Questions and Answers
This course doesn’t look like it will teach how to actually work with clients. Am I right?
Well, in a way. I’ll be creating a course dedicated to working with clients later this year, but this course must come first because it covers everything you need to know before you can even think about offering developmental editing services to writers. In short, if you want to work with clients, you need to learn all this stuff first.
So what will you teach in the second course?
The upcoming course will serve as a natural follow-on from this one. While this course is about teaching you the theory of developmental editing that you absolutely must know in order to work with authors, the next course will show you how to put that theory into action when working with clients.
Will this course be useful if I want to learn developmental editing for non-fiction?
No. This course is exclusively about fiction. There may be a tiny bit of crossover, but for the most part everything you’ll learn will be applicable only to fiction.
Won’t I know this stuff already if I studied literature or creative writing at university?
You may understand what makes a good story – but you won’t necessarily know how to critique a ‘bad’ story or how to make it better. Literature and creative writing courses focus on storytelling from the reader’s and writer’s perspectives. This course teaches it from the editor’s perspective. It’ll give you the knowledge to analyse works in progress from an objective standpoint. And that’s a key skill if you want to be able to offer useful guidance to authors.
Can I do this course if I don’t have any background or education in literature or writing?
Yes. This course will cover the basics you need to know to get started, though you do need that passion for fiction we discussed. You may still need to expand your knowledge in specific areas after completing this course, but it’s a good starting point.
Can I specialise in a certain genre?
Absolutely. In fact, I encourage it. Separating yourself from the hordes of editors out there by promoting yourself as a specialist in a specific genre is a great way to attract clients in your chosen niche. It’s also a good idea because different genres handle different aspects of storytelling in different ways, so if you hone in on a specific one, you’ll be able to do an even better job of it.
Are there any additional expenses?
No. None that are required, anyway, though I will recommend some further reading to help advance your learning.
How much time will this course require?
You should set aside at least three hours per week for it.
Are there any other requirements?
You’ll need to know three books very well – perhaps you have some favourites you’ve read multiple times – because we’ll be using them to conduct analyses for some of the homework assignments.
Okay, I’m ready. Where do I sign up?
Just scroll back up to the ‘Sign Up for the Course’ section!