Course Syllabus for Editorial Toolkit: Book Doctoring and Ghostwriting
Name: Jennifer Lawler
This four-week class is meant for editors who would like to add book doctoring, coauthoring, and/or ghostwriting to their editorial business. We’ll discuss how developmental editing offers opportunities to pursue all of these possibilities, we’ll practice the skills you’ll need, and we’ll talk about how to find clients for these services.
No textbook is required for this class. The instructor will supply all needed materials. You will be able to find all the needed materials in the classroom site.
To get the most from the course, you’ll want to set aside time to read the lessons, do the assignments, and participate in forum discussions (a lot of the learning takes place there!) You can expect to spend about three to five hours per week on coursework.
Week 1. Distinctions among book doctoring, coauthoring, ghostwriting, and developmental editing.
Read the Week 1 lesson.
Assignment: Create a book doctor editorial plan for a book ms you’ve recently read (or the instructor can supply a ms).
Week 2. How to emulate an author’s voice in book doctoring
Read the Week 2 lesson.
Assignment: Revise a few pages of a ms the way a book doctor might.
Week 3. Pitching book projects
Read the Week 3 lesson.
Assignment: Try your hand at writing a query letter for a coauthor/ghostwriting project you’re interested in creating.
Week 4. Getting started in book doctoring and ghosting
Read the Week 4 lesson.
Assignment: Create a plan for getting your first book doctoring/ghostwriting project.