Basics of Developmental Editing for Nonfiction



$90 (Members: $81) | How to developmentally edit nonfiction | 4 lessons | Self-paced | Beginner

This class is intended to describe and discuss the basics of developmental editing for nonfiction with the ultimate goal of helping you establish a freelance career as a developmental editor.

It is aimed at beginners, so I include fundamental concepts for students who are not at all familiar with editorial methodology. If you have any experience with editing, you may already know some of the concepts discussed.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Assess manuscripts like a developmental editor
  • Perform manuscript edits
  • Write editorial queries
  • Craft the revision letter

The class also covers:

  • What development is and how it is different from other kinds of editing
  • editorial roles, editorial terms, and editorial resources
  • types of editorial queries, query types not to use
  • crafting the revision letter
  • using chapter summaries to help you edit
  • understanding the audience and avoiding stereotypes
  • editing for conscious language
  • different types of nonfiction and their quirks

At the end of this class, you’ll have a clear idea of what developmental editing for nonfiction looks like and whether it is something you’re interested in pursuing.

Each lesson includes an assignment and an answer key you can use to assess your work.

The class is entirely online and asynchronous (you don’t have to be in any particular place at any particular time to participate).