Do you ever doubt whether your book will ever become successful?
Do you feel like hiding when your best friend or your mother asks about your writing? Or like your partner just doesn't understand why you spend so much time on a hobby that will never amount to anything?
Maybe you feel like your book will never get published, let alone become successful. You've been working on it for months or even years but the finish line never seems to get any closer. You've submitted to agents and received rejections, or you didn't make it through when trying out for projects like Pitch Wars and Author Mentor Match.
You've read countless books on how to improve your writing and done an insane amount of revisions. You know self-editing is important even if it sucks, but it's just SO boring, frustrating and overwhelming all at the same time. And most of the time you don't know what you're even supposed to be looking for, and you just hope to catch as many mistakes as possible.
Or instead, perhaps you're skeptical of self-editing altogether. How can taking breaks and reading the same lines over and over again even make a difference? You're too close to your own work to tell apart any issues.
Maybe you've sent your book to beta readers, but their feedback is contradictory or so vague that you don't know how to implement it--if they ever get back to you at all. Or maybe you're afraid of sharing your writing with anyone at all. What if they hate it, and confirm what you've been fearing all along: you're just not cut out for this?
I hear you. And I get it.
But what if I told you it doesn't have to be this way, and you can in fact get your book published with confidence and pride?
Imagine how incredible it would be to...
Defy everyone's expectations and make your partner, your parents and your friends proud.
Get butterflies in your stomach as you unpack a box of your books.
Know you've done everything you could to make your novel as good as it can be, and look back with pride.
Get validation for all the time, effort and money you've spent to make your writing dream become reality.
Be featured along your favourite authors on Amazon.
Have an epic book launch.
Make money from your writing to cover everything you've invested in it and more.
Say: "I'm a published author, and I'm working on my next book."
"The process of editing is what I enjoy most--putting the pieces together and making sense out of them."
- Christian Marclay
After this course, you'll:
Know exactly when to do structural edits, when to look for plot holes, when to dive into character development and world-building, and when to focus on details like dialogue tags and cutting words to strengthen your writing.
Have the tools to get valuable feedback from beta readers without waiting forever for them to get back to you.
Be able to separate editing steps to make sure you don't miss anything and self-editing doesn't become boring.
Know your characters as well as your best friends, so they come across naturally on the page.
Have a fully fleshed-out world and setting for your story.
Know how to find and fix plot holes and make sure the timing and pace of your novel make sense.
Feel in control of the quality of your writing because you'll know how to make self-editing work for you.
Let me give you a tour:
The course includes:
4 modules, 14 lessons and 12 workbooks covering every step from first draft to publisheable manuscript, including beta reading rounds and breaks.
Tools to make sure you don't miss anything and you don't get overtired.
Mindset development to combat overwhelm, self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome.
An exclusive student community where you can connect with writers who are on the same journey as you are.
Q&A's hosted by yours truly every 2 months for answers to all the project-specific self-editing questions you may have.
Actionable steps with each lesson so you always know exactly what to do next.
What students are saying
"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four
sharpening the axe."
- Abraham Lincoln
Hi there, I'm Elzevera.
As self-editing coach, it's my mission to help fiction writers thoroughly edit their manuscript and make it publish-ready without overwhelm.
When I started working with clients as a professional editor after completing my MA in editing, I discovered the vast majority of writers despise editing. After feeling sad and frustrated about this because I knew how important self-editing is to fulfil a story's full potential and because I love it so much myself, I realised I was in a perfect position to help writers make the most of the self-editing stage.
That's why I've created online courses that provide the guidance and support you need to really nail the self-editing process and finally make your dream of publishing your book come true.
Frequently asked questions
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. You'll also get access to any updates or bonuses I'll offer in the future.
I want to self-publish, is this course for me?
Absolutely! Self-editing will ensure the quality of your manuscript will be much better by the time you send it to a professional editor, meaning you'll get much more value out of your money if you self-edit first. If you hire a professional to look at a draft that's worth a D-, they'll be able to turn it into a C, maybe a B, but never an A. If you turn it into a C or B yourself, a professional can help you reach that ultimate A+ for the same amount of money. Plus, by self-editing you make sure your writing voice stays intact! The more you put into your manuscript, the more personal it will become.
I want to get published the traditional way, is this course for me?
Yes, it is! While professional editing is part of the deal when you find a publisher, it will be very difficult to get noticed by an agent or an editor if you don't self-edit. This course will help you create a manuscript that will have editors and agents utter a happy sigh of relief because the quality will be so much better than the majority of submissions. This course won't guarantee publication, but it will be a big help in getting on a professional's good side and standing out in a slush pile.
What if I haven't finished my first draft yet?
This is the perfect moment to enroll, my friend! While the actual editing won't take place until your first draft is done, the first lesson is all about spotting potential in your first draft as well as conquering self-doubt and overwhelm. By watching the first lessons while you're still working on your first draft, you'll know exactly what to do once it's finished, so you'll hit the ground running :) When you enroll in the course, you'll also get instant access to the exclusive student community, where you can connect with fellow writers and find motivation and support as you complete your first draft.
Will this course continue to be updated, and will I get free access to future versions?
Absolutely! The course will continue to develop, and I'll regularly check to see if there's anything I can do it improve it. As an enrolled student, you'll have access to any and all updates and content additions in the future :)
Do I need expensive software or services to use this course?
Not at all! The resources and tools I mention throughout the course are all completely free or offer free plans that allow you to do everything you need to do.
Which format is the course content presented in?
The course consists of video lessons and workbooks that can be used both on paper and digitally.
I have another question.
Just send an email to email@example.com and I'll get back to you with the answer as soon as possible!
I'm not sure I'm ready for a big financial commitment; is this course worth the money?
Spending large sums of money is always scary, so I completely understand. But ask yourself: how much would it cost you to not make this investment now? How much more self-doubt, overwhelm and crippling conversations are you willing to put up with? And how much will you end up spending looking for information from different sources? Self-Edit Like a Pro will save you money in the long run by teaching you how to get the most value for money when investing in self-publishing your book. It'll make sure you avoid situations where you spend a lot of money on an editor, only to still be unhappy with the quality afterwards. The course covers every single step between your first draft and a publisheable manuscript, and if you get stuck, all you have to do is reach out and I'll help you move forward again.
I'm super busy, will I be able to finish the course in 6 months?
The 6-month timeframe requires a few hours of work every single day. If you're unable or unwilling to spend that much time on your novel, that's completely okay--it's not a contest, and faster is not better in the world of self-editing. I recommend you go at your own pace and take things as they come so that at the end of the process you feel you've made the most of every step. Self-Edit Like a Pro will help you actively work towards publication while enjoying the here and now without pressure.
I've already edited/started editing my manuscript, is this course for me?
If you've ever felt unsure while self-editing or been afraid of missing things, or if you've had a hard time getting valuable feedback from beta readers, this course is absolutely for you. You might be able to go through it a little quicker, depending on the type of edits you've already done. Just approach the course as if your current draft is the first draft.
I find self-editing really boring, yet you claim it can be fun. How?
Boredom often comes from lack of direction. By providing you with all the steps in order and clear instructions on what to look for during each read-through, no editing round will be the same. Not only does this help you work more effectively by making sure you catch way more issues, it's also more efficient because you'll always have a clear goal in mind. Plus, you get the satisfaction of crossing off subtasks from you to-do list vs trying to tackle 'self-editing' as a giant thing in one go.