Online Courses

Interactive Online Courses for Editors

Working with Indie Authors

March 25 to April 22, 2020

There are more and more opportunities for editors to work directly with independent authors—those who are self-publishing and those who are looking to work with a publisher. Different authors will have different ranges of experience and understanding of the industry. Understanding where they are coming from and what they need can help you make a good initial impression and create lasting relationships.

You’ll come out of this interactive course with an understanding of what indie authors need from you, some new ideas for business practices and marketing, and some templates you can use to make your work even more efficient.

We’ll work together so you can create positive ongoing working relationships, use your time efficiently, and be an asset to the authors who hire you.

(Oh, and there will be dinosaurs, of course 🦖🦕)

This four-week course is limited to 20 students.

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Course Scholarship

Are you facing barriers to continuing editorial education? Send me up to 400 words describing those barriers and how this course will help you achieve your goals. I’ll be awarding a scholarship to one person per course, making the recipient’s total cost only $5.

The deadline for the scholarship application is March 13. The recipient will be chosen by March 18.

To apply for the course scholarship, email me at

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Coming Soon

I’ll be releasing more new interactive online courses in 2020 (featuring your favorite editorial assistants, of course 🦕🦖)!

  • Editing Memoir
  • Developmental Editing
  • Editing YA
  • And more!

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The Story in Their Story: Genre Expectations to Consider When Editing Memoir

True stories have the power to connect us with the lives of others—and these deeply personal, yet universal stories provide us with a way of seeing the world through a new lens. But finding and crafting that story in way that’s compelling to others is challenging for even the best of writers. As editors, understanding where writers are coming from and what their stories need can help you better help them.

This course will cover:

  • How memoir as a genre compares to other narrative forms
  • How to help writers focus their story and target a specific market
  • How to handle some of the challenges innate to this genre

Developmental Editing: Stepping Back to See the Big Picture

Want to work with authors of fiction or creative nonfiction on the bigger picture, analyzing how story elements work together to create a compelling narrative and finding ways to make stories even more captivating?

This course will cover the process of developmental editing. We’ll discuss:

  • Using systems to keep track of key story elements and help you analyze them
  • Techniques to help you step back and give yourself space to think about the story
  • Creating a structural plan to help you maintain focus when marking up the manuscript
  • Processes that can help you communicate with the author about the big picture

Let’s Talk YA: The Readers, The Market, The Conventions

In the past couple of decades, YA fiction has exploded in popularity, and with good reason. Many readers point to a YA book when they talk about what made them fall in love (or fall back in love) with reading. What makes YA so compelling? We’ll talk about that in this course.

We’ll also cover:

  • What defines YA
  • Who reads YA, and what their expectations are
  • How you can help writers focus their story to target this specific market
  • How to handle some of the challenges innate to this genre


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