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August 2014

Fiction Bootcamp

August 11 - October 4

This course is full. This is an intensive course for anyone who has been studying how to edit fiction but would like more practice. There are no course lessons—just good, solid exercises and “on the job” training. Throughout the course of 8 weeks, we will go through an entire 20,000 word novella. You will receive complete feedback on the edit, including what you got right and what you missed. We will hold discussions each week on some of the most…

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Essential Skills for Editing Nonfiction

August 25 - October 17

Do you shy away from editing nonfiction manuscripts because you’re unsure about all the technical aspects, like charts and tables, quotations and citations, running heads and subheads, bibliographies, and more? “Essential Skills for Nonfiction Editing” is for you. I’ll guide you through the seemingly tangled maze of the intricate parts that comprise a nonfiction book and teach you what to look for and how to format and edit the material. After successfully completing this course, you can confidently edit any…

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September 2014

Substantive/Developmental Editing for Nonfiction and Memoir

September 15 - November 7

Substantive editing is a challenge for any editor. Not just about grammar and style, a substantive edit requires an editor to think like a writer—while preserving and advancing the author’s vision for the book. It also requires that an editor think like a reader, understanding the needs of those who will read the finished work. This course will examine the nuts and bolts of substantive editing for nonfiction and memoirs: Making a game plan Communicating with the author Identifying themes…

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October 2014

Establishing Your Freelance Business

October 6 - December 12

This course is for those who wish to start a freelance editing business or improve an existing one.You will learn about: Advertising your services Finding jobs Setting rates Contacting potential clients Following up on potential clients Making the deal When and how to refer jobs to others Staying in touch with established clients Keeping track of your time and money Managing your workload Preparing your taxes Balancing the “feast or famine” Instructor: Kathy Ide, founder and director of The Christian…

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Marketing an e-Book

October 13 - November 7

Once you have helped your client create a good e-product, assistance may be needed to market the product. While marketing an e-book uses the same basics as marketing a print book, there are some differences because of the very nature of an electronic product. This class will cover marketing ideas, pricing, digital rights management, and other aspects of e-marketing. (Prerequisite: you must have taken any previous e-book course through the PEN to qualify for this class.) Instructor bio: Susan K.…

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