Substantive Editing for Fiction Basic Digital Curriculum


Good novels don’t just happen—they endure several revisions before publishing, and the first round of edits is usually the substantive edit.

What is a substantive fiction edit? Sometimes called a macro edit, it’s the “big picture” edit—before the copyeditor looks at each punctuation mark and notation, the substantive editor looks at the whole book: characters, pacing, plotlines, point of view, setting, etc., as well as keeping an eye on punctuation, grammar, and more.

In Substantive Fiction Editing Basic, we’ll look at the basics of a well-written novel and learn how to help our authors learn and incorporate those techniques. The class includes everything from understanding the Christian fiction market and its genres, learning the elements of an effective substantive edit, and mastering the basics of Christian fiction—showing versus telling, characterization, plot, and formatting.

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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.

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course. (This course is a prerequisite for Substantive Editing for Fiction Intermediate.)

Level: Beginner

Base price: $90 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is six lessons.

Course Outline: Course Outline.

Certificates of Completion are not available for Digital Curriculum.


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