Current Classes & Events


Developmental Editing for Nonfiction Popular Books

A semi-synchronous, instructor-led online course for new and working editors who seek training in the skills of developmental editing of nonfiction books. Genres covered include self-help, health and wellness, personal growth, teaching memoirs, and prescriptive nonfiction. The next session runs from September 18 to October 20, 2023. Instructor: Nancy Marriott

Developmental Editing for Fiction

Have you always wished you could help an author write a better story? Are you eager to learn how to leave effective comments in a manuscript, how to create a book map, and how to write a stellar editorial letter? Do you wish you could practice on a “live” manuscript? If so, this class is for you. The next session runs September 12 to October 17, 2023. Instructor: Pat Dobie

Copyediting Group Mentorship: History Nonfiction

This small-group mentorship is designed for copyeditors in other fields, or new copyeditors who have had some training but want to practice. We provide the book manuscript; you copyedit it and meet weekly with your mentor and a small group to discuss. Get graded feedback on the final chapters. Instructor: Susannah Noel


Marketing Your Freelance Book Editing Business

Do you know you need to better at marketing, but don’t know where to start? This class will help! Students learn which marketing strategies have worked for other editors and how to use them yourself. A 22-page survey report and 8 downloadable workbooks – including a marketing plan template – are part of the course.  On demand and self-paced. Instructors: Pat Dobie and Susannah Noel


Running Your Editorial Business Like a Pro

As business owners, we have a lot to manage at once. This class helps you take control! Get organized and on top of your administrative side so you don’t drop any balls. Streamline your business tasks and free up your time for editing. On demand and self-paced. Instructor: Katie Chambers


Free Webinar: Developmental and Line Editing for Nonfiction 

This webinar was hosted by Nancy Marriott, a veteran book editor of wellness, how-to, spirituality, memoir, and business books. Recorded June 8, 2022.

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Past Classes & Events

Presentation: Inside the Big Five: Tales from a Trade Book Production Editor 
August 18, 2023
Editorial Freelancers Association Conference, Alexandria, Virginia


Marketing Your Freelance Book Editing Business (self-paced)

Since 2023


Running Your Editorial Business Like a Pro (self-paced)

Since 2023


Copyediting Group Mentorships

6 sessions, 2022-2023

Developmental Editing for Fiction 
11 sessions from October 2020 to October 2023

Developmental Editing for Nonfiction Popular Books
3 sessions from March 2023 to October 2023


Freelance Book Editing 101: How to Make a Living Editing Fiction and Nonfiction Books



Free Webinar: Developmental and Line Editing for Nonfiction

Held June 2022

Marketing Your Freelance Book Editing Business (live version)
2 sessions in 2022

Copyediting Fiction and Nonfiction Books: Principles & Mechanics 
7 sessions from September 2020 to December 2022

Presentation: Line Editing, Copyediting, or Proofreading? Defining the Book Editor’s Roles
September 22, 2022
ACES: The Society for Editing Virtual Conference – ACES Accelerate

Developmental and Line Editing of Popular Nonfiction Books 
September – November 2020

Online Mentoring Group for Copyediting and Proofreading
September 2018 – April 2019

In-person Class Series on Copyediting & Proofreading
2 sessions, 2018, 2019
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Montpelier, VT

In-person Class Series on Developmental & Line Editing
January 23 – February 20, 2019
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Montpelier, VT

Sponsor, Burlington Book Festival 2018
October 12–14, 2018
Burlington, VT

Special Session: Beyond Copyediting: Expanding Your Business to Include Developmental and Line Editing
September 23, 2018
Communication Central’s 13th Annual “Be a Better Freelancer” Conference
Rochester, NY

One-day Workshop: Getting Started as Freelance Book Editor
2 sessions, 2018
Hampton Inn, Colchester, VT