Edit Your Novel the Right Way!

Learn the tricks and techniques to turning your rough draft into a thing of beauty.
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Rating: 4.2 out of 5 (74 ratings)
4,079 students
58min of on-demand video
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Understand the components of a good novel
Learn to self-edit your work like an editing SUPERSTAR!
Understand and find online tools to assist in self-editing
Know the value of editing and proofreading
Know which software to leverage, and which to avoid
Learn about the best places on the web to get feedback from other writers
Discover how to grow a protective shell and protect yourself from critics and hurtful comments
Learn to be smart about finding and choosing the best editors for YOUR work
Discover how to have fun editing your novel or story (yes, it really CAN be fun)


  • Have written a novel
  • Understand basic novel concepts such as story arc and subplot
  • Understand story structure


I know how hard it is to edit your first draft.

I know how hard it is to WRITE your first draft, to begin with!

I've been where you are.

Perhaps disappointed by what you've written.

Perhaps feeling that it's not QUITE what you had in mind.

Well, this is the right course for you.

First, I take a POSITIVE and FUN approach to editing.

Nothing to be dreaded or afraid of.

I've written six novels and a bucket load of short stories.

Three of my novels are published, as is my collection of short stories.

Now here's the thing.

My novels were TERRIBLE when I finished writing them.

Really, really awful.

So, I got help. I learned everything I could about editing your novel from some great books and some great online courses, including those by the wonderful Holly Lisle and the amazing Shawn Coyne and the brilliant James Scott Bell, among many, many other great writers and editors.

I also worked with genius editors through draft after draft and learned from what they told me about my writing (some of it eye opening).

And I discovered online resources you won't believe exist -- they are that good!

This course can be finished in an hour, but in my opinion it should ideally be used this way:

     1. After the intro lessons, take ONE lesson, learn from it.

     2. Then, APPLY it to your current manuscript.

     3. When you're done, come back and take the next lesson.

     4. Apply what you've learned to your manuscript AGAIN.

     5. Rinse and repeat.

In this manner, make your way through the course.

When you are done with the course — whether it takes you hours, days, weeks, or months -- so, too, your manuscript will be done!

So don't delay. I promise it's painless. You'll learn a lot and have fun doing it.

And remember, this course, like all the courses on udemy.com, is yours to access forever.

That's really good for two reasons:

You can retake the course every time you have a new novel or short story to edit

The course will increase in content over time, and will always be up-to-date, because I will be adding new courses and refreshing existing courses all the time.

So sign up, and best of luck.

And remember, you can always ask me questions right in the course.

This course — again, like all of udemy's courses — are personal. They aren't just posted here and forgotten. Letting you sink or swim on your own.

I'll be here to offer advice, answer questions, and guide you through the rough spots.

Aren't you excited to get started? I am eager to have you jump in with both feet!

Let's do this!



Who this course is for:

  • Any writer at any stage of their career
  • This is NOT for writers who have not yet completed a first draft of a novel
  • This is NOT for nonfiction ("true") book writers, although some of the material does apply to all writing in general


Author, Teacher
Carl Plumer
  • 4.2 Instructor Rating
  • 478 Reviews
  • 17,611 Students
  • 4 Courses

CARL S. PLUMER was born in New York City, holds advanced degrees in writing, and has spent his life surrounded by words. He is an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist and a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist.

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