Resources for fellow editors

This 90-minute webinar offered through the Editorial Freelancers Association covers the basics you need to know to get up and running with a freelance academic developmental editing practice. In it I explain:

  • What academic developmental editing is

  • How it fits into academic publishing for both journals and books

  • The four dimensions on which academic developmental editors evaluate manuscripts

  • The six types of edits that academic developmental editors make on manuscripts

  • The two prime directives for all academic developmental editing work

  • How a typical client interaction and job progresses

  • Tips on attracting clients, crafting a website, setting rates, and more aspects of running a successful freelance editing business

You can download a recording of the webinar I gave on June 5, 2019, here (there is a fee to download it).

If you would like to sign up for a future session of this webinar with the opportunity to participate in live Q&A, please fill out this form:

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This 6-week online course introduces students to the role of developmental editing in academic publishing contexts, the skills needed to perform effective developmental assessments and edits on academic manuscripts, and the services developmental editors offer to academic clients. The course is designed for editors who wish to add academic developmental editing to their portfolio of services or tailor an existing developmental editing practice to academic clients. The course will also be appropriate for academics with some editing experience who are considering branching out into professional freelance editing.

The course will include a combination of instructor lectures (Power Point and/or video recorded), reading assignments, brief writing assignments, and editorial practice assignments (which may be submitted to the instructor for critique if students wish). Weeks three, four, and five will include assignments on which the instructor will provide individual feedback if desired. Live Q&As with the instructor will be held during weeks 3 and 6. (Dates/times of Q&As are: Thursday, Sept 26 at 7:30-9 pm; Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00-1:30 pm and from 7:30-9 pm)

See the full syllabus and enroll here.


one-on-one mentorship

Pilot program coming soon. If you’re interested in this, please send a message through the Contact page.