Get Your Manuscript Past the Gatekeeper
4.9 (3 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,040 students enrolled

Get Your Manuscript Past the Gatekeeper

9 Story Revision & Editing Techniques to Get Your Novel Published
4.9 (3 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,040 students enrolled
Created by Donna Galanti
Last updated 5/2020
English
English [Auto]
Current price: $41.99 Original price: $59.99 Discount: 30% off
5 hours left at this price!
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
Training 5 or more people?

Get your team access to 4,000+ top Udemy courses anytime, anywhere.

Try Udemy for Business
What you'll learn
  • To write your story stronger and tighter with more emotional impact to help you get past the gatekeeper and on the way to publication and reader satisfaction.
  • To write and revise compelling manuscripts for publication and sale.
  • To recognize and correct the nine most common manuscript mistakes.
  • To increase your knowledge of how good storytelling works through professional novel editing skills.
Requirements
  • You are a writer who wants to draft and revise a novel.
  • You seek publication in fiction for any genre and for any audience.
  • You want to strengthen your writing craft and make your stories stand out while saving thousands of dollars on editing services.
  • You are a dedicated learner with a commitment to improving your writing craft.
Description

The key to getting your novel published is not just having a good story – but a polished, well-revised story.

Paying a developmental editor to perform a professional edit on your manuscript could cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. Investing in yourself now on how to professionally self-edit your own work will fast track you toward publication and save you significant money.

This course will cover what you need to improve your novel writing and editing skills to create a better manuscript that can catch the eye of an agent, editor, publisher, or reader—while saving thousands of dollars on story developmental editing services.

You’ll discover 9 story building issues that could be preventing YOU from getting published—or capturing a reader’s attention—and the techniques to fix them. PLUS, you’ll get direct access to my writing and editing toolbox AND my 10 years of author experience having worked with multiple agents, editors, authors, and publishers.

Discover how to create a better novel by focusing on these 9 story development areas:

1: WORLD BUILDING
2: NARRATIVE FLOW
3: COPY EDITS
4: SHOW VS. TELL
5: INFORMATION DUMPING
6: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
7: DIALOGUE
8: PLOT LINES
9: PACING AND TENSION

PLUS ADDITIONAL CONTENT:

· How to Build Suspense

· Characters that Grab You

· Sidekick Characters

· 8 Steps to an Agent, a Publisher, and a 2-Book Deal

· Revision Resources

· Course Guide

Lessons include:

* Mistakes to avoid and techniques to fix them

* Story examples to reinforce the lesson

* Assignments to strengthen your story development


What I am sharing with you in this course is based on ten years of experience working with privately hired developmental editors, editorial staff at several publishers, editors on submission, author mentors, and literary agents—as well as being an intern at a NYC literary agency.

As a literary agency intern, I read manuscripts for an agent that she requested from queries. My job was to let her know if the book was a story she should consider. Was it a good story? Did it hold my attention? Did I stop reading? If so where, and why? I had the power to recommend the book to her or not. 99% of the time I did not. Why? Because these stories were not ready for publication.

They may each have held a GOOD STORY IDEA but were plagued with issues that prevented them from being a GREAT STORY that would resonate with readers. Issues that prevented them from getting past the gatekeeper. Issues that I’ve been guilty of myself and have worked hard to overcome.

In this course, I will cover these exact issues that could be preventing YOU from getting published.

Discover:

* How to write and revise compelling manuscripts for publication and sale

* How to recognize and correct the nine most common manuscript mistakes

* How to increase your knowledge of how good storytelling works

Improving your self-editing techniques is one of the best ways to get your novel publication-ready and get it in the hands of readers.

Submitting a well-written and engaging story to an agent, editor, publisher, or reader can help you stand out from the thousands of manuscripts that get rejected each day.

You've invested a lot of time, energy, and emotion into your book—investing in improving your storytelling skills can ensure your book captures the spotlight.

By the end of this course you will be confident in knowing how to write and revise your novel to craft an engaging story.

What’s included in Get Your Manuscript Past the Gatekeeper:

A 9-Step Author Revision Process to Write and Revise with Confidence and Skill

FULL COURSE INFO:

1: WORLD BUILDING
What world building involves and why it’s important for any story.
How to ground the reader in your world and what details to include—and avoid.

2: NARRATIVE FLOW
Create a smooth story flow from one element to the next to keep the reader turning the pages.
The importance of “letting things resonate” for a deeper impact.

3: COPY EDITS
Why varying sentence type can improve readability and keep your reader interested.
How to avoid bogging your story down in repetition and description.

4: SHOW VS. TELL
Eliminate histrionics and overly dramatic expression.
“Show” techniques that can create an emotional connection with readers.

5: INFORMATION DUMPING
How to select what to reveal—and what to exclude— to keep your story active.
Effective ways to include backstory that don’t bog down the action.

6: CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
How voice is key for readers to connect with characters.
Create dimensional characters to care about.
The importance of focusing on emotional turning points.
Introduce sidekick characters to support your main character.

7: DIALOGUE
Why every line of dialogue is key to the story.
Craft compelling dialogue that moves the story forward and reveals character.

8: PLOT LINES
Hook readers with your story promise and why your story must be more than just “a good idea”.
A guide to ensure each chapter drives your story forward and keeps it on track.

9: PACING AND TENSION
How to achieve the right pacing and tension to evoke emotion in your characters and readers.
Create effective pacing and tension that can build suspense for any genre.
Balance action so your story isn’t too frantic or too bogged down.

Who this course is for:
  • Emerging authors who want to self-publish and sell their novels on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iStore, and other publishing platforms.
  • Writers who want to write and revise their first novel.
  • Writers who seek publication through literary agents and traditional publishing houses.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 02:04:41
+ World building
2 lectures 15:29
World Building: Borrow from History
05:44
Spend time brainstorming and researching your world.
World Building Preparation
3 questions
+ Copy Edits
1 lecture 05:47
Copy Edits
05:47
Review and correct your story to improve accuracy and readability ensure that it is free of errors, omissions, inconsistencies, and repetition.
Make Your Copy Tighter
5 questions
+ Information Dumping
2 lectures 14:36
Information Dumping: What to Include
06:25
Information Dumping: What to Avoid
08:11
Using techniques to cut information dump sections in your manuscript.
How to Avoid Info Dumping
4 questions
+ Character Development
5 lectures 27:44
Character Development: Voice
06:47
Character Development: Info Dumping
02:28
Character Development: Growth
10:43
Character Development: Emotional Turning Points
03:27
Character Development: Sidekicks
04:19
+ Dialogue
1 lecture 08:29
Dialogue
08:29
Make your dialogue and important part of the narrative that moves the story forward and reveals character.
Craft Compelling Dialogue
4 questions
+ Plot Lines
1 lecture 10:02
Plot Lines
10:02
Use techniques to ensure your plot lines are relevant to the story.
Ensure Your Story Hooks
1 question
+ Pacing and Tension
3 lectures 22:42
Pacing and Tension: Elements
04:54
Pacing and Tension: Building Suspense
09:52
Pacing and Tension: Balancing Action
07:56
Select information to reveal to your reader and when to reveal it. This can heighten pacing and tension.
How and When to Reveal Info
1 question