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Freelance Book Editing 101

What You Need to Know to Succeed

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Love to Read? Learn to Edit!

Turn your love of books into a rewarding part-time or full-time career as a freelance book editor. Learn all you need to know to succeed in this flexible and satisfying career.

Nearly 2 million books were self-published in 2018 - and that doesn't include books that were published traditionally.

With more books than ever being published, editorial services are in demand. A variety of titles are appearing on real and virtual bookshelves every day: thrillers, fantasy, romance, science fiction, memoirs, nonfiction about health and wellness... you name it.

Whether you want to edit books all day every day, or you prefer to work only on the weekend while you keep your main job or just work part-time, freelance book editing is a smart career move.


All About Freelance Book Editing 101

Teachers Nancy Marriott and Susannah Noel discuss why they started Editorial Arts Academy and the question everyone asks that inspired them to create this course.


Your Instructor


Susannah Noel and Nancy Marriott
Susannah Noel and Nancy Marriott

Since the mid-1990s, Susannah Noel and Nancy Marriott have enjoyed successful careers editing fiction, nonfiction, genre titles, self-help, and everything in between. Susannah specializes in line editing, copyediting, and proofreading for fiction, and Nancy's expertise is in book coaching, developmental editing, and line editing for nonfiction. Both have worked with major New York publishers, small presses, and self-published authors. Nancy also teaches editing courses through the Editorial Freelancers Association.


Here's what you get in Freelance Book Editing 101

  • 14 videos (9 slide presentations with voiceovers, 5 direct-to-camera with Susannah and Nancy)
  • 9 lessons
  • Moderated forum on Slack
  • 6 examples of different kinds of editing
  • An over-the-shoulder video demonstration of line vs. copyediting
  • Book Editor Profile Quiz
  • Ebook: Begin Your Editing Journey: A Guide to the Best Resources for Aspiring Freelance Book Editors
  • Roadmap to Your Editing Future
  • Course quiz
  • Course Completion Certificate



Course Curriculum


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Course Promise

By the end of this class, whether you are new to the field, or you have worked in other kinds of editing, you will have the foundational knowledge you need to choose which of the 7 editorial roles are best for you. You will know exactly how to start working toward your freelancing goals, and you'll have insider tips on how to succeed in today's marketplace as a freelance book editor.

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