In this course, you will learn:

  • Why you need to become your own editor
  • Overview of the editorial process
  • Why it’s important to make multiple passes while editing
  • How to approach your edit.

Part 1: Acquisitions Editing

You’ll learn first how to look at your work the way that an acquisitions editor might—as a work of art with a marketable value. You’ll also learn how to make your novel more sellable.

Part 2: Content Editing

We’ll then go into various facets of content editing, during which you will learn the “triage editing” approach to editing. You’ll then examine each individual character, conflict, setting, and scene of your novel and look at ways to enhance it. Once you’ve analyzed your novel, you’ll devise an action plan, where you create a list of things to do in your rewrite.

Part 3: Line Editing

Next you’ll learn how to line edit. We’ll recommend some resources that you can use to learn how to line edit. We’ll have you read one book, (and recommend some other resources), perform some editing exercises, and then have you line edit your own novel.

Part 4: Syllabic Editing

We’ll then teach you how to do a “syllabic edit” and have you perform a final edit.

Editing Assignment

When you are done, you’ll send the first 50 pages to Dave so that he can critique your novel and give you further advice on how to prepare it for publication.

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