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Course Description

Writers are a unique breed. They spend their lives creating things that were, or never have been, and they hope to make enough money so that they can live comfortably while others read their work.

To be a successful writer, one needs to do many things. According to Stephen King, it comes down to reading a lot and writing a lot. However, there is something else that a writer must do to be successful and that is to edit as well. Too many writers choose not to edit, believing that it is something someone else will do for them; but how can you know your book if you do not go through and edit it as well?

When you edit a book, you learn more about your characters, your plot and how they all mesh together. While you edit you may think of a new plot device that will work better for the book, or you may discover that the book would be better suited in a different genre.

Editing turns a good book into a great book, and all the great writers know the power of editing.

In this course you will learn everything you need to know about editing a book. From how much of an edit you need to do, the things that need to be edited and even the tools you should employ to make your edits successful. In addition, you will learn about what you should do before sending your manuscript away for review to raise the chances of successful publication.

Throughout the lessons, tips and quotes from the immortals of literature will show you that editing and even rejection are all part of the journey when you are a successful writer.


Book Editing

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1. What Is Editing?

    While a book can take three to four months to write, editing can take six months. Editing is about patience, attention to detail and wanting to achieve perfection with whatever one writes.
  • Lesson 2. Why Should You Edit?

    To the biggest question here, why do you need to edit, it comes right down to the fact that you are a human being. As a human being, you are imperfect.
  • Lesson 3. The Difference Between Light, Medium, and Heavy Edits

    Light editing could be summed up in two words 'spell check', because usually when people do light editing all they do is press F7 on the keyboard and let Microsoft Word do the work for them.
  • Lesson 4. The Basics of Editing

    Editing is basic in many ways and it involves making your story more readable. When people think of editing, they think of spelling and grammar.
  • Lesson 5. The Editing Process

    In this lesson, we will cover the editing process and will touch on items that will be covered in more depth in later lessons.
  • Lesson 6. What Published Authors Say About Editing and Writing

    This lesson is all about taking advice from the great authors. They know how to edit, they know when to edit, and they are going to tell you how.
  • Lesson 7. What Publishers Want

    Each publisher is going to want something different. Some publishers are looking for a clean and crisp manuscript that is free from errors, while others will be more concerned with how the manuscript reads.
  • Lesson 8. Spell Checking

    The spell checker works by comparing words against a dictionary and analyzing the word itself within the sentence.
  • Lesson 9. Stepping Back and Putting the Manuscript Away For a Month

    If you talk to any best selling author about editing, the first thing they will tell you is to put the manuscript away once you are done writing it.
  • Lesson 10. Common Writing Mistakes Which Editing Fixes

    In this lesson, we will go over all the mistakes writers, even the best, make.
  • Lesson 11. Find-and-Replace as an Editing Tool

    Well, the truth is there is a second great tool that is often overlooked by new writers for editing. It is the find-and-replace function in your word processor and it can make your editing much easier.
  • Lesson 12. Post-It Notes And Highlighters, The Editors Best Friends

    In this lesson, you will learn why post-it notes and highlighters are important parts of your editing process.
  • Lesson 13. Why Fresh Eyes Help Your Edit Process

    As a writer, you need to be able to give your book to someone else and ask them to read it for you. These people do not need to be editors; in fact it is sometimes best if they are not.
  • Lesson 14. Copy Editors

    A copy editor is a person who works to improve a manuscript by adjusting the formatting, accuracy, and style of the book to make it read better.
  • Lesson 15. The Finished Product

    Of course, no book on editing would be complete unless your received a few points about how to send a book off properly to maximize your chances of getting published.
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Course Title: Book Editing 101
Course Number: 7550306
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Staff Instructor
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $45.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $70.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what is editing.
  • Describe why should you edit.
  • Describe the difference between light, medium, and heavy edits.
  • Describe the basics of editing.
  • Describe the editing process.
  • Describe what published authors say about editing and writing.
  • Summarize what publishers want.
  • Demonstrate spell checking abilities.
  • Determine stepping back and putting the manuscript away for a month.
  • Describe common writing mistakes which editing fixes.
  • Demonstrate find-and-replace as an editing tool.
  • Summarize post-it notes and highlighters to help in the editing process.
  • Describe why fresh eyes help your edit process, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 1: What Is Editing?Exam10
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 2: Why Should You Edit?Exam10
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3: The Difference Between Light, Medium and Heavy EditsExam10
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 4: The Basics of EditingExam10
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 5: The Editing ProcessExam9
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 6: What Published Authors Say About Editing and WritingExam7
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7: What Publishers WantExam10
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8: Spell CheckingExam9
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9: Stepping Back and Putting the Manuscript Away For a MonthExam10
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10: Common Writing Mistakes Editing FixesExam9
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 11: Find-Replace as Editing ToolExam9
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 12: Post-It Notes And Highlighters: The Editors Best FriendsExam10
Lesson 13 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 13: Why Fresh Eyes Help Your Edit ProcessExam8
Lesson 14 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 14: Copy EditorsExam10
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 15: The Finished ProductExam8
The Final ExamExam42
Total Points:561

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  • "Every lesson was helpful. The instructor was a pleasure to work with." -- Cynthia S.

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