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Self-Editing Techniques That Make Books Sell

Transform Your Writing from Good to Great
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Created by Karen Crowell
Last updated 7/2015
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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 is the target audience?
  • 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.
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What Will I 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.
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  • 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.
Curriculum For This Course
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3 Lectures 07:39

Welcome to the class! In this lecture, you will learn the benefits you will receive from completing this class. You will be given the reasons why it is important to self-edit and have an overview of how the course is set up.

Preview 03:57

In this lecture, you will

  • receive direction on how to format the writing sample you will use for the exercises,
  • learn how cutting out unnecessary words and phrases can save you money,
  • and by doing the exercises, you will also strengthen your written work.
Preview 03:42

Writing Prompts
1 page
Started, Began, -ing Words With Phrases and Infinitives
2 Lectures 04:01

In this lesson, you will learn when to use started and began. You will also learn when to rewrite sentences that begin with -ing words and the proper use of infinitive phrases. Please note that we are working with -ing words that are acting as present participles or prepositions. We are not working with gerunds (a verb form ending in ing and acting as a noun).

Preview 04:01

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”Expletive” and “had ____ that” Phrases
2 Lectures 02:04

In this lesson, you will see how using expletives can create confusion and how changing expletives and had ___ that phrases make reading smoother, cleaner, and clearer.

Expletives and "had ___ that" phrases

1 page
2 Lectures 02:00

In this lesson, you will see how writing in active voice keeps the reader engaged. You will also learn when it is okay and best to write in passive voice.

Write in Active Voice Whenever Possible

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"Had” in Internal Dialogue
2 Lectures 02:00

In this lesson, you will learn how to change internal dialogue from dull to exciting as you allow the reader to experience the action as they read.

Use Fewer “Hads” in Internal Dialogue

1 page
Dealing with Dialogue
3 Lectures 03:25

In this lesson, you will learn different ways to make your dialogue more interactive for the reader. Choose which techniques you want to use. You do not have to apply every technique to every dialogue, but keep in mind, usually less is more. The object of this lesson is to make room for the reader to use his or her imagination.

Dialogue Tags and Reducing Dialogue Length

1 page

Side Note
1 page
Nouns Into Verbs and Shortening Verb Phrases
2 Lectures 02:18

In this lesson, you will learn how to transform your writing by changing nouns into action verbs and shortening your verb phrases,

Nouns Into Verbs and Verb Phrases

1 page
Double Nouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, and Verbs
2 Lectures 02:22

In this lesson, you will learn to recognize double nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs and how to eliminate the excess.

Double Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs

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-ly Adverbs and Redundancy
2 Lectures 03:07

In this lesson, you will see how to eliminate words that create clutter in your writing or mean the same thing as the word they are modifying. Please note in the first part of this technique, I am specifically referring to adverbs that end in -ly that create redundancy and not all -ly adverbs or all adverbs. Therefore, to minimize confusion, I simply refer to these words as words ending in -ly.

Redundancy and Redundant Modifiers

1 page
Character Filters, Cliches, and Hooks
2 Lectures 02:28

In this lesson, you will learn how character filters stifle the reader's experience and how to remove those filters. You will learn why cliches should be avoided and how to make great hooks to keep your reader engaged.

Character Filters, Cliches, and Hooks

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About the Instructor
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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.

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