Getting the Most Out of Your Self-Editing OnDemand Webinar

Getting the Most Out of Your Self-Editing OnDemand Webinar

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  • You who have recently completed your first draft
  • You are contemplating being a beta reader/critique partner for others
  • You are hoping to learn more about different forms of editing
  • You are hoping to strengthen voice, characters, plot progression, etc.
  • You are preparing to query agents/editors
  • You are preparing to hire professional editors for your manuscript


Upon completion of a novel, many writers think that's it; it's done, time to query! But the reality is, there's still a long road to submission. Agents and editors don't see your manuscript until multiple drafts after the first THE END. So, what are the real next steps?

As both agent and freelance editor, Kaitlyn Johnson has had years of experience helping writers learn editing techniques and writing strategies to propel their pages to the "ready for readers" mark. From spelling and grammar to plot holes and pacing, this brand new live webinar will help clarify how self-editing targets common errors and pitfalls in first draft pages, as well as instruct what elements to focus on to strengthen the big picture. Learn how to identify key areas of your novel that lack clarity, consistency, voice and apply practices that ready the story for beta readers, critique partners, or even the query trenches.


  • How to differentiate the types of editing to apply during self-editing
  • How to make your first pages "reader ready"
  • How to identify weak opening scenes or slow starting points
  • Tips to establishing strong, natural voice
  • How to avoid passive voice and repetition
  • Examples of effective worldbuilding
  • How to keep dialogue necessary
  • Resources on how to choose/where to find beta readers & critique partners


After receiving a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College, Kaitlyn refused to leave the concept of nightly homework behind. As well as being a junior agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency, she is also a freelance editor at her own company, K. Johnson Editorial, and has worked as a copyeditor for academic publisher codeMantra, a YA editor for Accent Press, and a Conference Assistant for GrubStreet, Boston. She has written various articles for Writer's Digest and has had a flash fiction story published in the anthology A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed. You can view her submission guidelines on her agency profile.

For #mswl listings and writerly life thoughts, feel free to check out her Twitter, @kaitylynne13.

NOTE: Writer's Digest does not offer refunds for OnDemand Webinars. All sales are final. OnDemand Webinars do NOT include a critique.

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