The Manuscript Makeover

A 48-hour self-editing guide

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Who is this course for?

  • Authors on a deadline who want to get their manuscript ready for submission

What you’ll learn

  • The nine problem areas most commonly found in manuscripts and how to fix them
  • How to pre-format your manuscript so that it's ready for editors or agents

About the course

Take your manuscript from rough draft to ready for submission in a weekend so you can STOP second-guessing yourself and begin getting your stories out to the world!

Self-editing is a necessary step before you submit your manuscript to editors or agents. This checklist and ten quick lessons will help you make sure your manuscript is polished and ready to go.

Take your manuscript from rough draft to ready for submission in a weekend so you can STOP second-guessing yourself and begin getting your stories out to the world!

Self-editing is a necessary step before you submit your manuscript to editors or agents. This checklist and ten quick lessons will help you make sure your manuscript is polished and ready to go.

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Course Content

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Lesson Name & What’s Included
Lesson 1: TMI--Too Much Information
9 minutes
Details are amazing... but only if they serve the story! Learn to recognize when you've gone TOO far and how to fix it!
Declutter your character's convos by removing as much "he said, she said" as possible without confusing your audience.
You know how books are always better than movies because books allow the reader to fill in some blanks? Yeah... This lesson will make sure you have just enough blanks to ENHANCE the story by inviting the reader to fill in THEIR best version instead of spoon-feeding them.
Show vs. tell is a natural way for people to communicate in real life... Be sure you are carrying that over into your character DIALOGUE as well!
Learn a vital trick to deepen your point of view and avoid head-hopping and BOOK DROPPING!
These seven key areas will have your narrative tidier in no time. AKA know when ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
Repetition is needed... sometimes. But too much can make a reader feel patronized! This ONE KEY concept can strengthen your storytelling immediately!
DO tenses make you... well... TENSE? Quickly spot tense issues in your story and nuke them—no English degree or headache medicine required!
If someone hyperventilates reading your book out loud: "And this happened (inhale) and then that happened (inhale) and then he said (inhale)" pace of writing... this section helps you tighten your pacing and increase the natural flow.
A quick overview on how to make Microsoft Word's Styles feature help you

Instructor

You may be wondering why the hell you should listen to Anne Victory or what she could possibly teach you. That's fair. 🙂 Anne has been editing for over a decade. She edits for NY Times and USA Today best-selling authors, including Dannika Dark, Dianne Duvall, Elizabeth Hunter, Gena Showalter, Ilona Andrews, Lynn Raye Harris, Nalini Singh, and Thea Harrison. To date, she’s edited almost 500 books. Anne is also the cofounder of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals. And, finally, she’s the chief cook and bottle washer for her husband, a boisterous spaniel who loves to wear dresses, two cats, and two birds.

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