Editing Romance Novels 201 Group Course


And they lived happily ever after.

It may sound cliché, but the happily-ever-after ending in romance novels keeps those books selling, which means authors are still writing romance novels, which means there’s a market for romance novel editors!

Whether you’re editing historical, contemporary, or steampunk romance, there are certain elements that readers (and publishers!) expect to see in a romance novel. In this four-week class, we’ll look at those elements that make a novel a romance, as well as reviewing some fiction-editing basics.

Here’s what you can expect from Editing Romance 201:

  • The Basics of Good Fiction (and how to incorporate them in romance novels)
  • Romantic Characters (from their meeting to their attraction to the minor characters around them)
  • Romantic Plots (learning to pace the romance, make it difficult, then bring the characters together)
  • Common Mistakes (including mislabeling books as romance, cliché situations, and more!)

If you’ve never studied fiction edition, this class includes a good introduction; if you’re already editing fiction, it will be a good refresher! This stand-alone course can help new editors kick-start their careers while helping seasoned editors strengthen their skills so they can expand their services to include a new genre.



Instructor: Karin Beery

Format: This is the Group Course format, which includes an online discussion forum and instructor feedback. This course will be conducted via Google groups.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Base price: $99 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is 4 weeks long; it begins on June 4 and runs until July 2, 2018.

Registration deadline: June 11, 2018

Course Outline: Click to view/download the Course Outline (coming soon).

Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of this course, students will earn a course certificate.


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