Starting (and Growing) Your Developmental Editing Business (self-paced online course, register by August 5)


50 seats available



This four-lesson self-paced class helps new editors start and grow their editing business.  While the focus of the class is on building a developmental editing business, most of the information can be used to build a copyediting business as well.

“Self-paced” means that students read the lessons and do the exercises at their own pace. There is no instructor feedback although models are provided in the lessons. You will have six months to access the course materials, which can be downloaded for your future reference.

Each lesson includes information on topics such as:

  • finding your purpose
  • identifying your potential clients
  • conducting a personal skills inventory
  • gaining more experience
  • setting fees
  • using letters of introduction
  • managing clients
  • avoiding scope creep
  • creating project quotes
  • assessing manuscripts
  • understanding marketing basics

At the conclusion of the class, you will have written a letter of introduction to be used with prospective clients, a project quote template you can use to make bids, and a basic marketing plan you can use to guide your next steps.

The course also includes an “Additional Information” document, meant to supplement the material in the lessons. It is designed to help answer nitty-gritty questions associated with starting a freelance editing business, such as types of business structures you can use and logistical considerations.

Course designer Jennifer Lawler, a former acquisitions editor, has worked in book development for nearly twenty years with both individual and corporate clients, mostly as a freelancer.

Registrations will be taken until August 5, 2019, at which time the class will be closed to new enrollment.

A Note About the EFA's Self-Paced Online Courses

Our online courses are conducted through Sakai, a learning management system (LMS). Self-paced courses are undertaken by the student at their own pace and no instructor feedback is provided. Students will have six months to access the course site and may download the course materials for later review. Information on how to access the course will be provided one to two business days after registration. All participants in EFA courses must abide by our anti-harassment policy, which you can find here.