published in the last ten years in the United States, according to BookScan/Neilson. If you want to get your message out, you need to understand the book business. Michael can help you understand the business. Michael keeps up with it. He’s a great guy to work with. He’s done a fantastic job for me."

"You can dream all you’d like about seeing your book and your name at the top of a best-seller list. You can write a fantastic book. You can scramble, bleed and beat yourself up marketing that book. None of that guarantees you’ll make any best-seller list. Neither does hiring Michael Drew. But Secrets of the Millionaire Mind made it because of his help, as have dozens of his other authors. No amount of hard work or literary brilliance can replace Michael’s insider’s knowledge, connections and simple blood and sweat commitment. There seems to be a way to make a book successful, and evidently Michael Drew is one of the few who knows the secret. Thank you, Michael."