Questions and Answers
Do I have to attend the course in person?
Nope. This is an online course. I’ll email you the modules weekly, and you’ll email me your assignments for feedback.
Will this course be useful if I want to learn developmental editing for non-fiction?
No. This course relates exclusively to fiction. There’s some crossover in the skills involved, but the focus of this course is on how to develop a novel.
Does this course teach any fiction theory?
No. This course assumes you already have a solid understanding of what goes into a well-written novel, and that you know how to analyse a piece of writing. If you’re looking for a course that teaches this, try Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory.
Okay, so do I have to do ‘Developmental Editing: Fiction Theory’ before I take this course?
Not as long as you feel confident in your knowledge of writing craft theory. Perhaps you’ve got a degree in English Literature, or perhaps you’re an established writer, or perhaps you’ve just read a lot of books on literary analysis and writing craft.
Can I be a developmental editor who specialises in a certain genre?
Absolutely. In fact, I encourage it. Different genres handle different aspects of storytelling in different ways, so if you specialise, you’ll be able to offer more useful feedback.
Are there any additional expenses?
No, 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.
Do I have to be from the UK to benefit from this course?
Not at all. Americans, Canadians, Australians, Europeans, Wakandans … everyone is welcome. Editing is a global community, and I won’t be addressing any UK-specific publishing conventions.
Hey, didn’t there used to be a private Facebook Group associated with this course?
Indeed there did! However, I decided that the Facebook Group wasn’t providing much additional value so have closed it down. I’ll recommend a couple of online editorial communities you can join, though, within the course.
Do you offer refunds?
No, so please purchase mindfully. I like to think I’ve included enough detail for you to make an informed decision about whether this course is right for you, but if you’re still hesitant about buying, feel free to email me first.
Damn, I missed out on a spot! / I don’t have time to join this time around. Will you run this course again?
Yes, this course runs twice a year. The next time I plan to run the course will be November 2019. I recommend you sign up to the notifications email list so I can remind you when registration opens. The last three times the course has run, places have sold out within a couple of hours (sometimes much less) so I recommend purchasing your spot the moment registration opens to avoid disappointment. To put things in perspective, around 500 people are currently signed up to the notifications list!
Okay, I’m ready. Where do I sign up?
Yay! Check above to see when the course will run next! (Or to book your place if registration is currently open.)
“The course definitely met my expectations. In fact, this is by far the best online course I’ve taken. The feedback was very appropriate, and I felt very comfortable approaching you with questions. The assignments were difficult, but not unapproachably so. For my level, they were exactly what I needed. This course was wonderful, and I’ll certainly be attending more of your courses. Thank you!”