Copyediting Group Mentorship: Fantasy /

Magical Realism


June 25, 6:30-8:30pm ET

July 2, 6:30-8:30pm ET

July 16, 6:30-8:30pm ET

July 30, 6:30-8:30pm ET


$449 USD


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Level: Intermediate

Designed for freelance book copyeditors who want to hone their skills and get personalized feedback on their editing from an industry professional.

4 Tuesdays, June 25 to July 30, 2024, 6:30-8:30 Eastern

We’ll meet by Zoom four Tuesdays: June 25, July 2, July 16, July 30.

Price: $449

You get a 38,000-word manuscript, 8 hours of small-group discussion and Q&A with your mentor (recorded for later watching), a forum where you can drop your editing questions 24/7, and graded feedback on your editing using EAA’s Copyediting Evaluation Rubric.

During my time in the MFA program, I had professors who didn’t have the care and attentiveness you offer, so I try to always make sure to be encouraging when I have a good instructor. It’s so clear that you love teaching and want your students to succeed, and it’s just awesome to see! I always felt discouraged about making money from my passion for creative writing, but your courses make it feel viable again, and I’m incredibly thankful for that.

Kathryn Wilson

Baltimore, Maryland

Susannah, thank you so much for creating EAA, holding my hand all along the way, and letting go of it with such kindness and support.

Linda Wheatley

East Montpelier, Vermont

Practice Your Copyediting Skills with a Group Mentorship

Have you ever wished you had an experienced editor who could look over your copyediting and tell you if you’re on the right track?

Do you like the sound of a small group of other copyeditors who care about semicolons as much as you do?

Do you want to gain experience with book-length manuscripts before hanging out your shingle as a freelance book copyeditor?

We designed this copyediting mentorship to give you a chance to work slowly through a manuscript, ask all your questions, learn about the details you’d only know when working on a real book, and get graded feedback from a highly experienced industry professional.

I cannot thank you enough for all of your support and wise tutoring – you are an excellent teacher, so caring and relatable, and I am so happy to have found you!

Kelley Davis

Seattle, Washington

The EAA Copyediting Group Mentorship (Historical Fiction) gave me invaluable insight into what it’s like to edit a full manuscript. It also helped me see the differences between editing levels, whereas I struggled to delineate them before. I loved Susannah’s enthusiasm whenever a student had good news about their journey or caught something in the manuscript that she didn’t notice. And the free resources are a godsend! Above all, I was thankful to meet other editors and finally feel like I belong. Thank you, Susannah!

Angela Zachary

Baltimore, Maryland

 The copyediting mentorship class was a great way to work on my editing skills by using a whole manuscript. After comparing Susannah’s edits to my own and reviewing her feedback on the final assignment, I know my skills will improve. She’s been my instructor for several classes and always does a great job.

Roger Gilmartin

Charlotte, North Carolina

Class Information

Here’s what you get in the Copyediting Group Mentorship: Fantasy/Magical Realism…

  • Students will complete a copyedit of a 38,000-word fantasy/magical realism title and create a style sheet.
  • We’ll have four  meetings by Zoom for two hours to go over the editing and answer any and all questions.
  • Meetings will be recorded so you can watch the playback if you miss a class.
  • Every week, the instructor will send professional copyedits on that week’s portion of the edit so students can compare their work to the professional’s.
  • There will be a forum – with forever access – where we can share our editing process, questions about the manuscript, pictures of cats, etc.
  • Students will have forever access to copyediting class libraries loaded with resources, templates, and checklists.
  • We’ll meet in small groups of no more than 6 students, so we have plenty of time for discussion.
  • You’ll get graded feedback on your editing that reveals exactly which areas you need to work on further. We use Editorial Arts Academy’s Copyediting Evaluation Rubric, which breaks down your editing into nineteen distinct categories.

The Copyediting Group Mentorship for Historical Fiction was such a great class. Susannah is a personable and warm mentor. She provides precise yet gentle feedback that helps editors grow immensely. Highly recommend!

Courtney Elledge

Chantilly, Virginia

This class was the best for an insecure beginning editor. Susannah was incredibly generous in sharing her knowledge and experience. 

South Carolina

Course Instructor

Susannah Noel

Susannah Noel is a copyeditor and proofreader of trade books with thirty years of experience. She copyedits and proofreads for Macmillan, Penguin Random House, and indie authors. Recent titles include Playing with Myself, by Randy Rainbow, Olga Dies Dreaming, by Xochitl Gonzalez, and The Matchmaker’s Gift, by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Susannah is also an in-house production editor at St. Martin’s Publishing Group, a division of Macmillan Publishers. In addition to her editing work, Susannah is the cofounder and president of Editorial Arts Academy.

The Countdown Begins!









When does the course start and finish?

The course runs four Tuesdays in June and July, from 6:30 to 8:30pm Eastern: June 25, July 2, July 16, and July 30. 

If I can’t attend one or more of the sessions, will you give me access to the replay?

Yes! After the live sessions we’ll post a link to the recording and can watch it as many times as you like. You’ll have lifetime access.

How is the course delivered?

We meet by Zoom, an online video platform.

How much time will I have to edit the manuscript?

We send the manuscript as a Word file ahead of the course to give students extra time to complete the editing. Each week we’ll discuss about a quarter of the manuscript.

What kind of equipment and software will I need to participate?

You’ll need a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an Internet connection. You’ll need to own Microsoft Word (or a subscription) that you use on your computer, and either be comfortable using Track Changes or willing to learn.

Who’s leading the course?

Susannah Noel, MA, is leading the course. Susannah is a freelance copyeditor and proofreader with decades of experience working for Big Five publishers and indie authors. She is currently an in-house production editor at Macmillan. She is also the cofounder and president of Editorial Arts Academy. Read more about Susannah on her editing website for Noel Editorial.

Will there be homework/exercises?

Yes. The homework will consist only of editing the manuscript we provide.

Will the course teach me how to edit?

The course will help you hone your copyediting skills. If you aren’t already a copyeditor or you haven’t taken any copyediting courses, we strongly suggest you receive initial training before signing up for the mentorship.

Is there a prerequisite for the course?

The Copyediting Group Mentorship is designed for graduates of Copyediting Fiction and Nonfiction Books: Principles & Mechanics, a course offered by Editorial Arts Academy. If you have taken a different copyediting course – for example, through the Editorial Freelancers Association – that’s fine, too.

If you’re not sure whether you’re ready for the mentorship, email susannah@editorialartsacademy.com and request a qualifying test.

Can I expect to get editing jobs as a result of taking this course?

Probably. However, since we don’t know your background or skill set, we can’t guarantee that taking this course will automatically lead to getting editing jobs. However, if you know how to edit, implementing the strategies and tactics this course teaches will put you in a better position to succeed in your editing career.

If I have experience as an editor, is this course right for me?

If you have experience as an editor but want to dive in to the finer points of copyediting, this course will give you the information you need to do so. Through the class discussion, forum, and graded feedback using our Copyediting Evaluation Rubric you’ll have a much better sense at the end of the course whether you’re ready to take on editing projects with indie authors or publishers.

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Copyediting Group Mentorship: Fantasy / Magical Realism 2024

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