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Starting Your Editing Business

This four-lesson, self-paced 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 inventory gaining more experience setting fees using letters of introduction managing clients avoiding scope creep…
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Class Package: DE 1 through 6

This class 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 Queries DE 4: Writing the Revision Letter DE 5: Manuscript Evaluation DE 6: Evaluating Your Effectiveness as an…
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DE 2: Principles of Developmental Editing

This self-paced, four-lesson class covers the ABCs of the practice of developmental editing of fiction: understanding the developmental editor’s role how developmental editing differs from other types of editing and feedback questions to ask when developmental editing the mechanics of developmental editing basics of writing editorial queries working with authors at different experience levels understanding…
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DE 3: Writing Effective Editorial Queries

In developmental editing, much of the guidance we provide to authors takes place in the editorial queries. This self-paced class provides information about best practices for developmental editors, particularly for fiction. The class includes a thorough description of effective querying practices, a sample manuscript edit with ineffective queries for you to evaluate, commentary to help…
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Essentials of Conflict

This four-lesson, self-paced class digs into what story conflict is, how authors create it (or don’t), and what you, the editor, can do to fix it. It covers: how character development impacts conflict and how conflict impacts story structure the eternal trifecta (goal, motivation, conflict) to help you learn to identify character goals and motivations…
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DE Detective

Using sentence-level clues to track down developmental problems This four-lesson, self-paced 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 to head, it takes three chapters for the actual story to…
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Editing the Romance

In this self-paced, four-lesson class, you’ll learn the basics of the developmental editing of romance. The class is meant for editors who have either some experience editing fiction or who have taken a developmental editing of fiction class. Each lesson includes an assignment for you to do to practice your skills, plus an answer key…
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Editing Short Stories and Novellas

Editing Short Stories and Novellas (June 6 – July 3, 2022)

In this new, four-week, instructor-led class, students will learn the developmental editing of short fiction and novellas. We’ll discuss: Basic expectations for the various types of short fiction, ranging from flash fiction up through novellas. How DE differs when it is applied to short fiction and novellas as opposed to full-length novels. Strategies for editing…
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Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction (June 6 – July 31, 2022)

Eight weeks, instructor-led, intermediate/advanced level.  You’ll perform a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on or you may use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client’s project or a friend’s work) instead. Please do just get the author’s permission to…
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Naked Editing Book Club

In this ongoing class, we’ll use published novels to talk about story development/developmental editing. Each month we’ll read and discuss a new novel, just like any book club – but with a twist. We look at everything from a developmental perspective: What (if anything) is going wrong developmentally? What might we suggest the author do…
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Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (Sept 12 – Oct 9, 2022)

Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly popular class is meant for anyone interested in working with novelists to help them tell better stories. We’ll discuss the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn’t), the specifics of developmental editing in fiction (for example, the types of problems and judgments calls you run into with fiction),…
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Editing for Plot and Story Structure (Sept 14 – Oct 11, 2022)

Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Plot and story structure (also called narrative structure) are the big-picture elements of storytelling that we might call “what happens” and “the framework within which the plot (what happens) is shown.” Authors (and editors!) sometimes think there is only one type of story structure to use, based on a three-act…
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Editing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Sept 19 – Oct 16, 2022)

In this instructor-led, four-lesson class, we’ll discuss 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 have why the “what if?” matters and how to encourage the author to ask…
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Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 10 – Nov 6, 2022)

Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly popular class is meant for anyone interested in working with novelists to develop their work. The instructor strongly recommends taking the Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction class before attempting this one, even if you have some developmental editing experience. The two classes are meant to work together. In this class, we’ll cover…
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Editing for Character Development (Oct 12 – Nov 8, 2022)

Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. In a well-written novel, the characters – especially the main character – will seem like real people who engage the reader’s attention if not the reader’s empathy. Authors often need our help in figuring out what to do about flat characters or unengaging protagonists. The character must face obstacles to…
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Getting Editorial Work from Book Publishers/Packagers (Nov 7 – Dec 11, 2022)

Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly 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, much as we love working with indie clients, sometimes what we’re looking for in…
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Editing for World-Building and Setting (Nov 9 – Dec 13, 2022)

Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Though writers and editors have borrowed the term “world-building” from the science fiction and fantasy genres, creating a believable story world is important for any author writing fiction in any genre. This class shows how developmental editors can help authors create story worlds the reader will happily enter into—not just…
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Coaching for Editors and Writers (3 hour package)

Both new and experienced editors sometimes need professional guidance in the craft of editing or in growing their editing business.  Jennifer Lawler, an experienced editor, offers personal coaching to help. Coaching typically takes place via phone conversations (Zoom if you prefer) or through email. Types of coaching Jennifer offers include: Developing your skills through a…
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  • Jessica Lawler Kay – Donation

    $10.00$50.00

    If you prefer, you can use Paypal. Email: kayj9167@gmail.com

  • Missed Homework Makeup

    $15.00

    If you’ve taken an instructor-led class from Club Ed but life got in the way and you didn’t turn in an assignment before it ended, now’s your chance to get feedback on that assignment. Once you’ve purchased the Missed Homework Makeup product, send along your assignment to Jennifer@jenniferlawler.com and I’ll return feedback within two weeks….

  • Naked Editing Book Club – the full year (September 2022 – August 2023)

    $225.00

    Save the hassle of enrolling in the Naked Editing Book Club each month and sign up for the year ahead of time – and save $135.

  • Starting Your Editing Business

    $79.00

    This four-lesson, self-paced 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 inventory gaining more experience setting fees using letters of introduction managing clients avoiding scope creep…

  • Naked Editing: Self-Paced Version

    $49.00

    This self-paced 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 me to point out that there is no actual nudity by anyone in this class. You’ll: learn…

  • Class Package: DE 1 through 6

    $325.00

    This class 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 Queries DE 4: Writing the Revision Letter DE 5: Manuscript Evaluation DE 6: Evaluating Your Effectiveness as an…

  • DE 1: Foundations of Storytelling

    $79.00

    This self-paced class contains four lessons and starts at the beginning: what a novel is, how genres work, how readers read. You’ll learn not just the definition of story conflict but how to identify it when you see it. You’ll learn what GMC stands for and you’ll understand what editors and writers mean when we…

  • DE 2: Principles of Developmental Editing

    $79.00

    This self-paced, four-lesson class covers the ABCs of the practice of developmental editing of fiction: understanding the developmental editor’s role how developmental editing differs from other types of editing and feedback questions to ask when developmental editing the mechanics of developmental editing basics of writing editorial queries working with authors at different experience levels understanding…

  • DE 3: Writing Effective Editorial Queries

    $49.00

    In developmental editing, much of the guidance we provide to authors takes place in the editorial queries. This self-paced class provides information about best practices for developmental editors, particularly for fiction. The class includes a thorough description of effective querying practices, a sample manuscript edit with ineffective queries for you to evaluate, commentary to help…

  • DE 4: Writing the Revision Letter

    $49.00

    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, overwhelming the author with the wrong details. This self-paced class includes a thorough discussion of how to…

  • DE 5: Manuscript Evaluation

    $49.00

    This self-paced 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 some overall guidance about where their ms is going wrong and how to fix it. For more experienced authors,…

  • DE 6: Evaluating Your Effectiveness as an Editor

    $49.00

    As a freelancer, you don’t have a boss or coworkers giving feedback about your performance. If you work primarily for indie clients, your clientele may not even know what effective editing looks like. What if there are better ways for you to do your work? In this self-paced class, you’ll learn the characteristics of effective editing,…

  • Developmental Editing Practicum

    $500.00

    This self-paced class is intended for those with some developmental editing experience or who have taken the Beginning + Intermediate DE for Fiction classes or the self-paced DE 1 through 6 classes. If you’re launching a developmental editing business and want an experienced developmental editor to review your edits on a manuscript to make sure…

  • Essentials of Conflict

    $79.00

    This four-lesson, self-paced class digs into what story conflict is, how authors create it (or don’t), and what you, the editor, can do to fix it. It covers: how character development impacts conflict and how conflict impacts story structure the eternal trifecta (goal, motivation, conflict) to help you learn to identify character goals and motivations…

  • How to Edit Query Letters, Synopses, and More!

    $79.00

    This four-lesson, self-paced class is meant for editors who would like to offer additional services to authors beyond manuscript editing. In this class, you’ll learn how to edit: query letters and story synopses for authors planning to follow the traditional publishing path elevator pitches for authors planning to attend conference pitch sessions or who just…

  • DE Detective

    $79.00

    Using sentence-level clues to track down developmental problems This four-lesson, self-paced 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 to head, it takes three chapters for the actual story to…

  • Editing the Romance

    $79.00

    In this self-paced, four-lesson class, you’ll learn the basics of the developmental editing of romance. The class is meant for editors who have either some experience editing fiction or who have taken a developmental editing of fiction class. Each lesson includes an assignment for you to do to practice your skills, plus an answer key…

  • Editing for Point-of-View and Perspective

    $79.00

    This four-lesson, self-paced class is intended for those with some developmental editing experience or who have taken the Beginning + Intermediate DE for Fiction classes or the self-paced DE 1 through 6 classes. This class goes beyond the basics of head-hopping to dive deep into problems in perspective and POV. It covers: the possibilities and…

  • Developmental Editing of Nonfiction

    $99.00

    This eight-lesson, self-paced class is meant for editors interested in working with writers to develop their nonfiction articles and books. Go at your own pace. Use specially designed answer keys to assess your progress. Typically, DE students have some experience with editing but haven’t done much in the way of developmental editing and want an…

  • Copyediting and Line Editing for Fiction

    $99.00

    This six-lesson, self-paced online class is designed for newer freelance editors who edit or hope to edit indie novelists. While there is no instructor feedback, the class offers six different assignments with informative answer keys so students can track their progress. Most information about copyediting/line editing is designed with nonfiction in mind, but fiction and…

  • Editing Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

    $79.00

    This self-paced class walks you through the principles of developmentally editing the related genres of mystery, suspense, and thriller. It includes two lessons: (1) an overview of the principles of developmental editing and (2) an overview of the principles of editing crime (and related) fiction. The course includes the full ms of a thriller that…

  • Marketing Challenge (May 23 – June 30, 2022)

    $59.00

    In this marketing challenge, students will spend the first week (May 23 – 31) refining a marketing plan, deciding on their priorities, and figuring out what marketing tasks they need to use to achieve them. The instructor will give feedback and make suggestions on each plan. She’ll also share her own plan. Then, starting June…

  • Editing Short Stories and Novellas

    Editing Short Stories and Novellas (June 6 – July 3, 2022)

    $250.00

    In this new, four-week, instructor-led class, students will learn the developmental editing of short fiction and novellas. We’ll discuss: Basic expectations for the various types of short fiction, ranging from flash fiction up through novellas. How DE differs when it is applied to short fiction and novellas as opposed to full-length novels. Strategies for editing…

  • Foundations of Storytelling for Writers

    $79.00

    This four-lesson, self-paced class, written by a developmental editor, shows authors how to apply developmental editing principles to their own work. You’ll learn what concerns like “lack of a clear central conflict” and “poor character development” mean, how to find out if your novel has such story problems, and, if so, what to do to…

  • Advanced Developmental Editing for Fiction (June 6 – July 31, 2022)

    $400.00

    Eight weeks, instructor-led, intermediate/advanced level.  You’ll perform a complete, actual edit of a full-length fiction manuscript. The instructor will provide a class manuscript for you to work on or you may use a manuscript of your own (for example, a client’s project or a friend’s work) instead. Please do just get the author’s permission to…

  • Editorial Toolkit: Coaching Writers (July 6 – Aug 2, 2022)

    $250.00

    Editorial Toolkit: Coaching Writers is a four-week, instructor-led course designed to help you get started in offering coaching as a service to writers. Coaching can be a lucrative addition to your menu of services and can be a great way to help writers who are not ready for a developmental edit, who are stuck at…

  • Naked Editing Book Club

    $30.00

    In this ongoing class, we’ll use published novels to talk about story development/developmental editing. Each month we’ll read and discuss a new novel, just like any book club – but with a twist. We look at everything from a developmental perspective: What (if anything) is going wrong developmentally? What might we suggest the author do…

  • Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction (Sept 12 – Oct 9, 2022)

    $250.00

    Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly popular class is meant for anyone interested in working with novelists to help them tell better stories. We’ll discuss the basics of developmental editing (what it is and isn’t), the specifics of developmental editing in fiction (for example, the types of problems and judgments calls you run into with fiction),…

  • Editing for Plot and Story Structure (Sept 14 – Oct 11, 2022)

    $250.00

    Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Plot and story structure (also called narrative structure) are the big-picture elements of storytelling that we might call “what happens” and “the framework within which the plot (what happens) is shown.” Authors (and editors!) sometimes think there is only one type of story structure to use, based on a three-act…

  • Editing Science Fiction and Fantasy (Sept 19 – Oct 16, 2022)

    $250.00

    In this instructor-led, four-lesson class, we’ll discuss 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 have why the “what if?” matters and how to encourage the author to ask…

  • Intermediate Developmental Editing for Fiction (Oct 10 – Nov 6, 2022)

    $250.00

    Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly popular class is meant for anyone interested in working with novelists to develop their work. The instructor strongly recommends taking the Beginning Developmental Editing for Fiction class before attempting this one, even if you have some developmental editing experience. The two classes are meant to work together. In this class, we’ll cover…

  • Editing for Character Development (Oct 12 – Nov 8, 2022)

    $250.00

    Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. In a well-written novel, the characters – especially the main character – will seem like real people who engage the reader’s attention if not the reader’s empathy. Authors often need our help in figuring out what to do about flat characters or unengaging protagonists. The character must face obstacles to…

  • Getting Editorial Work from Book Publishers/Packagers (Nov 7 – Dec 11, 2022)

    $250.00

    Four weeks, instructor-led. This highly 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, much as we love working with indie clients, sometimes what we’re looking for in…

  • Editing for World-Building and Setting (Nov 9 – Dec 13, 2022)

    $250.00

    Four weeks, instructor-led, intermediate level. Though writers and editors have borrowed the term “world-building” from the science fiction and fantasy genres, creating a believable story world is important for any author writing fiction in any genre. This class shows how developmental editors can help authors create story worlds the reader will happily enter into—not just…

  • Coaching for Editors and Writers (3 hour package)

    $300.00

    Both new and experienced editors sometimes need professional guidance in the craft of editing or in growing their editing business.  Jennifer Lawler, an experienced editor, offers personal coaching to help. Coaching typically takes place via phone conversations (Zoom if you prefer) or through email. Types of coaching Jennifer offers include: Developing your skills through a…

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  • Coaching for Editors and Writers

    $150.00

    Both new and experienced editors sometimes need professional guidance in the craft of editing or in growing their editing business. Jennifer Lawler, an experienced editor, offers personal coaching to help. Coaching typically takes place via phone conversations (Zoom if you prefer) or through email. Types of coaching Jennifer offers include: Developing your skills through a…