Developmental and Line Editing for Popular Nonfiction Books









5 Tuesday sessions:

September 29, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern

October 6, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern

October 13, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern

October 20, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern

October 27, 2020, 6:30–8:30pm Eastern


Remotely by Zoom

How much?

USD $275

Developmental and Line Editing for Popular Nonfiction Books

A skills-training class

When? 5 Tuesday sessions, September 29 to October 27, 2020, 6:30-8:30pm Eastern

Where? Remotely by Zoom

How much? USD $275

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

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 5-week class will be held by Zoom on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30pm Eastern from September 29 through October 27, 2020.

Price: $275

The five lessons in this class, along with the class forum in Slack, cover what you need to know to succeed as a developmental and line editor of popular nonfiction books.

Remote Meetings

5 sessions of 2 hours each by Zoom, with exercises and homework (ungraded) to complete on your own and a Slack forum.

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!

(Not sure which of the 7 different kinds of editor you are? Take our free quiz.)

Class Information

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: Overview: What You Need to Know to Succeed

Week 2: Beginning the Project: Author Questionnaire, Ms. Evaluation, Quotes & Scheduling

Week 3: Developing the Manuscript: Crafting the Editorial Letter and Adding In-text Commentary

Week 4: Line Editing: Your Role and Best Practices

Week 5: What It Takes to Run a Successful Freelance Book 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.

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Developmental and Line Editing Popular Nonfiction Books (Zoom)

  • Price: $275.00
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