Revise and Edit Your Own Novel
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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.
4.8 (54 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
627 students enrolled
Created by Ellen Brock
Last updated 8/2013
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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Requirements
  • Course is most effective for students with a finished or nearly finished novel
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!

Who 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
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
3 Lectures 05:49

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

Preview 01:24

This lecture introduces you to the course.

Preview 02:23

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

The Goal of Editing
02:02
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Story Structure and Pacing
5 Lectures 16:36

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

Preview 03:44

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

The Catalyst
03:12

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

The Middle
03:08

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

The Climax
04:37

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

The Resolution
01:55

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

Understanding Story Structure
16 questions
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Point of View
4 Lectures 15:21

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

What is Point of View?
02:26

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

First Person Mistakes and Errors
03:39

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

Third Person Limited Mistakes and Errors
04:31

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

Third Person Omniscient Mistakes and Errors
04:45

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

Understanding Point of View
7 questions
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Chapters and Scenes
4 Lectures 17:10

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

Chapters and Sections
02:46

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

Chapters are Links in a Chain
06:18

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

Chapters Have Purposes
03:10

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

Chapters Have Conflict
04:56

This quiz will test your understanding of the concepts learned in this section.
Understanding Chapters
9 questions
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Conveying Information
4 Lectures 18:22

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

Telling vs. Showing
05:28

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

What is an Info Dump?
05:09

This lecture explains how to identify info dumps in dialogue.

Info Dumps in Dialogue
03:13

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

Eliminating Info Dumps
04:32

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

Understanding Telling, Showing, and Info Dumps
9 questions
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Dialogue
3 Lectures 08:58

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

Stilted Dialogue
02:55

This lecture explains how to identify and remove cliche dialogue.

Cliche Dialogue
02:45

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

Dialogue Diversity
03:18

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

Understanding Dialogue
7 questions
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Dialogue Tags and Punctuation
4 Lectures 12:19

This lecture explains what dialogue tags are.

What are Dialogue Tags?
02:23

This lecture explains how to punctuate dialogue.

Punctuating Dialogue
05:13

This lecture explains how to properly use dialogue tags.

Using Dialogue Tags Part 1
02:00

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

Using Dialogue Tags Part 2
02:43

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

Understanding Dialogue Tags
9 questions
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Frequently Asked Questions
1 Lecture 00:16
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 03:08

This lecture concludes the course!

Conclusion
03:08
About the Instructor
Ellen Brock
4.8 Average rating
54 Reviews
627 Students
1 Course
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