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

New! Kick Start Your Editing Business, Edition 2021 (starts January 11, 2021)

$249, 4 weeks (through February 7), instructor-led. This new class is for freelance editors who have hit a slump or who have been away from the field for a while but want to get back in the game. Maybe the pandemic has impacted your clientele and you’ve lost the indie clients you’ve relied on, or… Read more New! Kick Start Your Editing Business, Edition 2021 (starts January 11, 2021)

How and what to fact check in developmental editing

Fact-Checking in the Editorial Process Fact-checking is verifying that the information included in a ms is accurate: World War I took place in the early twentieth century, production of Hummers stopped in 2010. An author (even a novelist) who gets facts wrong irritates and alienates readers, so one of our roles as dev editor is… Read more How and what to fact check in developmental editing