Developmental Editing Practicum



$500. How to edit a novel or nonfiction book. This self-paced class is intended for those with some developmental editing experience. For fiction editors, it is ideal to have taken the Beginning + Intermediate DE for Fiction classes or the self-paced DE 1 through 6 classes. For nonfiction editors, the Basics + Principles of Developmental Editing for Nonfiction are the recommended prerequisites.

  • 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 shingle, this practicum is intended for you.
  • If you’re breaking into a new genre or shifting from fiction to nonfiction development (or vice versa) and want to ensure you’re not making any missteps, this practicum can help.
  • If you’re working on a particularly challenging manuscript and need some help figuring out what’s going wrong and what you should say about it, this practicum will help solve the situation.

The practicum is entirely self-directed. The instructor will review your completed edits on a full manuscript (up to 100,000 words) as well as your revision letter and will provide a feedback letter covering her basic assessment of the manuscript (which helps ensure you’ve identified dev problems correctly), what you’re doing well in your edit, and suggestions for more effective approaches (if any).

The instructor can typically provide this review within three weeks of receipt of the edited manuscript, but you must arrange for evaluation when you purchase the class.

The class assumes you will be using a ms from a friend, colleague, or client, but the instructor can also provide a ms to work from if none is available to you.

If you would prefer more guidance as you edit, please enroll in the instructor-led Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction or Advanced Developmental Editing for Nonfiction.