2021 Course Catalog Has Arrived!

Club Ed readers have overwhelmingly asked for more instructor-led classes, so 2021 will include a whole bunch of offerings. The catalog through May 2021 has been added here and you can also see it below. Instructor-led classes for new and aspiring developmental editors Instructor-led classes are held within a specified time period. They feature weekly… Read more 2021 Course Catalog Has Arrived!

New! Naked Editing class starts January 4, 2021

NEW! Starts January 4, 2021 $50  4 weeks (through January 31), instructor-led This class is intended for editors, new and experienced, who are interested in following along as an experienced editor performs a developmental edit on a complete fiction manuscript. It is a reading-intensive class and the more you participate in the online discussions, the… Read more New! Naked Editing class starts January 4, 2021

Using global queries for recurring developmental problems

For problems that recur throughout a series of paragraphs, a scene, a chapter, or an entire ms, developmental editors will sometimes use a shortcut: “You do a lot of info-dumping throughout; I recommend cutting it back.” The problem with this approach is that if the author could identify where the info-dumping is occurring, they wouldn’t… Read more Using global queries for recurring developmental problems

Adding Coaching to Your Menu of Services

Coaching writers is distinct from developmental editing, but because of the nature of DE work, it’s common for it to shade into coaching (and, indeed, into mentoring). Many DEs fall into coaching because their clients ask for it while others want to move into the field more intentionally. Here are my thoughts about offering coaching… Read more Adding Coaching to Your Menu of Services