Adventures & Excursions (Classes)

Online Classes for Editors

New! Mini-Class: Breaking Into New Editing Genres

Starts July 8! $99 (two weeks online, asynchronous—you don’t have to attend at a specific time)

This class is meant for time-pressed editors. If you’re interested in changing the type of editing you do (such as moving from copyediting to developmental editing) or the genres you edit (such as moving from nonfiction to fiction, academic to trade, romance to thrillers), this class is meant for you!

In two action-oriented weeks, you’ll develop a plan for how to get from where you are to where you want to be. Instructor feedback and forum conversations with other students will help you shape your plan and encourage your next steps.

New! Mini-Class: Time/Schedule Management and Productivity for Editors

Starts July 22! $99 (two weeks online, asynchronous—you don’t have to attend at a specific time)

This class is meant for time-pressed editors. If you’ve ever worked flat-out for sixty hours one week only to spend the next week twiddling your thumbs, or if you work all the time but can’t seem to make ends meet, this class is for you! We’ll explore how to balance your schedule, manage your time, and improve your productivity. We’ll also discuss methods of client management to help keep your calendar under control. I can’t promise to cure the feast-or-famine cycle common for freelancers, but I will help you learn how to tame it!

Evolution of a Novel: A Class for Editors and Writers

Starts August 5, 2019 Six weeks, online (asynchronous—you don’t have to be at a particular place at a particular time), $225

This class is meant for anyone interested in the revision process, particularly book development editors who are or will be working with novelists. Writers will also gain insight into the editorial process as well as information on how to decide when editorial guidance is moving you in the wrong direction. Click here for more information.

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.

How to Edit Query Letters, Synopses, Elevator Pitches, and More!

This self-paced class includes four lessons with exercises that you can complete at your own pace. Included answer keys help you review your work. $79

If you’re working with novelists, the time will come when one of them says, “I’m going to try to get an agent for my ms. Can you take a look at my query?”

But editing a query isn’t like editing a manuscript. A query is a very specific sales tool that needs to communicate vital information to the agent who’ll be looking at it. Most authors get it wrong — and a lot of freelance editors do, too!

The same is true of the synopsis: it must highlight the story’s central conflict as well as communicate the narrative arc and character development (not to mention the resolution). Most of the time, authors get mired down in detailing plot events without truly understanding what they need to do instead.

In fact, all of the collateral materials authors need to sell their books (either to agents/acquisitions editors or readers) are extremely hard to get right. That’s where you come in. For more information about this class, click here.

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.

Developmental Editing for Nonfiction Self-Paced Class

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

Payment note:

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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.

Learn more about the Resort Director’s experience here.

“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