Learn more about our class “Freelance Book Editing 101: Could This Be the Job for You?”

What is the course content like?
Modules 1 and 2 will be lectures with slides and time for questions and discussion. After Module 2, we’ll send out exercises so you can try your hand at different types of editing.

For week 3, instead of a formal class, we’ll have office hours to give people a chance to ask questions about the exercises, Track Changes, or anything else. We’ll also demonstrate different types of editing.

In week 4 (Module 3), we’ll go over your work and show you how we tackled the exercises.

In the final week (Module 4), we’ll talk about setting up and running a business: money, lifestyle, marketing, and more.

How is the course delivered?
This is a virtual, remote-only class through Zoom, a video-conferencing platform (similar to Skype). Shortly before the class begins, we will email you the link for you 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, and you’ll need to be able to install and configure a small bit of software from Zoom (it’s easy – we’ve never known a student to have trouble with it).

To complete the exercises, you can either print out a hard copy (so you’ll need a printer) and make your changes by hand, or you can open them in Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader.

What are the dates and times of the classes?

Over a period of 5 weeks, there will be 4 classroom sessions of 2 hours each, with office hours held during week 3. The actual dates are: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 20, and Feb. 27.

Classes will be held from 2:00pm to 4:00pm Eastern time.

(We are also running a section of the class on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00pm, but that class is closed to new sign-ups.)

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 hidden so only students can see them).


Who are the teachers?

Susannah Noel, MA, and Nancy Marriott, MA, will be the instructors. Both are professional freelance book editors with 25 years of experience each, and both claim contributions to bestselling fiction and nonfiction books. You can read more about them here.

If I have experience as an editor, is this the right course for me?
We designed the course with beginners in mind – people who have always wanted to know how they can work part-time or full-time editing trade books (that is, popular fiction and nonfiction titles).

However, if you’re already a different type of editor, the course could also be useful. For example, perhaps you edit corporate materials, textbooks, government documents, or scientific/medical journals, but you don’t know much about the editorial process for trade books and which type of editing would suit you. This class will benefit you, as well.

Will there be homework/exercises?

Yes, we will send editing exercises at the end of the second week. You can either print them out and make your notes and edits on the hard copy (so you’d need a printer) or open them in Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader to make your edits. (Our third-week class will be office hours, at which point we can assist with both Word and Adobe Reader if people have questions.)

The exercises are optional, but we recommend completing at least one of them to get the full value from the course. If you completed all of them, we estimate it would take you between 3 and 8 hours. You’ll have two weeks to complete them.

What are the class's learning objectives, and how will they be measured?

Upon successful completion of this five-week course, students will be able to make an informed decision as to whether a full- or part-time career in freelance book editing is suitable for them.

We will offer an optional test at the end of the class to assess students’ understanding of the material.

Has the class been peer reviewed?

Yes, the class has been reviewed by a Curriculum Advisory Board of experienced editing and education professionals.  

Can I expect to get jobs editing books as a result of this class?
No, this is an introduction to the field, not a skills-training class. You will, however, be better able to choose a path for further training in your chosen editorial roles after taking this class. 
Will students earn a certificate or credentials after successfully completing the course?
No. The course will not teach skills, so we don’t offer any certificate or editing credential. The content is focused instead on educating students about the field of freelance book editing and helping them decide whether to pursue skills training and in what area.
Will there be follow-up training after this introductory class?
Yes, Editorial Arts Academy will have both self-paced and instructor-led, mentoring groups in skills such as developmental and line editing, copyediting, proofreading, and how to run your editing business. The first of these will be offered in 2020, with additional classes rolled out over time.


Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes. If you complete the course in good faith and (1) you do not think the course provided enough information to demonstrate an understanding of the basics of freelance book editing for trade books, and/or (2) you do not think the course provided enough information for you to be able to make an informed decision as to whether a full- or part-time career in freelance book editing work is suitable for you, we’ll refund your money.

How can I sign up?

Easy! Just visit our registration page

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