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[How to Edit Your Book] Online Workshop with Editor Jessica de Bruyn
[How to Edit Your Book] Online Workshop with Editor Jessica de Bruyn

[How to Edit Your Book] Online Workshop with Editor Jessica de Bruyn

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$ 55.00 USD
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About this online workshop

This 2-hour online workshop is designed for writers who want to turn their book's 1st draft into a fully polished masterpiece, so you can secure a book deal or self-publish your best work.

You'll learn from an experienced professional editor how to analyze your work with an editor’s eye to bring out the best possible story – one that is unique, compelling and suits the current market.

How will this workshop kick-start my writing career?

Workshop leader and professional editor Jessica de Bruyn will use real-world examples and exercises to first give you an overview of the main elements of effective storytelling, then teach you how to problem solve and deal with moment-to-moment revisions. Topics covered include:

  1. Let it rest. Give yourself time to forget it.
  2. Story Structure.
  3. Character Development: Who's leading the story? What's their motivation?
  4. Point of View: Role of the narrator & narrative scope.
  5. Side Characters & Subplots.
  6. Tying up loose ends & Chekhov's Gun.
  7. Three Questions to Ask Yourself.
  8. Problem Solving & the Story Map.
  9. Narrative Flow & How to Handle Dialogue.
  10. Final Touches

This workshop also includes:

  • Detailed tips and tools that will help you create your best book and get published.
  • A chance to ask questions of Jessica de Bruyn, live, or by email after the event. All questions will be answered!
  • A video recording of the workshop emailed to you after the event.

Am I ready for this workshop?

YES! This workshop is open to writers of all experience levels and genres who are approaching the editing & polishing stage of writing a book, and who want to learn the best tools of the trade, under the guidance of an experienced professional editor.

Whether you have...

  • Completed, or are near the end of your 1st draft
  • Completed your 5th draft
  • Never written a book
  • Published numerous books

...Then you will benefit from Jessica's extensive industry experience. Join us to learn from a helpful mentor about how to approach your rewrite in the most effective way! 

How does this work?

Join online: Participate in the workshop from the comfort of your home, anywhere in the world. You'll get to interact with Jessica and the other participants using video, audio, and text chat (or, you can lurk in the background - we don't mind!)

Ask Jessica questions live during the event, or send them in by email afterwards. 

We cap this event at only 25 writers.

We use Zoom for our webinars. Don't want to share your webcam? No problem, we won't make you!

About Jessica de Bruyn

This online workshop is led by Jessica de Bruyn, Senior Editor at The Rights Factory Literary Agency and Editor-in-Residence at soyouwanttowrite.org.

As a substantive & structural editor, she specializes in juvenile fiction, speculative fiction, women’s lit and commercial fiction. She is also an experienced editor of non-fiction and literary fiction.

Jessica also has more than a decade of experience working in sales and marketing copy. She has helped a number of writers to craft their query letters and synopses for submission to agents and publishers and has helped self-published authors to create front and back matter for their books, as well as creating loglines to be used in marketing campaigns.

She is the co-creator of the publishing website ThisIsPubHub.com and the co-host of the podcast Pub Hub, which is a behind the scenes look at the publishing industry.

Jessica also served as a Head Reader for Abbott Management, an agency representing screenwriters and has edited finalists in the PAGE Screenwriting Competition. For the past four years, she has been a judge for the Ink & Insights writing contest.

At Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, Jessica studied under editors and publishers representing all five of the major publishing houses.

What writers are saying

"Jessica's critique was one of the best I've ever received. Her comments were insightful and spot-on with regard to how my manuscript could best be improved and left me feeling confident as to how to achieve it. I wouldn't hesitate to come to her again or to recommend her to others."
—Terri C.

"Insightful and well-organized. As a writer I develop blind spots. Jessica sent back clear recommendations that I can take immediate action on. The 14-page editorial letter was/is extremely helpful."
—V.J.H.

"The service provided by this site and Jessica were top-notch! Without an expert's point of view and input, it's hard to find what's lacking in something you've put so much time and effort. Jessica's comments helped me in so many ways. She understood exactly what I was going for and was a pleasure to work with. I absolutely recommend other writers to go through this before submitting to agents. There's always room for improvement!"
—Polly A.