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Types of Cookbook Editing

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There are three main types of editing that you should be concerned with once your cookbook is written: substantive editing, copy editing, and proofreading.

Substantive Editing

Substantive editing, or line editing, is a rigorous process where the editor rewrites sentences, moves information around, and generally makes your book easier to read. They also view the book as a whole to ensure it conforms to any standards or general formatting you have set and keeps a consistent voice throughout.

Copy Editing

Copy editing is the next step in the editing process. A copy editor looks for errors of spelling, grammar, capitalization, punctuation and other writing mistakes. Occasionally they may correct awkwardly written sentences but most of the editing is for grammatical issues.


Proofreading is the final editing phase and is normally undertaken once the pages are fully laid out. It looks for major mistakes, bad formatting, and overt grammatical errors such as spelling and bad tense.

You can go through these editing processes yourself, use friends or your blog network, or turn to outside parties. We highly recommend you have at least one outside person, and preferably 2 to 3, look at your book before publishing it. Things that seem clear to you may not be clear to other readers and the more pairs of eyes you have on the book the less mistakes will get through.

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