Resources for fellow editors

This 90-minute webinar is designed to offer an overview of the work of academic developmental editing. It is aimed at two main audiences: current freelance editors who are looking to branch into developmental editing for academic clients and those who may be new to freelance editing but have some experience working with academic manuscripts. The webinar will cover the structure and process of academic publishing for both journal articles and books, including acquisitions, peer review, and the role of the freelance developmental editor in the publishing process.

The webinar will also describe the scope of academic developmental editing and how it differs from and overlaps with other kinds of freelance editorial services, such as book proposal consultations, line editing, and copy editing. Finally, the webinar will summarize the stages of developmental editing (e.g. manuscript assessment, structural edits, etc.) and the most frequent issues that arise when working with academic clients.

Webinar attendees will leave with an understanding of how they might integrate academic developmental editing into their freelance editing services. Ideally, they will leave the webinar eager for more practical training in the work and business of academic developmental editing and thus ready to enroll in the full EFA course (see below).

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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.