Adventures & Excursions (Classes – Books – Resources)

Classes, Books, and Resources for Editors

Free! Traditional Book Publishing Basics

Free! Character Sketch Basics (share with your clients who are struggling to create realistic characters)

Free! Planning Your Nonfiction Book(share with your clients who are writing nonfiction books and plan to self-publish)

Free! Creating Conflict (romance) (share with your clients who struggle with creating believable conflicts)

Free! Club Ed Using Query Letters (a method to help you quickly identify potential developmental problems in a ms)

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NEW! Helping Authors Choose the Right Details: World-Building, Info-Dumping, and Related Problems. This fourteen-page PDF helps developmental editors of fiction learn to edit description, including setting, backstory, and more. $1.99 (Delivered by auto-responder immediately after purchase.)

NEW! Digging Deeper into Conflict. This sixteen-page PDF helps developmental editors of fiction understand how authors go wrong in establishing conflict (the essential core of narrative!) and what a DE can do to fix it. $2.99 (Delivered by auto-responder immediately after purchase.)

New! Identifying Common Developmental Problems in Fiction. This forty-three-page PDF provides a closer look at common DE problems such as lack of genre understanding, POV problems, pacing, and more. Examples help editors learn what to look for and how to solve these problems. $7.99 (Delivered by auto-responder immediately after purchase.)

NEW! Writing Effective Queries. The editorial query is the most important tool developmental editors of fiction use. This eleven-page PDF includes a thorough description of how to write good queries. The three-part query template is covered. $2.99 (Delivered by auto-responder immediately after purchase.)

The Club Ed Guide to Starting and Running a Profitable Freelance Editing Business is available on Amazon here ($11.99 print and $5.99 ebook).

Self-Paced Classes

You can enroll in self-paced classes at any time and do the work at any time. Answer keys are designed to help you assess your progress. Log-in information is provided by auto-responder immediately after purchase.

Developmental Editing of Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Opens October 1, 2019! $79. This self-paced class gives the nitty-gritty details of developmental editing mystery/thriller/suspense novels and includes a model edit on a full suspense manuscript. Preorder and the log-in information will be delivered to you on October 1, 2019.


Evaluating Your Effectiveness as an Editor

Enroll at any time; go at your own pace. This quick, two-lesson class is for freelance editors who have at least some experience working with authors and who would like to evaluate their efforts to see if they might improve their work. Just $25! For more information, click here.

Copyediting and Line Editing for Fiction Self-Paced Class

Enroll at any time, go at your own pace. For more information about this online, six-lesson class for aspiring fiction editors, click here.

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Note that I teach a lot of developmental editing and related courses for the Editorial Freelancers Association. Details on those can be found here.

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“I had several a-ha moments while reading Jennifer’s thorough, clear-eyed editing critique. I came away with concrete, actionable advice that I have already started using with my current project. Jennifer’s critique will make me a better – and more confident – developmental editor.” 

– Kristen Tate