Switching to Fiction
How to edit fiction at sentence-level with confidence
Switch to fiction editing: About the course
Want to switch to fiction editing for indie authors? This course teaches you what else you need to know at line level to make the move with confidence.
The 4-step framework covers (1) overall readability, (2) narrative viewpoint, (3) dialogue format and effectiveness, and (4) technical correction and consistency.
You also get a copy of Editing Fiction at Sentence Level, a 69K-word ebook that offers deeper insights into the learning, and includes examples from published fiction so you can see the practice in action.
The course kit
Your kit includes:
Learn at your own pace with lifetime access and live support via my Facebook group.
Why should you learn about fiction editing with me?
I've line edited or proofread hundreds of novels published by mainstream presses and independent authors. Those writers trust me because I know how to identify and solve their problems.
I write fiction, too – short stories and flash – and have been shortlisted for the CWA's Margery Allingham Short Story Competition, the Bookseller's Future Fiction competition, and the Noirwich Crime Writing Festival's flash-fiction competition.
Switching to Fiction is a great resource. Louise isn’t prescriptive; instead she radiates a cheerful, pragmatic sense of what works in fiction at sentence-level. Rather than asking you to kill every adverb or banish every instance of passive voice, she gets you thinking about fiction and gives you a range of tools to help you understand how to elevate your writing and editing. Louise is a fantastic presenter and the webinar is clear and insightful. I love the accompanying book, too, which provides even more detail and backs up the messages from the webinar.
Jenny Williamson, proofreader, editor and writer
If you’re interested in editing fiction, or just improving your craft as a writer, I highly recommend the Switching to Fiction course. Louise knows how to break down fiction editing into understandable and workable sections. The webinar provides you with a basic road map to the many different areas of line editing. The course book – Editing Fiction at Sentence Level – goes into deeper detail. And there’s a sample style sheet, editorial report, and a list of useful fiction editing macros.
Sarah Calfee, romance editor
Switching to Fiction is a thoroughly accessible resource for editors and indie authors. The webinar is a practical overview of key aspects of the manuscript, and the comprehensive ebook covers narrative viewpoint, line-level issues and some of the more technical aspects of fiction editing. If you are looking for a guide to help you edit fiction with confidence, then this course comes highly recommended.
Jennifer Warren, editor
Part of my work is translating novels for older children into English. Switching to Fiction has helped me weave explanations of cultural terms or ideas more naturally into both narrative and dialogue. Because the novels are for children, these explanations must be included. And the other day, I consciously added my first action beat into a piece of dialogue that was becoming a bit long-winded! Sue Proof, editor