How to Revise Your Novel for Submission: Self-Editing Techniques that Work OnDemand Webinar

How to Revise Your Novel for Submission: Self-Editing Techniques that Work OnDemand Webinar

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  • You are drafting a novel
  • You find yourself stuck mid-way through a draft
  • You have finished your novel draft and want to polish it for submission
  • You want to revise and edit your fiction more efficiently
  • You want to improve your craft and present their very best work to readers


Finishing the first draft of a novel is a major accomplishment, but that's just the beginning of a writer's work. The next step is to do a thorough revision, shaping that novel into its very best form. Top-notch revision skills are an important part of a writer's toolkit, especially now that agents and editors expect manuscripts to be well-polished. But revising a long work of fiction can be daunting. Where do you begin? How do you decide what's working and what isn't? And how, exactly, should you go about fixing things?

In this live webinar, author and Literary Agent Marie Lamba and Literary Agent Cari Lamba will break down the revision process, revealing steps you can take to systematically self-edit your manuscript. They'll share the tricks they've discovered while editing novels, and show how to spot and correct problems with essential elements like pacing, structure, characters, dialogue and plot. They will also reveal ways to pull a reader (or an agent) deeper into your fictional world.

At the end of this webinar, you'll be ready to look at your novel with fresh eyes, and to use new tools that can take your manuscript from sloppy first draft into its final submission-ready form.


  • Best practices for writing your first draft
  • What to do if you get stuck
  • Systematic steps for revising that can simplify the editing process and elevate your work
  • Tricks for objectively assessing your own work
  • Ways to get outside feedback ‚Äì and how to make sure it's helpful
  • How to create tension on every page
  • Tips that will really bring characters to life
  • How to make dialogue sing
  • Tricks for spotting and cutting flabby scenes
  • Techniques to track plot and character arcs and spot when they are going off track
  • Ways to suck readers in and keep them involved in your story
  • How storyboarding and outlining can help untangle plot problems
  • What to do if your book is too long‚Ķor too short
  • Elements that excite an agent or editor


Marie Lamba is a Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in NYC (, where she represents picture book writers and illustrators, middle grade, YA and adult fiction, plus memoir. Marie ( is author of the picture book Green Green (Farrar Straus Giroux), of the upcoming picture book A Day So Gray (Clarion), and of the young adult novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head, and Drawn. Her articles are in more than 100 publications, and she's a frequent contributor to Writer's Digest. You can follow her on Twitter @marielamba, and like her Facebook page: Marie Lamba, Author.

Cari Lamba (@CariLamba) is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. She interned for the agency for eight years prior to officially joining the team of agents. Cari holds a B.A. in English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College and studied literature at The Advanced Studies in England Program. She has experience as a bookseller, working in libraries, and in content writing and publicity for online publications. Cari has been published in Writer's Digest Magazine and has also taught a number of Webinars for Writer's Digest. She is currently looking to represent children's fiction and non-fiction, and adult commercial fiction with a special interest in mysteries and culinary tie-ins.

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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