This opportunity is designed for editors who offer or would like to offer developmental editing services for fiction—whether for independent authors, publishers, book packagers, or a combination of client types. An experienced mentor will review work you’ve already completed (a full manuscript line edit plus edit/revision letter) and will offer feedback on your work. If you struggle with developing a cohesive revision plan, aren’t sure if your queries are as effective as possible, feel you are spending too much time copyediting and not enough time developing, or would just like to make sure you’re employing best practices, you may benefit from this process. Simply sign up for the class, submit your edited mansucript and letter to the instructor by February 28, 2017, and feedback will be returned to you by March 28, 2017. Limited to the first five enrollees.
Instructor Jennifer Lawler is the author or coauthor of more than 30 books, including a number of novels under various pen names. A former college English teacher—try not to hold that against her—she now works as a freelance writer and book development editor. She has worked as an acquisitions editor for a romance imprint and was once a literary agent. In her spare time, she teaches copyediting for the University of California–San Diego, even though she unfortunately lives nowhere near San Diego. She earned her PhD in medieval English literature from the University of Kansas and a black belt in Taekwondo at approximately the same time. She has not quite decided which has been more useful.