Self-Editing Techniques That Make Books Sell
What you'll learn
- Self-edit your writing in a style that is easy to understand, allows the reader to become part of the experience, and creates a more enjoyable read. If publishing your writing, completing this course will save you money when hiring an editor. Mastery of this course will also aid in receiving positive ratings and reviews on your books.
- While this course contains a number of professional editing techniques and will save you money in editing, it will not result in a fully-edited manuscript. You will still need to hire an editor to check punctuation, content, and other aspects of editing if publishing your work.
- You should have a chapter (or five to ten pages) of your writing to apply the exercises. If you do not have anything written, writing prompts will be given. You will need to choose one and write it out before proceeding with the exercises. Although you can do the exercises without a computer, using a word processor with a search capability will make the exercises quicker and easier to complete.
This course will teach you simple, yet effective self-editing techniques that will improve your success as a writer. Whether you have already written a book, would like to try writing a book, or just enjoy writing, you will learn to eliminate unnecessary words and phrases while strengthening your story. When you apply the techniques to your writing, they will soon become habits, which will cut your editing time and costs if you are going to publish your book.
These techniques work with fictional and non-fictional writing. The techniques can also help college and high school students write stronger papers.
Each lecture includes a short video explanation, a technique to apply to your writing, and additional exercises to reinforce the technique. There are also various handouts for quick reference to be used with future writing projects. These techniques will make the reader experience more enjoyable, and when readers enjoy your writing, you will sell more books.
As you go through the course, you will be using your own manuscript or written piece. Writing prompts are provided for those who have no prior writing samples.
The time required to go through the course will vary with each student since you are using your own written pieces that differ in length. Starting out, you will only be applying the techniques to a couple chapters. Once you have mastered the techniques, you will go back and apply what you have learned to your whole book or written piece.
By doing some initial editing yourself, you can save hundreds of dollars when hiring an editor. Then you can use the extra money on marketing. Let's get started!
Who this course is for:
- This course is for any writer who wants to write clearly, concisely, and desires to improve their overall writing skills. This course is not intended for those who do not have a general understanding of basic English grammar and sentence structure.
Karen Crowell has 35 years of teaching experience in the public, private, and college sectors. She is an author, editor, publisher, and owner of Serendipity Digital Media KC. Her main areas of expertise include grammar, writing, music, Microsoft Office certification classes, and life coaching. As a vocalist and writer, she has traveled the United States and Canada as a clinician and conference speaker. Karen loves helping others become successful and is looking forward to helping you.