The Big Edit 

Complete your novel to professional publishing standards.



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 The Second Novel Course 

Write your best novel yet with the advanced formula for a pitch-perfect novel.


The Editing Course For Authors

The course for writers who are ready to revise their draft for submission for publishing. 

You’ve been working relentlessly on your first draft, watching your word count slowly rising 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 edit.


The Big Edit

Over 50 lessons to edit your book.

The editing course for story development for fiction writers in all genres. Complete a structural edit and qualify for fast track submission to Literary Agents. From story structure to the page, from elevator pitch to a streamlined synopsis, this course will help you bring your unique voice to life while avoiding overwriting and the cardinal sins. You'll format and prepare your manuscript to a professional standard with the help of former publishing editors from The Big Five.

The Big Edit at a glance

Prepare a pitch-perfect submission with this course created by a Booker Prize-listed author and publishing professionals.

With one-to-one guidance from professional publishing editors formerly of Penguin Random House and other major publishers.

Join the world's favourite writing group for novelists with author and literary agent guest events and an online workshop for feedback.

Career-building guidance from The Novelry, the writing school recommended by and partnered with the world's leading literary agencies.

Develop Your Novel With a Step-By-Step Structural Edit. 

There are four phases to our professional editing course for authors, with over fifty lessons to guide you. 

The Big Edit process is overseen by our in-house editorial team. Your Big Edit First Session is a one-to-one planning session which will focus specifically on your story structure, flagging the parts that stand out and those that might need development before you begin to revise so that you can cut and rewrite with clarity and confidence using the course lessons in the second and third phases. The Second Big Edit Session will examine your submissions package. We'll meet with you to report back on the first three chapters, synopsis and pitch letter, offering useful and detailed feedback designed to ensure that your opening chapters really stand out.

When your manuscript is signed off by the editorial team, we will be delighted to submit on your behalf to our partner literary agencies. We’ve had huge success in this area to date, securing internationally renowned agents for writers who’ve graduated from The Novelry. But there’s no pressure; you’re welcome to submit independently, and we appreciate that not all writers are hoping to be published. (But if you are, we can definitely help!)



Your Editors.

You'll enjoy dedicated individual attention to your story in live working sessions with our professional publishing editorial team. Experienced in working on bestsellers in every genre of fiction, including children's fiction and YA, fiction and memoir they will bring you up-to-date advice and pointers to ensure you're on the right track for the current publishing market.



Your Author Community.

The Novelry is home to novelists worldwide and you'll be invited to exciting online events with famous authors and be able to join live writing classes and workshops with our bestselling author tutors. You'll get encouraging and helpful feedback from the best beta-readers at our workshop – writers like you. 


Linked To Literary Agents.

If you don't yet have an agent, we can help. The Novelry is the creative writing course partnered with leading literary agencies in the USA, the UK operating worldwide representing the biggest names in fiction. They look forward to receiving The Novelry's Big Edit course graduates' manuscripts through our carefully managed submissions service. 

You’re just a few steps away from your pitch-perfect submission!

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If you have a novel or memoir in draft but haven't taken our Ninety Day Novel Course, please take the Novel Development plan. Our Novel Course graduates are far more likely to succeed. Invest wisely.

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“Simply the most invaluable course for any serious writer, aspiring or professional. It is often difficult to edit your own work - one is so close to the material that objective decisions about which little darlings to murder are hard. The Novelry’s Big Edit helps with that and takes you on a logical and concise, step by step road to separate the wheat from the chaff. Some incredible advice from their editorial team has changed the novel without any major structural rewrite, creating added tension and narrative drama. The editorial team that award-winning novelist Louise Dean has assembled to help us is second to none. Each editor is at the top of their game and has a distinguished career in the industry. You know you are in the best possible hands.”

-Graham Roos, writer and film maker.

I now have a clear sense of the road ahead. It’s plain that my editor is not only an expert in her field, but she’s heartfelt and authentic, and she truly understood my manuscript. The written report is accessible, in-depth and instructive. It’s clarified the intangible, and I know now what will make the novel more robust moving forward. Such insightful and powerful feedback. The entire experience has been energising. I feel hopeful and laser-focussed.

-Brooke Hardwick.

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.”

-Verity McLellan.

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