Substantive Editing for Fiction Advanced Digital Curriculum


By now you know (and are mastering!) the basics of fiction so you can help authors polish their manuscripts, but how do you apply that knowledge and actually provide substantive fiction edits for others?

It would be wonderful if all authors and editors wanted and expected the same things, but that rarely happens. That’s why it’s important to not only understand what services you want to provide, but also how to get jobs, perform them professionally, and communicate well with your clients. Substantive Editing for Fiction (SEF) 301 is a 6-week course that will help you launch and maintain your substantive fiction editing career. Topics include:

  • What Exactly is a Substantive Fiction Edit (and how it is different from other edits)?
  • Practical Tips for Performing a Substantive Fiction Edit
  • Getting the Job (including finding leads, writing bids, and setting rates)
  • Common Substantive Editing Pitfalls and Fiction-Writing Mistakes
  • Working Well with Challenging Clients
  • The Author/Editor Relationship

Combining your knowledge from SEF Basic and Intermediate with the information in 301 will give you the tools you need to confidently launch your substantive fiction editing business!

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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 i s nonrefundable.

Prerequisite: Substantive Editing for Fiction Basic and Substantive Editing for Fiction Intermediate are recommended but not required.

Level: Intermediate/Advanced

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

Course length: This course is six lessons.

Course Outline: Click to download

Certificates of Completion are not available for Digital Curriculum.


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