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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?

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Book Editing Blueprint:

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

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.

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Hi, I’m Stacy.

 I teach the Book Editing Blueprint online writing class, helping authors who need guidance on how to edit a book. My goal is to save writers from overwhelm, showing them how to edit their own writing and giving them strategies to make the editing process manageable—and even rewarding. 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

Coming soon! 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.

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 money? 

In Book Editing Blueprint, your mission is to learn how to do a thorough developmental and line edit, to clean up your manuscript, 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 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

Modules

Video Tutorials

Summaries

Quizzes

Worksheets

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 Blueprint
  • Lesson 2: Character Arc Blueprint
  • Lesson 3: Antagonist Blueprint
  • Lesson 4: Supporting Characters Blueprint

Book Action StepsThematic and Character Arc Worksheets

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 Blueprint
  • Lesson 2: Time Blueprint

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 Overview
  • Lesson 2: Third Person Blueprint
  • Lesson 3: First Person Blueprint
  • Lesson 4: Omniscient Blueprint

Practice: POV Quiz and Editing Practice Worksheet

Book Action Step: POV Analysis Worksheet

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 Blueprint
  • Lesson 2: Backstory Blueprint
  • Lesson 3: Nonverbal Communication Blueprint
  • Lesson 4: Field Trip Article

Practice: Show Don’t Tell Quiz

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

 

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 Blueprint
  • Lesson 2: Advanced Dialogue Blueprint
  • Lesson 3: Dialect And Internal Monologue Blueprint

Practice: Dialogue Quiz and Dialogue Editing Worksheet

Book Action Step: Evaluate Your Dialogue Worksheet

A Peek Inside Module 6

What makes a page-tuner? 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 Blueprint
  • Lesson 2: Tension Blueprint
  • Lesson 3: Chapter Endings Blueprint

Practice: Pacing Quiz

Book Action Step: Pacing Analysis Worksheet

A Peek Inside Module 7

Line editing is where the magic happens! We’ll discuss how to eliminate overused, flabby, and vague words and how to make your prose sing.                         

  • Lesson 1: Word Choice Blueprint
  • Lesson 2: Wordiness Blueprint
  • Lesson 3: Style & Clarity Blueprint

Resource: Overused Words and Cliches List; Find and Replace Tutorial

Practice: Line Editing Worksheet

Book Action Step: TBA

 

A Peek Inside Module 8

We’ll review, common grammar and punctuation mistakes and get an introduction on how to start cleaning up your manuscript.

  • Lesson 1: Common Copyediting & Proofreading Mistakes Blueprint

Practice: Copyediting Quiz

Book Action Step: TBA

A Peek Inside Module 9

It’s almost time to dive into your editing! But first, let’s study examples of how to do it right and take a realistic look at what kind of editors you might need.

  • Lesson 1: Putting It All Together Examples
  • Lesson 2: Next Steps: Do You Need These Editors?

Resource: Novels Mentioned In This Course List

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.

  • Resource 1: Helpful Books, Products, & Links
  • Resource 2: Your Book Editing Blueprint

How Much Do You Need To Invest? 

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* 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.

* Bonuses—Transcripts and slide PDFs are included in each module to reinforce the videos. You can download the action step worksheets individually or use the bonus workbook.

* Student Forum—If you have questions or want to interact with other students, you can participate in the classroom’s online discussion forum.

* Login 24/7—Content is available to stream or to download in video (.MOV)  and PDF, 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

No-Questions-Asked 30-Day 100% Money-Back Guarantee

I’m so confident that my online writing class will help get you results, I’m offering you a full 30 days to evaluate the material to make sure it’s right for you.

If you’d prefer not to continue, just let us know within 30 days and we’ll issue you a prompt, courteous refund.

Who Is Stacy To Teach You This?

Stacy Juba is the author of several books, including the Storybook Valley chick lit series, the Hockey Rivals young adult sports series, and the #5 Nook Bestseller Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. 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 organizations including:

  • Sisters in Crime Guppies
  • YARWA
  • Savvy Authors
  • Celtic Hearts Through History Romance Writers
  • RWA-San Diego
  • Los Angeles Romance Writers
  • Rhode Island Romance Writers

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 Office, and Once Upon A Time.

FAQS

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 a couple 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 one-to-three 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.  

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 a foundational program. It’s for beginning fiction authors as well as those who have published multiple novels.

Beginner writers often assume their manuscript just needs copyediting and proofreading. . .that is, until they hire a developmental editor who shows them the weaknesses that plague their manuscript. Then they see the disappointing truth—that the editing process is expensive.

By taking this course, beginning writers will learn to do the first few rounds of editing themselves so that when they hire an editor, it will be for their best work.

Experienced authors know how costly the editorial process is and that it’s a developmental editor’s job to point out problems—not to do the rewrites or to act as a private writing instructor. This course will empower those authors to identify and fix problems before their manuscript goes to an editor so they can cut out at least one costly round of professional editing per book.

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. 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. 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 to all fiction writers regardless of what stage the project is in. If you’re still writing your first draft, the course will give you valuable tools to get you on the right track.

If you’re starting from scratch, in a way you’re actually 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.

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

A. This course is appropriate for novelists and short story authors regardless of genre and style. 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, many lessons may be helpful like the modules on show, don’t tell and line editing. The course would inspire you to take a more creative approach with your nonfiction so that you write more 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.

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 student discussion forum, there is a thread where class members can network and try to 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. 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 tightening.

We briefly 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.

Q. How is this course any better than reading books and articles about writing and editing?

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 information, 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.

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 250 page 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 medical writer taught me how to break down complex information into an engaging, easy-to-digest format. 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 bring your manuscript to a higher level. As long as you promise to follow the lessons in their proper order, complete the worksheets and exercises, and resist skipping ahead, 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 a pro 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 like to learn one week at a time, which would take 10 weeks if you followed that schedule. Others dive in and binge on the lessons, Netflix style. 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.

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 fiction writing and 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.

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