Editing Novels in a Series (February 27 – May 21, 2023)



$275. How to edit novels written as part of a series. Instructor-led, three months.

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 siblings in Book 2, without any explanation of how that happened.

In this class, you’ll learn how to create and update a series bible (the document that helps you and the author prevent laughable errors), understand the different types of series, learn what to look for regarding continuity issues, ensure there is sufficient backstory for readers to understand what is happening (but not so much that readers lose interest), and avoid common technical problems.

This class takes place over three months because you will need to read and respond to three complete novel manuscripts. Each month, you’ll read the lesson, read that month’s ms, and deliver a homework assignment. The instructor will provide both individual feedback and an overall example edit for you to review. There is also a discussion forum for conversations and questions. But you will not need to be in a specific place at a specific time to take the class.

Month 1 will cover reading the first book in a series, Month 2 the second book, and Month 3 the third book. The novel series under consideration in this class is a medieval fantasy but you will not be expected to have any particular genre knowledge in order to do the work.

Whether you’re a copy editor or a developmental editor, you’ll find this class useful. We’ll focus on the series-related issues in the edit, which are of concern to both developmental editors and copy editors.