Editing Romance Novels Digital Curriculum


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 Novels 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.



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Instructor: Karin Beery

Format: This is the Digital Curriculum format. The curriculum will be accessible in your account within 24 hours. Digital Curriculum is nonrefundable.

Prerequisites: None

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Base price: $60 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is four lessons long.

Course Outline: Click to download.

Certificates of Completion are not available for Digital Curriculum.


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