Remember how much fun it was to start writing your first draft? That tingling feeling of excitement, butterflies fluttering around in your stomach as you work out the ideas that sparked the initial idea for your book.
And finishing that first draft is nothing short of a triumph to be shouted from the rooftops 🐱🏍
But then, once that euphoria has passed, you retake a look at your writing and your heart sinks. Did you write that? What were you even thinking?
The mere thought of having to self-edit that pile of misshapen words fills you with dread and anxiety.
Instead of something that brings you energy and excitement, working on your book has become a chore at this point. You know you have to edit, but it's just so boring!
Do you recognise any of these feelings?
If so, let me reassure you: you are not alone. Self-doubt, dread and frustration are emotions commonly associated with self-editing, and a lack of enjoyment after finishing the first draft taunts many, many writers.
But what if I told you that it doesn't have to be that way?
What if you could rediscover that magical innocence you felt when starting to write your first draft through self-editing?
Even if you're not good at the nitty-gritty details. Even if you're no grammar whizz. Even if you second-guess yourself and think you don't have what it takes.
Maybe you have no idea where to start.
Or maybe you're afraid you'll miss something important.
How do you even know if you've done enough?
Did you find yourself nodding along to any of the things I mentioned above? Then you are in the right place, my friend 💖
Conquering self-doubt and overwhelm, minimising frustration and achieving self-editing success are all things that can be taught.
Just take a moment to imagine what life would be like in a world in which
- The thought of working on your novel makes you smile. No more nerves at the thought of self-editing, because you'll know exactly what to do for excellent results and when to do it for maximum effect.
- You get to spend a ton of time with your characters in the world you created without procrastinating. The things you loved most about writing aren't over once you've completed the first draft.
- You know that you're doing everything in your power to make your manuscript as good as you can make it. No more overwhelm because you don't know what to focus on, and no more fear that you'll miss something important.
- Self-editing brings you confidence and satisfaction. As you witness your progress, you feel empowered as you strengthen your writing.
Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?
Self-doubt, overwhelm, frustration and other negative emotions lurk around every corner when you're a writer, and it can be tricky to stay focused, motivated and positive as you go along. Especially when you're not even sure what the next step should be half of the time!
That's why I created this course.
I firmly believe that every single first draft is full of potential and that every writer has what it takes to extract and fulfil that potential.
So I combined my background in social psychology and professional editing into Self-Edit Like a Pro. A practical, step-by-step guide that takes you from the moment you finish your first draft to the moment you're ready to submit your manuscript to a publishing professional. (Depending on your publishing plans, that can be an agent, a publisher or a professional editor).
Aside from teaching you the steps to take your story from questionable first draft to a quality manuscript, the course content focuses on the development of a positive mindset and self-kindness. It's set up in a way that allows you to go through it at your own pace and take all the time you need to fully take advantage of the content.
I don't believe in getting your book out there as quickly as possible, only to look back with regret later down the line, kicking yourself for wanting to rush through the process.
I believe in taking your time and learning to enjoy the journey as much as the final destination. Through self-editing, I want you to rediscover that magical feeling of being in love with your book. I want you to experience the satisfaction of refining your characters and your world, making them come alive through language.
Because the more you enjoy yourself, the better your writing will become. The more fun you have when you self-edit, the less pressure you'll feel. And the more you can savour the journey, the more rewarding arriving at the final destination will be.
I'm here to help you realise your writing dreams. And I want you to achieve that in a way that empowers you.
Because you are the writer. YOU are in control.
And there's nothing wrong with enjoying that 🤗
So, what can you expect from this course?
"I worked with Elzevera during the publishing process of my very first book. She was very helpful and attentive as she guided me through my first steps within the editing world. Having someone to provide me with constructive feedback was invaluable.
Beyond the technical writing help, she was of great support. I would definitely work with her again on future projects."
- Orlande Bidaux, author of The <Unofficial> International Student Guide
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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.
Frequently Asked Questions
So, you have two choices:
You can go the DIY-route and spend a lot of time googling and experimenting through trial and error, doing your best to stay motivated. It's what most writers do, and if you manage to hit the right spots, it can get you good results.
You can get a framework that tells you exactly what to do and when to do it, and more importantly, what to avoid and when to avoid it. A program that takes into account your well-being. Self-Edit Like a Pro is jam-packed with encouragement, reminders to celebrate and tips and tricks to make your self-editing journey as efficient and rewarding as possible 🎉 On top of that, you get access to an exclusive student-only community where you have direct access to me for any questions to do with self-editing in general or with your manuscript in particular.
The choice is yours 😊