Self-Edit Like a Pro

Learn to self-edit your manuscript with confidence, while having fun.


Do you recognize yourself in any of the following?

  • You love drafting, but when you think about what comes next, that excitement vanishes.
  • Wasting time? No thank you! You want to get your WIP publication-ready as efficiently and as quickly as possible.
  • When you look at your first draft, you feel it should go straight in the bin. So cringe-worthy!
  • You fear it will take forever to reach the finish line of having your book out in the world.
  • Some days you wonder if you should just give up on your dream of becoming a successful writer.

If you find yourself nodding along, then you're in the right place.

Self-Edit Like a Pro provides you with the tools to:

  • Develop a positive relationship with self-editing, even if you're a drafter at heart.
  • Systematically hunt down specific points of improvements, so you won't miss anything.
  • See the potential in your writing and use each draft to strengthen your story and characters further.
  • Feel productive throughout the whole process, even when it takes longer than you'd like.
  • Overcome Imposter Syndrome and accept yourself and your writing for what it is: yours and awesome

I'm not going to lie: self-editing your manuscript is no walk in the park.

It's a simple process that I'll take you through step by step, but it's not easy.

In order to see your writing improve and grow stronger as a writer, you have to be willing to put in time--one of the first things I'll ask you to do is put your WIP away for a month--and effort.

But I'm here to guide you, and help you reach your full potential. To help you get your book out there on the (digital) shelves, and get messages from readers saying "Oh my gosh, I loved your book!".

To help you enjoy the process.

Are you ready to take on the challenge of transforming your story into a manuscript you feel proud of, that's ready to be sent to an agent, a publisher or a professional editor (depending on which publishing route you'll take)?

Then I look forward to seeing you inside πŸ’–

Here's what Melanie has to say about the course:

Self-Edit Like a Pro is not for the faint of heart, but worth it if you have what it takes! Check out Melanie's Instagram page: @melanie_schubert_writer

Course Curriculum


Your Instructor


Hi, I'm Elzevera!

Writing and editing have always been a part of my life. As a child, I wrote stories about fuzzy animals. Now, as an adult, I still write stories about animals, both fuzzy and ferocious. But my favourite part of the writing process is self-editing!

I've worked as both a freelance and in-house editor for children's book publishers and educational publishers, and I've made it my mission to help writers experience the fun and satisfaction self-editing can entail. I firmly believe that every first draft is bursting with potential, and that self-editing is crucial to making your book the best it can be.

Here are Melody's thoughts about the course:

The only course I've ever seen about self-editing, and something that would benefit any author. Check out Melody's website:

Here's what Jessie has to say about Self-Edit Like a Pro:

Self-Edit Like a Pro helps Jessie feel comfortable knowing she's creating the best book she can, without getting overwhelmed. ​Check out Jessie's website right here:​​

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 decide to offer in the future.
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.
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.
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 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 protected] and I'll get back to you with the answer as soon as possible!

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