Certificate program classes (fiction)

how to become a developmental editor

Class Package: DE 1 through 6

$350 (Members: $315) | How to become a developmental editor | 15 lessons | Self-paced | Beginner This class package bundles together all six self-paced Essentials of Developmental Editing classes for a lower price than purchasing each class individually: DE 1: Foundations of Storytelling DE 2: Principles of Developmental Editing DE 3: Writing Effective Editorial…
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how to write a revision letter

DE 4: Writing the Revision Letter

$60 (Members: $54) | How to write a revision letter | 3 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate The revision letter, which provides the overview of your main editorial findings and suggestions, is a crucial component of the developmental edit, but they are easy to get wrong – including the wrong information, prioritizing the wrong revisions,…
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how to do a manuscript assessment, evaluation, or critique

DE 5: Manuscript Evaluation

$60 (Members: $54) | How to do a manuscript assessment, evaluation, or critique | 3 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate This class teaches you how to add the additional service of manuscript evaluation to your menu of offerings. This is a great option for authors not ready for a full developmental edit who just need…
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how to edit science fiction and fantasy

Editing Science Fiction and Fantasy

$90 (Members: $81) | How to edit science fiction and fantasy | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate This class discusses the basics of the developmental editing of science fiction and fantasy novels. The class covers: basic conventions of the genre (reader expectations)—what to do when authors violate these and how to tell when they…
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how to become a developmental editor

DE Detective

$90 (Members: $81) | How to use sentence-level clues to track down developmental problems | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate This class is meant for working with fiction authors. When a manuscript has obvious problems, they’re, well, obvious. The overemphasis on backstory has slowed the pacing to a crawl, the POV hops from head…
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How to edit mystery, thriller, and suspense novels

Editing Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

$90 (Members: $81) | How to edit mystery, thriller, and suspense novels | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate This class walks you through the principles of developmentally editing the related genres of mystery, suspense, and thriller. It covers: Understanding genre conventions Helping authors create a strong central conflict Keys to building tension and suspense…
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How to edit novels in a series

Editing Novels in a Series

$90 (Members: $81) | How to edit novels written as part of a series | 3 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate Editing series work is complex. You need to edit for all of the usual issues as well as series-related issues, such as the protagonist being an only child in Book 1 and having four…
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how to edit romance novels

Editing the Romance

$90 (Members: $81) | How to edit romance novels | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate In this class, you’ll learn the basics of the developmental editing of romance. The class covers: basic conventions of the genre (reader expectations)—what to do when authors violate these and how to tell when they have differences among various…
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How the revision process works

Evolution of a Novel

$90 (Members: $81) | How the novel revision process works | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate For writers, editors, book coaches, and critique partners interested in learning about the revision process. Follow along as an author shows how her vision for a novel changes from the original draft to the final published version. Identify…
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how to become a developmental editor

Naked Editing: Self-Paced Version

$60 (Members: $54) | Learn what a developmental edit looks like | 3 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate This class is meant for writers and editors, new and experienced, who are interested in following along as a developmental edit unfolds on a complete fiction manuscript. It is a reading-intensive class. Note: Recent current events force…
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advanced copyediting

Advanced Copyediting

$500 (Members: $450) | How to copyedit a novel | Self-paced | Advanced In this class, you’ll copyedit a complete fiction manuscript (up to 100,000 words) and submit it for the instructor’s feedback on your edits. You may want to enroll in this class if you are: launching a copyediting business and want an experienced…
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advanced line editing

Advanced Line Editing

$500 (Members: $450) | How to line edit a novel | Self-paced | Advanced In this class, you’ll line edit a complete fiction manuscript (up to 100,000 words) and submit it for the instructor’s feedback on your edits. You may want to enroll in this class if you are: launching a line editing business and…
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how to edit a novel

Developmental Editing Practicum

$500 (Members: $450) | How to edit a novel or nonfiction book | Self-paced | Advanced You may want to take this class if you’re: launching a developmental editing business and want an experienced developmental editor to review your edits on a manuscript to make sure you’re following best practices before you hang out your…
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how to start your editing business.

Starting Your Editing Business

$90 (Members: $81) | How to start your editing business | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Intermediate This class helps new editors start and grow their editing business, whether copyediting, developmental editing, coaching, or some combination. Each lesson includes information on topics such as: finding your purpose identifying your potential clients conducting a personal skills…
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how to edit for book publishers.

Getting Editorial Work from Book Publishers/Packagers (Jun 3 – Jun 30, 2024)

$300 (Members: $270) | How to get work from publisher clients | 4 weeks | Instructor-led | Intermediate This popular class is meant for editors with some experience who would like to branch out from working primarily with indie authors. The information and assignments are meant for both copy editors and developmental editors. Face it,…
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Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting (Oct 7 – Nov 3, 2024)

$300 (Members: $270) | How to perform book doctoring and ghostwriting | 4 weeks | Instructor-led | Intermediate This class shows you the basics of book doctoring, coauthoring, and ghostwriting, which go beyond editing to actually writing and/or rewriting an author’s work. Though much of the available work is in nonfiction, there are opportunities for…
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how to become a developmental editor

Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 2 – Oct 29, 2024)

$300 (Members: $270) | How to become a developmental editor | 4 weeks | Instructor-led | Intermediate In this class, we’ll cover the more in-depth concerns of developmental editing, diving deeper into issues like perspective and subtext. We’ll cover issues that crop up often: intensive developmental editing, editing more experienced authors who need guidance to…
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Editorial Toolkit: Creating Classes & Info Products (Nov 4 – Dec 8, 2024)

$300 (Members: $270) | How to create and sell classes and information products | 4 weeks | Instructor-led | Intermediate This class will introduce you to a whole new set of money-making opportunities! I’m not going to pretend that there’s any such thing as “passive income” unless you’re super-rich and can live off the interest…
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