Self-Editing and Time Management Courses for Busy Writers, Including the Acclaimed Book Editing Blueprint

Learn the simple path to editing and transforming your novel—one step at a time.

Do you feel overwhelmed about how to edit your own writing and make the novel you labored over strong enough for publication?

Most novels need several rounds of editing before they’re ready to submit to agents or to indie publish.

If you skimp on editing, you risk instant rejection and/or dreaded one-star reviews. Unfortunately, each round with a freelance book editor can cost you hundreds of dollars. According to the Editorial Freelancers Association, here are common book editing prices:

Developmental editing—$45-55 an hour (1-5 pages an hour)

Substantive or line editing—$40-$60 an hour (1-6 pages an hour)

Heavy copyediting—$40-50 an hour (2-5 pages an hour) 

Proofreading—$30-$35 an hour (9-13 pages an hour)


Yikes! What's an aspiring author to do? You have 3 choices.

Option 1:

Do nothing. Maybe reading a few books on how to write a novel will help.

Option 2:

Spend thousands of dollars on editing fees—gulp—until the book is finally acceptable.

Option 3: 

Pay for 1-2 rounds of developmental edits as it’s better than nothing.

Did You Know There’s A Fourth Choice?

Take The Online Writing Class:

Book Editing Blueprint:

A Step-By-Step Plan To Making Your Novels Publishable

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By going through this online writing class on how to edit a book, you’ll get the tools to skyrocket your manuscript to the next level without breaking the bank.

This course demystifies the editing process, giving you a practical, step-by-step blueprint for evaluating, rewriting, and polishing your manuscript. It’s like having a professional editor standing over your shoulder while you’re editing the novel. The course will give you a solid foundation while also being something you can reasonably finish.

Embark On The Path

Is your dream to land an agent and publisher?

Do you want to indie publish, but fear bad reviews?

Save Time & Money

Do book editing prices make your heart race?

Are you uneasy about investing in a book that might not sell?

Get Clear Action Plan

Does your story have flaws you don’t know how to fix?

Do you suspect it has weaknesses you’ve missed?

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Hi, I’m Stacy.

I create online courses for writers, showing authors how to edit a book without spending a fortune and how to fit their publishing dreams into a busy life. My goal is to save writers from overwhelm by teaching them techniques to make the writing and rewriting process more manageable. I’m the author of ten published books, a freelance developmental editor, and an award-winning journalist. I’d love to be your guide.

“Because of @stacyjuba, freelance editor extraordinaire—who, like a personal trainer, pushed me to my limit and pulled out of me the very best I had to offerLost Highway has received compliments and accolades beyond my expectations.”

Ron Bay, Jr.

Young Adult Writer

“As a fledgling writer, your editing services have been an invaluable resource for me. The educational links you provided as well as your helpful and encouraging suggestions are precisely what I needed to help make my little story blossom into its full potential.”

Joan Carney

Paranormal Romance Writer

“Stacy is fan-flippin-tastic. Her suggestions for improvement are spot on. This was my first major self-publishing endeavor, and I feel lucky to have found Stacy.” 

Kimberly G. Giarratano

Paranormal Young Adult Writer

Go Through Self-Paced Multimedia Lessons

Enjoy 10 engaging modules with quick quizzes and practice exercises.


Complete Simple & Effective Action Steps

Fill out a workbook designed to uncover the weaknesses in your novel.

Follow Proven Editorial Blueprint

Use your editorial notes and self-editing checklist to rewrite your novel.

A System of Book editing shortcuts

Doing your own editing feels like stumbling in the dark without a flashlight. You’re so close to your own book that it’s impossible to see the flaws.

Hiring a freelance book editor is a big help, but unfortunately most novels need several rounds of editing—an expensive endeavor, especially since it’s impossible to know if you’ll ever make that money back in royalties. Some freelance editors won’t even work with you until your writing has reached a certain level.

But what if taking one online writing class could make you less dependent on editors, sharpen your skills and instincts, and help you to save time and money? 

In Book Editing Blueprint, your mission is to learn how to do a thorough developmental edit, line edit, and copyedit and to create a solid action plan. By the end of this course, you’ll have prepared a detailed editorial report outlining your book’s strengths, weaknesses, and strategies to fix the problems, and will be armed with a simple self-editing checklist to guide you through your revisions.

You’ll learn through 10 easy-to-understand modules that get straight to the point.

This online writing class isn’t just a bunch of articles and videos strung together. It includes a syllabus, examples, practice quizzes, and bite-sized action steps that nudge you closer toward your goal.

It’s a proven system that outlines what every fiction and creative nonfiction author should do before approaching an editor. That way when you’re ready to hire a professional book editor, you’ll get much more value for your money and should receive a high level edit rather than one filled with general beginner advice.

If you’re like most writers, you have lots of responsibilities and limited time to spend on your manuscript. Let’s get that book finished as efficiently as possible.

Here’s What You Get


Video Tutorials

Transcript Pages


Workbook Pages

A Peek Inside Module 1

Your novel needs a strong backbone with well-rounded characters. We’ll determine your protagonist’s character arc, evaluate whether you have worthy antagonists, and make sure your supporting characters are doing their job.

  • Lesson 1: Thematic Statement 
  • Lesson 2: Character Arcs
  • Lesson 3: Antagonists
  • Lesson 4: Supporting Characters 

Book Action Steps: Worksheets to evaluate your theme, character arc, antagonists, and supporting characters.

A Peek Inside Module 2

All novels need a rock-solid beginning, middle, and end. We’ll analyze your plot structure and make sure your story builds toward a powerful climax that will keep readers glued to the pages.

  • Lesson 1: Three-Act Structure 
  • Lesson 2: Time Elements

Book Action Step: Three-Act Structure Worksheet

A Peek Inside Module 3

We will delve into the point of view mistakes that plague the manuscripts of both new and experienced writers. You’ll learn what pitfalls to avoid and how to make your viewpoint characters come alive as you’re rewriting your novel.

  • Lesson 1: Point of View 
  • Lesson 2: Third Person 
  • Lesson 3: First Person 
  • Lesson 4: Omniscient and Second Person 

Practice: POV Quiz; Third-Person Editing Practice Worksheet; First-Person Editing Practice Worksheet

Book Action Step: POV Analysis Worksheets

A Peek Inside Module 4

You’ve probably heard the famous writing advice “Show, Don’t Tell,” but what does it really mean? Here you’ll find the common stumbling blocks that writers experience and gain tips on how to edit the “telling” out of your book.

  • Lesson 1: Description 
  • Lesson 2: Backstory 
  • Lesson 3: Nonverbal Communication 
  • Lesson 4: Microsoft Word and Google Docs Find Tutorials

Resources: Field Trip Article; Free Way to Find Experts 

Practice: Show Don’t Tell Quiz

Book Action Step: Show, Don’t Tell Analysis Worksheets


A Peek Inside Module 5

Good dialogue looks effortless, but it takes strong self-editing skills to make conversations come alive. We’ll examine the most common dialogue flaws and learn how to tighten your dialogue scenes.

  • Lesson 1: Basic Dialogue 
  • Lesson 2: Advanced Dialogue 
  • Lesson 3: Dialect And Internal Monologue 

Practice: Dialogue Quiz and Dialogue Editing Worksheet

Book Action Step: Evaluate Your Dialogue Worksheet

A Peek Inside Module 6

What makes a page-turner? It’s time to hone in on which details will make your readers snore and which ones will keep them riveted at midnight.

  • Lesson 1: Purpose 
  • Lesson 2: Tension 
  • Lesson 3: Chapter Endings 

Practice: Pacing Quiz

Book Action Step: Pacing Analysis Worksheets

A Peek Inside Module 7

 Line editing is where the magic happens. You’ll learn how to improve your content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level. 

  • Introduction: What is Line Editing?
  • Lesson 1: Word Choice
  • Lesson 2: Wordiness
  • Lesson 3: Style & Clarity 
  • Lesson 4: Line Editing Recap 

Resources: Overused Words Cheat Sheet; Line Editing Checklist

Practice: Line Editing Practice Worksheet

Book Action Step: Line Editing Analysis Worksheet


A Peek Inside Module 8

We’ll review, the most common grammar and punctuation mistakes, assess your copyediting strengths and weaknesses, and get an introduction on how to start cleaning up your manuscript.

  • Introduction: What is Copyediting? 
  • Lesson 1: Spell and Grammar Checks
  • Lesson 2: Tricky Words and Phrases
  • Lesson 3: 10 Common Grammar Mishaps
  • Lesson 4: The 4 Cs of Copyediting


Microsoft Word Spell and Grammar Check Tutorial

Google Docs Spell and Grammar Check Tutorial

Demo of Grammarly Free Version

Demo of ProWritingAid Paid Version

Copyediting Tools and Resources Guide

Tricky Words Quick Tips Cheat Sheet

Copyediting Checklist

Practice: Tricky Words Quiz; Grammar and Punctuation Quiz; 4 Cs of Copyediting Quiz

Book Action Step: Copyediting Analysis Worksheet

A Peek Inside Module 9

This module will cover when you should start looking for an editor, where you can find editors, the different types of editors, how to know which ones you need, questions to ask, and what to expect. We’ll also cover final proofreading tips. 

  • Lesson 1: What You Should Know About Hiring Editors
  • Lesson 2: Microsoft Word and Google Docs Track Changes Tutorials
  • Lesson 3: What You Should Know About Proofreading 

Resource: Proofreading Checklist


A Peek Inside Module 10

You made it to the finish line! If you’ve finished your first draft, now you’re ready to start editing. If you’re still writing your first draft, now is the time to catch some big mistakes to save you rewrites later. Here is your self-editing checklist and helpful resources to guide you on your editing journey.


Putting It All Together Examples

Books Excerpted in This Course

Your Book Editing Blueprint (25-page checklist)

Bonus Module: Foil the Frustration


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Before sitting down to edit your novel, it’s important that you’re in a positive mindset. This bonus module will arm you with plenty of motivation tips to help you persevere and reach the finish line.


  • Lesson 1: 13 Ways to Motivate Yourself Through Your Rewrites
  • Lesson 2: Foil Your Frustration: 10 Tips to Persevere As A Writer
  • Lesson 3: Final Thoughts and Excerpt from When The Timer Dings: Organizing Your Life To Make The Most of 10 Minute Increments

    by Katharine Grubb of 10 Minute Novelists

Resource: Free inspirational wallpaper for your devices (see above quote image)


Bonus Forum: Student Networking Unit Inside Shortcuts for Writers Facebook Group

Blueprinters can participate in a special bonus forum inside the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group. Although the group is open to non-students, only those members enrolled in the course are allowed to post in this particular section. 

Students can seek accountability partners, critique partners, beta readers, and cheer each other on as they progress through the course.

Please note that partnerships are not guaranteed and students are responsible for making their own connections. As enrollment grows, more and more people will be participating in the forum, so it will be an ongoing place to network.    


How Much Do You Need To Invest? 


* Instant AccessAs soon as you purchase, you will get immediate access, via username and password, to the full online writing class.

* Training Materials—The course contains 10 engaging self-editing modules, so you can break up the material into easy-to-digest sections. Each module contains short entertaining videos as well as practice activities and key action steps to apply what you learn. A workbook and transcripts can be downloaded from the Resources section.

* Bonuses—You’ll get access to a Resources section regularly updated with helpful blog posts, videos, and podcasts; emails to keep you motivated; a bonus module called Foil the Frustration: Motivation Strategies for Authors; and a bonus lesson, How to Apply Creative Techniques to Your Nonfiction Book.  Those enrolled in the course can also participate in a special student forum inside the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group. There, they can seek accountability partners, critique partners, beta readers, and encouragement.  (Please note that connections are not guaranteed and students are responsible for setting up their own partnerships.)  Shortcuts for Writers students and clients also get access to a form where they can share their latest news so that Stacy can promote their accomplishments on social media.  

* Classroom Forum—If you have questions for Stacy, you can participate in the classroom’s online discussion forum. You can also post homework responses for accountability purposes.

* Login 24/7—Content is available to stream on video and to download as PDF files, ready for you to review at your own pace.

* Lifetime Updates—As this online writing class grows over time, you’ll be grandfathered in at the current price and you’ll never pay a penny for updates.

30 Day Guarantee

I’m 100% committed to Book Editing Blueprint being the only course you need to see drastic improvement in your self-editing skills.

You will experience a transformation with your manuscript if you do the work. But if you’ve gone through the material, put it into action, and it still hasn’t given you a different perception, aha moment or made you go ‘Yes, I’m getting the hang of this now,’ then I insist that that you reach out within 30 days for a prompt and courteous refund.

Who Is Stacy To Teach You This?

Stacy Juba has written sweet and sassy chick lit novels, mysteries about determined women sleuths, and books for young adults and children including her popular Hockey Rivals series. She has had novels ranked at #5 and #11 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. In addition to writing books, Stacy is a freelance book editor, online writing instructor, and an award-winning journalist. 

She has taught writing workshops for programs including:

  • Sisters in Crime Guppies
  • Savvy Authors
  • Celtic Hearts Through History Romance Writers
  • RWA-San Diego
  • Los Angeles Romance Writers
  • Rhode Island Romance Writers 
  • TNRC Writers Incubator
  • Thriving Authorpreneur Academy
  • The Author Encounter
  • Pencils & Lipstick Creative Writing Community
  • Maine Romance Writers

She has also been a panelist and guest critiquer for the New England Crime Bake conference jointly sponsored by Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. When she’s not writing, editing, or teaching online writing classes, Stacy can be found hanging out with her husband and kids, playing with her cat, doing yoga, and binge watching Supernatural, The 100, and The Crown.


As Seen On. . .

The International Connection

The Imperfect Manifestor

The Jesse Lewis Show

Mastering the Art of Groups

This Is Type 1

Turning Readers Into Writers

Hustle Like Hannah

Pencils & Lipstick

Boss Lady Investor Podcast

The Author Encounter

Author Your Dream Podcast

The Digital Maddy Show

It’s a Nerdy Thing

Chat and Spin Radio

The Course Creator’s MBA Podcast


Made From Scratch Broadcast

Heart Centered Life Broadcast

Ready Pause Go

Moms Who Rise

The Transit Lounge

The Indie Author Mindset

Undercurrent Stories

Bookterviews – Meet An Author with JB Favour



Diabetes Connections

Rad Reality Show

Moms Kicking Ass Podcast

Women Entrepreneur Success Network Podcast

More Than A Mother

The Travel Collective

Book Echoes

The Prolific Author

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Q. If I take this course, does this mean I won’t need to hire a freelance editor and my book will be ready to submit to agents or self-publish?

A. This course is designed to help you cut down on editing expenses, not eliminate them. Experienced authors typically need 1-2 rounds of developmental editing before they hire a copyeditor or proofreader. Less seasoned writers usually need at least 3-5 rounds of developmental editing. The writer makes the suggested changes and sends a new version to the editor. You could be paying from several hundred dollars to a thousand or more per round of editing.

Most writers will only invest in 1-to-3 cycles due to the expense. This leaves them with a manuscript that has potential, but isn’t ready for submission to an agent, and definitely isn’t ready to share with the world.  

Since everyone handles their fees differently, some editors might charge a larger amount upfront which include multiple editing passes. Either way, it still adds up to hundreds of dollars per round unless you’re fortunate enough to have found a talented editor who has set low rates while getting established.

By taking this course and doing the work, you will have a great foundation in self-editing. You can do the earlier rounds on your own and ultimately submit a much stronger manuscript to your freelance book editor. Then the editor can focus on the meat of your story and help you to put it over the edge rather than send you an overwhelming letter outlining a bunch of flaws you could have caught yourself.

I don’t recommend publishing a book without getting professional editorial feedback, even if you’ve taken the course.

Q. Is this course for beginners or experienced authors?

A. Book Editing Blueprint is for:

* Beginner writers who have just finished, are working on, or are thinking about writing a fiction or creative nonfiction manuscript.

* Intermediate authors who have had a couple of books published, but their editors keep sending them back to the drawing board for multiple rounds of rewrites and the editing process still feels overwhelming. You want to turn in well-developed, polished manuscripts and get to a higher level.

* Authors who find hiring an editor too expensive and feel they might be skimping on the editing process.

* Authors who don’t want a crazy-intensive course that will take months to get through and that they might give up on. They want a simpler way to get there.

If you’re a seasoned author who has been working with editors for a while and your manuscripts are clean and well-developed for the most part, then you probably don’t need this course.

If you’re considering becoming a freelance developmental editor, then it could be beneficial as it will review everything you should be looking for in your clients’ manuscripts and give you a step-by-step checklist to follow.

Q. Can’t I just hire you as an editor without taking the course?

A. Yes, but I charge a higher price for new clients who haven’t taken the course unless they are established authors. Book Editing Blueprint students receive a steep discount. You can see my rates here.  I wish I’d had this course when I was starting out as a writer, and even now I use the blueprint when revising my own books. My years of working as an editor inspired me to create this course as nearly all my clients could have saved time and money if they’d had this baseline training.

If we worked together, I’d tell you the same stuff anyway, except it would be crammed into a long editorial letter. Trust me, you would be overwhelmed. That’s what made me create this class as I don’t like overwhelming my clients. Short video tutorials, written lectures, examples, quizzes, and practice exercises are a much more efficient way for you to master these concepts, and the worksheets will help you apply them to your manuscript. Then you’ll be in a much better position to work with an editor, either me or someone else. 

Note: If you enroll in the class, I can’t guarantee taking you on as a client as at certain times I’m booked or closed to submissions. You’re welcome to check in with me, but please be assured that having this course under your belt will help you when working with any developmental editor.

Q. I'd love to take the course but I haven’t started writing my novel. I don't even know if I am capable of writing a novel. Should I wait to get this class till I have a finished rough draft?

A. If you’re in the early stages of writing a story, Book Editing Blueprint will teach you to put all the foundational pieces in place from the very beginning. You’ll learn how to develop your theme, flesh out your characters, craft your plot, maximize each scene, and improve your writing technique.

While the final blueprint is geared toward editing a book, the lessons are applicable regardless of what stage the project is in. If you’re still writing your first draft, the course will give you valuable tools to keep you on the right track. Get a solid foundation now, and then come back and review once you finish your draft.

If you’re starting from scratch, in a way you’re lucky because you’ll be able to avoid the mistakes a lot of people make. By catching weaknesses early, you’ll save time on rewrites later. Wherever you are in the process, the course will give you the solid foundation that your novel needs. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of writing a book and fear you don’t have what it takes, that’s perfectly normal. That’s why I’m going to teach you these concepts step by step and give you the tools to work through the overwhelm.

Q. Is there anyone this course isn’t for?

A. This course is appropriate for beginning and emerging novelists regardless of genre and style.

If you’re a seasoned author who has been working with editors for a while and your manuscripts are clean and well-developed for the most part, then you probably don’t need this course. If you’re considering becoming a freelance developmental editor, however, then it could be beneficial as it will review everything you should be looking for in your clients’ manuscripts and give you a step-by-step checklist to follow.

If you’re a children’s book writer, I’d recommend it for middle grade and YA fiction, but not for early chapter books or picture books.

Nonfiction writers: This class probably isn’t for you if you write academic, technical, or self-improvement books.

If you’re writing a book filled with people and places such as a memoir, biography, or essays, and you’re depicting events through scenes, the course will inspire you to take a creative approach with your nonfiction. You’ll learn to write vivid descriptions, make the people you’re writing about three-dimensional, and use an engaging style, as well as write tighter. Bear in mind, however, that the course is geared toward fiction authors, so you should only take it if you are interested in enriching your project with fiction-writing techniques. You’ll find a helpful bonus lesson in the welcome section: How to Apply Creative Techniques to Your Nonfiction Book.

As a reminder, I won’t edit your book during this course but will teach you how to do it. This course is not for you if you’re expecting feedback from the instructor and/or a critique group. I would have to charge a lot more to give personal feedback to every student.

Also, this course isn’t for you if you are expecting overnight results with little effort. I wish I could wave a magic wand and have your book rewrite itself, but unfortunately you have to put in the effort. I have made the learning process as simple as possible, but you still need to have the drive to complete the lessons and follow the blueprint to edit your book.

Q. Will you be present to give editing feedback and support? Will I get critiques from class members?

A. As far as getting support, I will absolutely be there to answer questions and be your cheerleader! You can post questions in the private discussion forum and I will be sure to respond. However, there is no instructor editorial feedback. If I were to give critiques on every student’s writing, I’d have to charge a lot more for the course due to the time commitment, and I wanted to keep it affordable.

The goal is for you to develop your self-editing skills so you can save time and money on unnecessary rounds of editing. After going through the class, you’ll be amazed at how many flaws you’ll see in your manuscript. You’ll also have the tools to fix these weaknesses and escalate your project to the next level.

Regarding peer critiques, this is not a critique group. Since students sign up at various times and it’s self-paced, each person is working on a different lesson. In the bonus Facebook forum, (a special unit inside the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group), there are threads where class members can network and connect with partners for outside critiques, but a connection isn’t guaranteed.

Q. Will this course teach me grammar and punctuation rules?

A. Not in depth. It will give you a broad overview. This class focuses on developmental big picture concepts such as plot, characterization, and point of view; scene level tips such as improving dialogue, description, and pacing; and line editing tips like word choice, style, and conciseness.

We discuss the most common grammar and punctuation mistakes, and I’ll share the best resources I’ve found for cleaning up your manuscript, but delving too much into it would be overwhelming. Copyediting could be a whole separate course, and it’s best taught by a copyeditor. (which I am not.)

As a novelist, your priority should be on writing an evocative, compelling story with a strong backbone. Once you’ve done that, you can focus on fixing the nitty gritty grammar and punctuation. If you focus on those errors too soon, before you rewrite and revise, then your copyedits could become obsolete.

My goal with the copyediting segment is to give you some tips and help you to evaluate your skills in this area. Some writers have a strong grasp of grammar and can manage without a copyeditor and/or proofreader if they have a good developmental editor and eagle-eyed beta readers. Many writers, however, have trouble with grammar and punctuation, and no class or self-study will replace their need for a good copyeditor and proofreader—at least not for their first few books. This class may save them some money though if they can find basic mistakes themselves and submit a cleaner manuscript to the copyeditor.

Q. How is this course any better than reading books and articles about writing and editing? And how does it differ from other revision courses on the market?

A. You could take the time-consuming DIY approach and gather information from different resources, or you can cut through the clutter and let me tell you exactly what you need to know and how to apply it to your book. Not only that, you’ll also get a proven system to follow.

Books about writing, articles, podcasts, and YouTube videos can give you helpful hints (and hey, I write articles, give advice on podcasts, and create informative YouTube videos myself!) but if you want to transform your manuscript and escalate your writing to a higher level, you need to learn how to apply what you know. That’s what Book Editing Blueprint will do for you. It’s full of tips, examples, and activities that will equip you and inspire you to apply the concepts to every aspect of your novel. I’ve had many clients who tried to learn on their own before hiring an editor, but they still had trouble recognizing weaknesses in their own work and needed multiple rounds of editing. 

As one of my students said, “Hearing your voice creates a teacher-student relationship that I don’t get out of books. It was more like being in the classroom. Everybody has a preferred style of learning—voice, text, or graphics. You had video, text, recaps, bullet items, tests that you can take over as great extra reinforcement . . . I think the way you’ve done it will help the material stay with students. They can print it out and save it for reference, but the goal is to learn and absorb.”

The hints you gain from books, articles, podcasts, and videos will be much more useful once your writing and editing skills have reached a certain level. 

So, how does the course differ from other self-editing courses on the market?

It’s more thorough than some. Many writing and revision courses don’t use video, interactive quizzes, or worksheets to reinforce the concepts and help you apply the lessons to your book.

It’s also much less intensive than some revision courses. If you search online, you’ll find expensive self-editing courses that are a lot more complicated.

I’ve polled students who took these intensive classes and they had comments like, “I’d spend hours doing some of the lessons. One lesson could take me a month. The course helped me, but I’d never do anything like that again.” However, if you’re extremely disciplined and don’t mind doing multiple time-consuming homework assignments, then a super-intensive course could be a great option.

Others will get overwhelmed with such a course and give up. My mission is to make editing simple, so if you’re seeking the simpler path, that’s where I can help. 

If you had time to focus on Book Editing Blueprint, putting in a couple hours per day, you could finish it in a week or two. You can take as much time as you want, so there’s no rush if your schedule is busy, but in theory you could block off 10-14 days and get it done.

Q. With 10 modules, are you sure I won’t get confused or more overwhelmed?

A. You would get much more overwhelmed if an editor tried to condense all this advice into one letter. I know what an editorial letter looks like. I’ve received some as a writer, and I’ve written a couple hundred of them as an editor. An editorial letter will have a paragraph or two on each weakness, such as Show Don’t Tell. The editor will give you a couple examples, but there is only so much detail we can go into in a letter and in your manuscript’s margins. Then we’ll tell you to read a bunch of writing books and articles when all you want to do is fix your story, not wade through a stack of textbooks.

That’s why I created this course. I knew there had to be a better way to help writers, and once I discovered the world of online courses, I found the answer. 

My 20+ years working as a newspaper reporter, publicist, and health writer taught me how to break down complex information into an engaging, easy-to-digest format. I’m hired to write medical articles about surgeries and cutting-edge new treatments as the editors often tell me, “This is really involved, but you always make it so easy to understand.” Plus, I’m married to a high school teacher who has given me lots of insight on teaching strategies. I’ve deliberately made the lessons short and simple to follow.  

You’re not going to tackle everything all at once. You’re going to follow a step-by-step implementation plan, rack up small wins, and gradually get all the tools you need to skyrocket your manuscript to a higher level. As long as you promise to follow the lessons in their proper order and complete the worksheets and exercises, I promise to keep you on track. You’ll want to keep going as you’ll see the progress you’re making. 

Editing becomes much less intimidating when you know exactly what you need to be doing to get results without any wasted effort. Maybe you’ll even grow to love editing like I do, and this course will set you down the road to becoming an editor!

Q. What happens after I click 'buy'? How will I get the materials and how long will the class take?

A.  You will receive login information to the private classroom which you can access on any device that’s connected to the internet. 

This is a self-paced program which means that you can schedule as much or as little time as you want. Some people want to do one or two lessons a week. Others dive in and binge on the lessons, Netflix style. If you binge, I’d suggest blocking off 10-14 days to get it done. I want to make sure you have the opportunity to learn how you want to learn. The lessons are available 24/7 on any device, so you can access it anywhere that’s convenient.  

Once you register, you’ll be able to use this resource over and over and will receive any future updates. There’s a survey at the end of the course where you can give feedback, so I’m always looking for ways to make improvements, and I like to surprise students with occasional bonuses in their in-box.

Q. What if I don't like it or don’t feel like it's worth it? What’s the return policy?

A. I’m 100% committed to Book Editing Blueprint being the only course you need to see drastic improvement in your self-editing skills. You will experience a transformation with your manuscript if you do the work. But if you’ve gone through the material, put it into action, and it still hasn’t given you a different perception, aha moment or made you go ‘Yes, I’m getting the hang of this now,’ then I insist that that you reach out within 30 days for a refund.


“Stacy’s Book Editing Blueprint is all you will need to become proficient at editing your own writing. I wish I’d taken this course earlier in my writing – it would have saved me hours of struggling with grammar corrections and rewrites. The content is all-inclusive. The course covers everything from grammar to sentence structure, continuity to characters. It’s a course that will benefit both fiction and nonfiction writers. The basics are for writers of any genre, and the lessons about what keeps a reader interested apply equally to nonfiction authors. Stacy’s course leaves the student with lessons learned, a wealth of resources, and a path toward perfection in editing your work.”

Sharon Waters

Creative Nonfiction Writer

“Your course gives authors a great foundation while also making it something they can reasonably do. No one wants to feel like they’ll never get their book edited.”

Kimberly G. Giarratano

Paranormal Young Adult Writer

This course takes you deeper into your story than you have ever been before to make sure you never get a review that says the story was flat! Stacy asks just the right questions that make you think deeper about your characters and the plotline and the subplot and how everything comes together. She’s like your private writing coach helping you remember all the little things and make sure you reach your potential on both the big AND little things. I own several writing books, plot books, have taken other courses and yet Stacy’s Book Editing Blueprint is the best one yet.”

Kat Caldwell

Fiction And Guided Journal Author

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