Developmental and Line Editing for Popular Nonfiction Books
A skills-training class
When? 6 Tuesday sessions, September 29 to November 3, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern
Where? Remotely by Zoom
How much? USD $275
Designed for new and working editors who want training in the skills of developmental and line editing of popular nonfiction books (self-help, health and wellness, personal growth, memoirs, etc.). Experience is not required.
Starts: September 29, 2020
This 6-week class will be held by Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm Eastern from September 29 through November 3, 2020.
The five lessons in this class, along with the Office Hours in Week 4, cover what you need to know to succeed as a developmental and line editor of popular nonfiction books.
6 sessions of 2 hours each by Zoom, with exercises and homework (ungraded) to complete on your own (instructor feedback provided during Office Hours).
Is This a Class for You?
- Do you stop reading a book because it’s so poorly organized, you feel like your head is spinning too fast to continue?
- Do you read a line and say to yourself: I could have said that so much better!
- Do you love the process of creative writing and want to use your ability to improve books for authors who will pay you well to do so?
If so, you could be putting your natural aptitude to work for you as a freelance developmental and line editor. Find out in this class!
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This class is a skills training in the art and business of developmental and line editing for nonfiction popular books (not technical, medical, or academic books). If freelancing and/or working in the publishing industry is something you’re interested in or are already doing, this class is for you! You’ll have a chance to edit actual nonfiction manuscripts with direction from an expert in the field. Weekly (ungraded) assignments will help you sharpen your skills in bringing clarity, conciseness, and creative expression to a book’s content and language. Class will wrap up with how to start and build your business in freelance book editing, a growing field with increasing opportunities.
Week 1: The Territory
Week 2: The How-to of Developmental Editing
Week 3: The How-to of Line Editing
Week 4: Office Hours with Instructor
Week 5: Best Practices for Creating Positive Relationships with Authors
Week 6: Running Your Successful Developmental and Line Editing Business
Your Instructor – Nancy Marriott
Nancy Marriott, MA, has been a freelance book editor, co-author, and coach for nonfiction and fiction popular books for twenty-five years. She has worked on best sellers such as Molecules of Emotion by Dr. Candace Pert, Own Your Self by Dr. Kelly Brogan, and Discover Your Purpose by Rhys Thomas. Her specialty is transformative nonfiction, including health and wellness, personal growth and spirituality, inspirational/self-help, and mind/body/spirit, as well as memoirs and women’s issues. A former college writing instructor and University of CA medical editor, Nancy has assisted authors to take a traditional publishing route as well as those choosing to self-publish. Read more at NancyMarriott.com.
Who should take this course?
The class is designed for new and working editors who want training in the skills of developmental and line editing of popular nonfiction books (self-help, health and wellness, personal growth, memoirs, etc.).
What is the course content like?
In five of the six class meetings, the content will be delivered through live voice lectures accompanied by slide decks. There’ll be a chance to interact with instructor and students about the course content during class. During Office Hours, which rounds out the six weeks, students can ask Nancy questions and get feedback on their editing assignments.
The curriculum is as follows:
- Week 1 – The Territory
- Week 2 – The How-to of Developmental Editing
- Week 3 – The How-to of Line Editing
- Week 4 – Office Hours with Instructor
- Week 5 – Best Practices for Creating Positive Relationships with Authors
- Week 6 – Running Your Successful Developmental and Line Editing Business
How is the course delivered?
This is a virtual, remote-only, live class delivered through Zoom, a video-conferencing platform (similar to Skype). Shortly before the class begins, we will email you the link to enter the classroom at the designated time. If you’re in a time zone that would make the class hard to attend, you can watch the playbacks and ask your questions by email.
What equipment and software will I need to participate?
You’ll need a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a webcam, speakers, and a microphone (all either built-in or external). You’ll also need a reliable Internet connection.
What are the dates and times of the classes?
There will be five classroom sessions of two hours each. The dates are: September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20, October 27, and November 3.
Classes will be held from 6:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern time.
If you miss a class, you can watch the playback, which we’ll post (as an unlisted video) on YouTube. You can also ask questions by email, and we’ll answer them in the next class.
Will the classes be recorded for viewing at a different time?
Yes, we’ll load the class playbacks into our YouTube channel (they’ll be unlisted so only students will see them).
Will the lectures be transcribed for reading at a different time?
Yes, each participant will receive a transcript of the lectures and slides from each of the five lectures.
Who is the teacher?
Nancy Marriott, MA, will be your instructor. Nancy is a working professional freelance book editor who’s been at it for close to 25 years, and can claim contributions to numerous bestselling books, fiction and nonfiction. You can read more about her here.
Will there be a chance to interact with students and teachers?
Yes, you can ask questions during class and come to the Office Hours during Week 4.
Will there be homework/exercises?
Yes, this is a skills-training class in which you will be taught how to edit. Weekly assignments will help you accomplish that goal.
Can I expect to get jobs editing books as a result of this class?
Yes, getting editing jobs requires the technical training that is offered in this class.
If I have experience as an editor, is this the right course for me?
Yes. Both experienced and new editors will learn valuable skills and receive support by taking this class. Experienced editors will particularly benefit if they have worked in other types of editing and are relatively new to developmental and line editing of nonfiction.
What is the cost of the class?
Registration is $275 and includes the lecture content and supporting materials and resources.
Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes. If for any reason you find the content and delivery of Developmental and Line Editing for Popular Nonfiction Books less than satisfactory, we will refund your class fee.
How can I sign up?
Easy! Just scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the form.
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