Online Courses

Working with Indie Authors

October 1 to October 29, 2020

Coming again soon!

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 đŸ¦–đŸ¦•)

This four-week interactive course is limited to 20 students.

Find out more about for Working with Indie Authors.

Working with Indie Authors Scholarship

Are you facing barriers to continuing editorial education? Send me up to 400 words describing 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.

I believe in the need for more diversity in the publishing industry. I encourage people who identify as coming from a diverse background to apply.

The deadline for the scholarship application is September 18. The recipient will be chosen by September 24.

To apply for the course scholarship, email me at

Editing Memoir

November 25 to December 23, 2020

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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 what their stories need can help you better help them.

Editing Memoir is an interactive course that dives deep into the genre. 

It will help you better understand memoir and its readers’ expectations. It will give you tools and techniques to help you figure out what a specific manuscript needs, and how you can address those needs to make it even more compelling to its readers.

This interactive, asynchronous course is limited to 20 students.

Scholarship Available: Diverse Editors for Diverse Books

Are you an editor from a background, culture, or community that has been historically underrepresented in publishing? Do you need some help paying for continuing education? Then I hope you’ll apply for the Diverse Editors for Diverse Books Scholarship.

All you need to do is email me up to 400 words describing how this course will help you achieve your professional goals. I’ll be awarding a scholarship to one person per course, making the recipient’s total cost only $5.

Apply for the Diverse Editors for Diverse Books scholarship.

Coming Soon

I’ll be releasing more new interactive online courses in 2021 (featuring your favorite editorial assistants, of course đŸ¦•đŸ¦–)!

  • Developmental Editing
  • Editing YA
  • Editing Poetry
  • And more!

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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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