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Freelance Book Editing 101:

How to Make a Living Editing Fiction and Nonfiction Books



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In this 4-module course, you learn:

Freelance book editing is a rewarding, flexible part-time or full-time career. But it can be confusing to know how to break in to the business. We created this course to solve that problem.

We’ve condensed our knowledge from decades as successful freelance book editors, and hundreds of hours of research, into a 5-hour course that covers the territory of freelance book editing.

Thousands of titles appear on real and virtual bookshelves every day: thrillers, fantasy, romance, science fiction, memoirs, nonfiction about health and wellness… you name it. Isn’t it time to learn how to make a living working with them?


It would not be too much to say that Editorial Arts Academy changed my life. When I first embarked on this journey, I had virtually no editorial experience. I was looking for a new career and couldn’t imagine that I could achieve financial stability while working from home and doing something I truly enjoy—reading! Now I have proofread two novels and copyedited another. I cannot recommend this class enough to anyone ready to start on their editing adventure.

Jennifer Taylor

East Calais, Vermont

If freelance book editing intrigues you, do yourself a favor and take Freelance Book Editing 101. I started training with Editorial Arts Academy in 2018. I discovered the kind of editing I excel at and enjoy. I learned exactly what I needed to get to work. Now, in my midfifties, I’m a freelance copyeditor with four novels under my, um, hood. Nancy Marriott and Susannah Noel embody integrity, skill, word nerdiness, professionalism, humor, and kindness. The entire EAA experience and its results have made my brain a happier place to live. Now it’s your turn.

Sheryl Rapee-Adams

Montpelier, Vermont

Here’s what you get in Freelance Book Editing 101…

  • Go at your own pace from anywhere with an Internet connection
  • 15 videos (9 slide presentations with voiceovers, 5 direct-to-camera with Susannah and Nancy, 1 over-the-shoulder editing demonstration)
  • 9 lessons
  • Moderated forum on Slack
  • 6 examples of different kinds of editing
  • An over-the-shoulder editing demonstration of line vs. copyediting
  • Book Editor Profile Quiz – learn what kind of editor(s) you are
  • Ebook: Begin Your Editing Journey: A Guide to the Best Resources for Aspiring Freelance Book Editors
  • Roadmap to Editing Success
  • Course quiz
  • Course Completion Certificate

I really appreciate the amount of preparation and overall effort that went into this “101” class. I’ve taken lots of classes over the years for my work and it’s rare to find instructors so clear, committed, and focused on providing good information in an accessible format.

Rhonda Henry

Seattle, Washington

I enjoyed Freelance Book Editing 101 very much and benefited from it greatly. It gave me a real insight into the business side of freelancing. Susannah and Nancy are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic, offering a tremendous amount of supporting materials and resources. Taking this class was a wise investment in my future career as a freelance copyeditor. It’s worth every penny!

Ben Portway

Burlington, Vermont


When does the course start and finish?

The course is a completely self-paced online course. You decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have until the end of April 2023 to access the materials on the Teachable platform. However, access actually lasts longer than that, because after April 30, we are happy to send you any material you need from the course, as well as links to the videos and demos. Just send us an email: info@editorialartsacademy.com.

Is there a money-back guarantee?

Yes. If you find the content and delivery of the course less than satisfactory, within 30 days of registering with no more than 15% of the class completed, we will refund your class fee.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered through the Teachable platform. It leads you through four modules filled with videos, slide presentations, and supporting materials. You watch the videos on the platform and can either read the editing samples, ebook, and roadmap on the platform or download them to your computer (as well as the transcripts). You go at your own pace.

What kind of equipment will I need to participate?

You’ll need a computer, tablet, or smartphone and an Internet connection. You might want to print out some of the materials, so access to a printer is also helpful.

Are transcripts available?

Yes, you have the option to download transcripts, with slides, of the recorded lectures.

Who are the instructors?

Susannah Noel, MA, and Nancy Marriott, MA, are the class instructors. Both are working freelance book editors who’ve been in the field for close to 25 years, and can each claim contributions to bestselling books, fiction and nonfiction. Read more about Susannah and Nancy.

Is there a class forum?

Yes, as part of their enrollment, students are given membership to a forum on Slack. This forum provides a space to bring your questions for instructors and have interactions with other students. Each student has access to the forum for six months from the date of enrollment.

Will there be homework/exercises?

No. This is not a skills-training class, and we don’t teach you how to edit. However, you’ll take a final quiz to help you see what you’ve learned.

Will the class teach me how to edit?

No. The class does not teach editing skills. It’s an informational course that explains the field of freelance editing of trade books (popular fiction and nonfiction books for a general audience). After taking the class, you will understand where you fit in and whether you want to pursue a career or expand your current editing work. The class also provides resources to help you take the next steps toward establishing a freelance business.

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

No, getting editing jobs requires more skills training than we offer in this class. However, if you have that technical training already, this class will put you in a better position to succeed in your career.

Will there be follow-up training after this introductory class?

Yes, Editorial Arts Academy offers skills-training classes for beginners; see our Classes and Events page for current information.

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

If you have experience as an editor but you want to expand into editing trade books (popular fiction and nonfiction books for a general audience), this class will give you the information you need to do so.

What does the class cost?

The class costs $249. This covers four learning modules, our ebook Begin Your Editing Journey, examples and resources, and a student forum. 

How long does it take to complete the course?

Depending on how much time you want to review (and re-review!) the material, you can expect to complete the course in 5-10 hours.

Is my personal information and credit card information safe?

Absolutely. Please review the privacy policy on the Teachable platform.

How can I sign up?

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Your Instructors

Since the mid-1990s, Susannah Noel and Nancy Marriott have enjoyed successful careers editing fiction, nonfiction, genre titles, self-help, and everything in between. Susannah specializes in line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for fiction, and Nancy’s expertise is in book coaching, developmental editing, and line editing for nonfiction. Both have worked with major New York publishers, small presses, and self-published authors, and Nancy has taught editing courses through the Editorial Freelancers Association.

If you’ve already registered and want to access the course, click here:

Access to the course is available through April 30, 2023.

If you have any questions at all, email us at info@editorialartsacademy.com.