Editor’s Guide to Editing Fiction

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Expand your copy-editing practice to include fiction.

Course description

You may be at the stage of having edited short passages at work, for publicity or marketing purposes. Or you may want to try your hand at editing longer pieces of writing, to help further your career. Or perhaps you just fancy earning some extra income by editing scripts, freelance at home, and want to take the first step towards that goal. This module will show you what’s different about editing fiction, and give you the chance to try your hand at it, to help decide whether fiction editing is the right path for you.

Course content

  1. What’s different about editing fiction
  2. Categories of fiction
  3. Different stages of editing
  4. Using timelines and other plot grids
  5. Recording relationships and characterisation
  6. Marking up dialogue
  7. Using a style sheet
  8. Framing author queries

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module you will have a clear understanding of how to approach issues such as: 

  • copy-editing dialogue
  • checking continuity of plot
  • creating and using a family (or other relationship) tree
  • framing author queries.

How does the course work?

There are eight units. Across the units there are eight exercises and model answers.

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