Editing Romance Novels 201 GROUP COURSE

(2 customer reviews)



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 editing, 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 board and instructor feedback. The course will be conducted via Google Groups.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Base price: $119 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is four lessons; it runs from June 8 to July 13, 2020.

Registration deadline: June 15, 2020

Course Outline: Click to download

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

(Note: Refunds will not be given for this Group Course after June 5, 2020.)

2 reviews for Editing Romance Novels 201 GROUP COURSE

  1. Jami B.

    I valued having the lesson material developed by an active editor in the field. Some of the information in the lessons included material that I had already garnered through online research, but there were elements that I hadn’t learned a lot about, such as specifics on story structure and asking the author for a character background prior to reading–great advice! I liked getting feedback on my assignments. I like to know if I’m on target, and if there are areas where I can improve.

  2. Anonymous

    This is a very informative class. One of the main things I’ve enjoyed in courses when offered was a chance to actually do editing and get the instructor’s feedback on the edits themselves. I find that the most helpful.

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