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Nov, 2022: Editing Magic: Work With a Professional Editor

$110.00

Before you approach an agent, or a publisher, and definitely before you self-publish, you need an editor. A good one. And before you approach an editor, you need to make your manuscript as clear, consistent, and clean as you possibly can.

Editing Magic walks you through the process of getting your manuscript as polished as possible before approaching an editor—because they are busy, too, and will not usually take on a project that needs too much work. The course is also a professional sample edit with a lot of feedback. Lessons discuss how to find an editor, how to interact with one, and how to take the plunge of hiring one.

Description

November 1st - 30th

The publishing industry has never been so competitive. Legitimate editors, agents, and publishers don’t have the time—or the patience—to read a manuscript that is full of typos, poorly written, or simply not compelling.

You think it’s as perfect as you can make it--you’ve certainly worked on it enough. But here’s the thing: you’ve written and rewritten your book a hundred times already, and you can’t see its flaws anymore. Your brain automatically compensates for them. What’s in your head isn’t always on the page, so you need a fresh pair of eyes.

Before you approach an agent, or a publisher, and definitely before you self-publish, you need an editor. A good one. And before you approach an editor, you need to make your manuscript as clear, consistent, and clean as you possibly can.

This course walks you through the process of getting your manuscript as polished as possible before approaching an editor—because they are busy, too, and will not usually take on a project that needs too much work.

The course is also a professional sample edit with a lot of feedback. Lessons discuss how to find an editor, how to interact with one, and how to take the plunge of hiring one.

Best of all, we move from theory to practice. We dive in and do it for real. Your work. My feedback. There’s no teacher as effective as actual experience. You don’t learn to swim by reading swimming theory—you learn to swim by diving into the water and doing it. And there are no sharks allowed here. I do not bite.

Find out what a pro has to say about your work. What are you waiting for? Jump in; the water’s fine!

What You’ll Learn:

  • How powerfully punctuation impacts meaning (omg, commas!)
  • What you thought was on the page vs. what is actually on the page
  • The crucial importance of clarity
  • The power of intuition and how to listen to it

Who Should Take This Course:

Writers who think they are ready to take the next step and want feedback on their work

Lesson Plan

Each of the four weeks, we will edit approximately 1,000 (one thousand) words from the project you have chosen. This is the heart of this class—getting real feedback on your work from a professional editor. You will receive feedback from me as well as your classmates, make changes, and get feedback on your revision. In other words, we will work together exactly as if you were one of my clients, except that your classmates have the opportunity to learn from your edit as well as their own—and you from theirs.

Week One:

How—and why—to get your manuscript ready for a professional edit

(Hint: It’s sort of like cleaning up before the maid comes)

Week Two:

How to receive and respond to a professional edit like a professional writer

(Hint: It’s a character builder)

Week Three:

How to choose an editor

(Hint: It’s a little like dating—there should be signs that you’re compatible before you agree to spend several months together working on your heart’s desire)

Week Four:

How to know you’re ready to take the leap, what to do then, and wisdom for the journey

(Hint: This is where you put on the Big Girl or Big Boy pants, show us what you’ve learned, and step onto the path to go where it leads you)

Teacher

Lori Brown

Lori Brown has made her living as a professional editor since 2001.

Lori has good literary instincts and an excellent ear, a solid grounding in grammar and punctuation, a strong sense of syntax, and a deep feeling for the rhythm of writing. She's one of those hopeless nerds who likes reading the dictionary. She is a passionate believer in the serial comma. She knows the rules and when she doesn’t, she looks them up. Sometimes she uses sentence fragments or begins sentences with And–or both. She has even been known to end a sentence with a preposition because sometimes, a preposition is the best thing to end a sentence with. But the most important thing for clients to understand is her bone-deep conviction that your book is your creation, not hers. She is absolutely adamant about preserving the author’s voice and intent.

Writing is important. Lori believes that good writing can change a life—or change the world. She also believes that every writer needs a good editor—even great writers. Even editors need editors. Because good editing makes good writing better. One red-penciled word at a time.

What people say about working with Lori:

"… getting a misspelled word past her is like trying to throw a pork chop past a wolf." — Dale Cramer, Author

"Lori is like a warm, snuggly blanket of safety on a cold winter’s night." — Lisa Norman, Heart Ally Books

"… her command of her profession, attention to detail, and admirable work ethic combine to create the best kind of collaborator. " — Elizabeth Perry Spalding, 21 Skye Design

"…a godsend in building my new business, giving me confidence in a no-nonsense, reliable, and honest copyediting resource for my book projects." — John H. Clark IV, Old Stone Press

"…best of all, she’s lots of FUN!"— Nancy Heinonen, Crescent Hill Books

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Teacher

Lori Brown

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