Editing a Book
The course for writers who are ready to take the first step to a final draft.
You’ve been working relentlessly on your first draft, enjoying the writing process, watching your word count slowly rise and seeing those magic words – THE END – coming into view. Have you completed the first draft of your story? If so, it’s time to congratulate yourself, take a breath and take a break. And then? It’s time to start the self-editing process.
When you learn how to edit your own work, you take the all-important big step from being a writer to becoming a published author. The skills you’ll learn with our self-editing course will make you a better writer for life. What’s more, when your book is edited and ready, we will be delighted to make a plan for submission to our literary agency partners.
The course at a glance
50-lesson editing course
The 50-lesson editing course for fiction and memoir writers, whether you’re self-publishing or aiming to submit to traditional publishing houses.
Work with a professional editor with experience at the major publishing houses to see you through editing a book to publication standard.
Feedback and guidance
Find the best beta readers at our community and benefit from opportunities to meet with publishing company professionals, literary agents and bestselling authors online.
World-leading literary agencies
Take the final step towards representation by a literary agent with the writing school recommended by and partnered with the world’s leading literary agencies.
The Big Edit
The structured process towards literary agency representation.
You’ll work with a professional book editor, formerly an acquiring editor for a major global publishing company. Our editorial team will oversee your progress from a first planning session to management of the literary agency submission process on your behalf. Our success rate at submission is very high but we won’t submit until your book is ready, and the Big Edit course contains all the lessons you need to polish your manuscript towards a final draft.
1. Turning Pro
Our step-by-step process for editing a book begins with raising your standards to those required for submission to traditional publishing houses before you begin work so that you can take pride in your own work as you begin self-editing. An author never sends out any work that falls short of their standards. Your standards are ‘your brand’. Prepare for the publishing process by learning how to format your Microsoft Word document the way a professional editor at a publishing company would wish to receive it.
2. Developmental Edit
A professional edit begins with taking the first step towards a great hook or elevator pitch, looking at the theme of the entire story and how to best serve the story with the structure. You’ll consider the narrative arc, character development, the midpoint and more, working towards a chaptered outline and a (pain-free) synopsis.
Then it’s time to book your first session with our developmental editors. In your recorded session we’ll review the pitch, the main character, secondary characters and the storyline, looking at each plot point in turn, and filling any plot holes so that you can edit your own book with fresh eyes and new enthusiasm.
3. Copy Edit
Our editing checklist will guide how to use the developmental edit to fill the plot holes, reviewing character development, all the way through to line editing, your line by line style. You’ll become your own copy editor, reworking your chapters and drilling down into sentence structure and word choice. You’ll use active voice over passive voice, eliminating crutch words and overwriting, and creating enough tension and momentum to keep your reader engrossed for hundreds of pages. You’ll learn how to apply our unique technique for advanced prose skills and language usage: Lucid Compression ®. In the final stages you’ll be shown how to eliminate grammatical errors, spelling mistakes and punctuation errors line by line. All of these small things contribute towards the reading experience. It may sound weird, but the finer points of punctuation and grammatical rules are more important than you may think! Your paragraph breaks, for example, are a way of signalling to your reader to pause for thought.
Then, it’s time to get feedback on your own writing from beta readers at our online community. With hundreds of serious writer members worldwide, you’ll find the perfect beta reader at The Novelry.
4. The Submission Process
With the substantive editing complete down to the line edits, our professional editors will guide you how to prepare for submission to literary agents, and a career as a published author.
Then it’s time for your second session with a professional book editor to review your pitch letter, synopsis and first three chapters, and make a plan for you to enter the publishing process with world class literary agency representation.
5. The Editorial Team
Your professional publishing editorial team are expert publishing editors from the Big 5 publishing houses who have experience in acquiring and editing bestsellers in every genre of fiction, including children’s fiction, YA fiction and memoir. They will bring you up-to-date advice to ensure you’re on the right track for the current publishing market. Our team will guide the planning of your revision process in a first session and oversee your submissions package to prepare you for literary agency representation.
6. Literary Agents
The Novelry is partnered with leading literary agencies in the USA and the UK, operating worldwide and representing the biggest names in fiction. They look forward to receiving our editing course graduates’ manuscripts through our carefully managed submissions service. A great agent can get you a traditional publishing deal, as well as TV and film rights too.
The Novelry is home to novelists worldwide and you’ll be invited to exciting online events with publishing professionals, literary agents and authors, and be able to join live writing classes and workshops with our writing coaches. As a member, you’ll enjoy the support of our thriving and active worldwide online community, interaction with fellow students and get encouraging and helpful feedback from the team and from the best beta-readers – writers like you.
Sign up to learn to edit your novel with the professionals today.
All courses, coaching and access to our community of other writers are yours for 12 months, after which it’s easy and affordable to extend access should you need it. If you have a novel or memoir in draft but haven’t taken our Ninety Day Novel Course, please consider the Novel Development Plan. If you need fresh eyes on your completed draft of a novel, you might like to consider the Ultimate Manuscript Assessment.
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Reviews of Our Editing Course
“Absolutely recommended. My editor was incredibly thorough and gave constructive criticism in a kind manner. Having the constructive feedback of a professional editor was tremendously helpful. A pitch is so challenging that an editor’s take on it has been instrumental.”
“The Big Edit is chock-full of smart, actionable advice, but my editor took my submission package to the next level. She gave me the perfect premise line, went over my first three chapters with her brilliant editorial eye, and gave masterful advice on how to reorganize my book’s timeline to jack up suspense. She then handpicked the perfect agents and gave me the benefit of her industry wisdom throughout the entire submission process. I couldn't recommend The Novelry more highly.”
“Joining The Novelry is the best thing I have ever done for my writing. The courses are quality, the support both warm and effective. My novel is now in editing before submission to agents and I have learned so much. Highly recommended.”
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