Revise and Edit Your Own Novel

Learn how to edit your own novel for traditional or self publication with the help of a professional editor.
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  • Lectures 29
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2013 English

Course Description

Attract Agents, Editors, and Readers

Are you a writer struggling to get a literary agent or editor excited about your novel? Are you a self-publishing author who can't afford the high costs of hiring a freelance novel editor? This course is for you!

Editing is the key to becoming a successful novelist. Anyone can churn out the first draft of a novel, but not everyone understands how to polish and shine that first draft into something literary agents, editors, and readers will get excited about!

Tailored Lectures and Advice

As the instructor, I will be available to answer questions daily, usually within a few hours. So you never have to worry about getting stuck.

Plus, this course will be constantly in development. New lectures will be added as students pose questions and need extra help. The more students who sign up, the more time I will have to spend on creating new content.

Save Money

Hiring a professional freelance novel editor costs between $800 and $3,000 for a full length book, and if you don't learn how to edit your own novel, you will pay this fee for each and every novel you have professionally edited. With this course, you will have lifetime access, so you can use it over and over again with each of your novels for no extra charge.

Students will also get a 10% discount for life on all of my professional novel editing services.

Achieve Your Publishing Dreams

Blow your competitors out of the water, gain new readers, or finally impress that agent you've had your eye on! Join the course and improve your writing and editing skills today!

What are the requirements?

  • Course is most effective for students with a finished or nearly finished novel

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Students who work through the exercises will end the course with an edited novel.
  • Students Will Improve Both Writing and Editing Skills
  • Learn to effectively and efficiently edit novels.

What is the target audience?

  • Self-Publishing Authors
  • Writers Seeking Agents
  • Writers Seeking Traditional Publishing Deals
  • Anyone Who Wants to Improve Their Fiction Writing
  • Aspiring Editors

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Article

A letter welcoming students to the course with some links to other resources.

02:23

This lecture introduces you to the course.

02:02

This lecture explains the goal of editing and what we are trying to achieve with this course.

Section 2: Story Structure and Pacing
03:44

The lecture explains what the set up is and what it must include.

03:12

This lecture explains what the catalyst is and what it must include.

03:08

This lecture explains how to keep the middle of your novel interesting and engaging.

04:37

This lecture explains what is required to create a satisfying climax.

01:55

This lecture explains how to create a satisfying resolution to your novel.

16 questions

This quiz will test your comprehension of story structure and pacing.

Section 3: Point of View
02:26

This lecture explains the three main types of point of view.

03:39

This lecture explains the common mistakes and errors in first person point of view.

04:31

This lecture explains the common mistakes and errors in third person limited point of view.

04:45

This lecture explains the common mistakes and errors in third person omniscient point of view.

7 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of point of view mistakes and errors.

Section 4: Chapters and Scenes
02:46

This lecture explains the differences between chapters and sections and how to use them appropriately.

06:18

This lecture explains how chapters function as links in a chain.

03:10

This lecture explains that chapters must have purposes and how you can identify whether or not each chapter has one.

04:56

This lecture explains that chapters must have conflict and how to identify whether or not each chapter has conflict.

9 questions
This quiz will test your understanding of the concepts learned in this section.
Section 5: Conveying Information
05:28

This lecture explains what telling is and how to avoid it.

05:09

This lecture explains how to identify info dumps and why they are a problem.

03:13

This lecture explains how to identify info dumps in dialogue.

04:32

This lecture provides a step by step process for eliminating info dumps.

9 questions

This quiz tests your understanding of telling, showing, and info dumps.

Section 6: Dialogue
02:55

This lecture explains how to identify stilted dialogue and make it more natural.

02:45

This lecture explains how to identify and remove cliche dialogue.

03:18

This lecture explains why each character should sound different and how to achieve dialogue diversity.

7 questions

This quiz tests your understanding of dialogue and the problems associated with it.

Section 7: Dialogue Tags and Punctuation
02:23

This lecture explains what dialogue tags are.

05:13

This lecture explains how to punctuate dialogue.

02:00

This lecture explains how to properly use dialogue tags.

02:43

This lecture explains how to use dialogue tags like a professional.

9 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of dialogue tags and how to punctuate them.

Section 8: Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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Section 9: Conclusion
03:08

This lecture concludes the course!

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Instructor Biography

Ellen Brock, Freelance Editor

Ellen Brock is a freelance novel editor who has worked with hundreds of clients on perfecting and polishing their manuscripts. She owns her own editing company Keytop, Inc. that provides a variety of editing services to current and aspiring authors. She loves empowering writers to make the most of their novels, whether they're seeking a traditional publishing deal or are looking to self publish. For more information about Ellen, her services, and her clients, visit her website: www.keytopservices.com

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