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Help scholars write and publish great texts

Learn the art of evaluating a scholarly article or book draft and how to deliver specific, productive recommendations for getting that manuscript published.

Whether accompanied by in-text developmental edits or not, an editorial letter or report is your opportunity to help get more awesome scholarship into the world.

Editorial letter essentials

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How to describe manuscript revision recommendations, including

✔️ argument and subclaims

✔️ critical analysis

✔️ structure and organization

✔️ scholarly interventions

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How to find the language and structure that resonate with your authors, including

✔️ format

✔️ terminology

✔️ tone

✔️ voice

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How to tie your revision advice to your authors' goals and needs, including

✔️ tenure timelines

✔️ specific audiences

✔️ desired presses

✔️ life circumstances

What you'll learn

Get immediate access to the full course for 1 calendar year.

Example Curriculum

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Meet your instructor

Dr. Cathy Hannabach

I'm Cathy Hannabach, founder of the academic editing and indexing agency Ideas on Fire.

Since 2001, I've provided professional academic editing services to scholars across the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplines.

This course can help you craft effective editorial letters and reports for academic authors and grow your developmental editing business.

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Learn your way

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5 videos

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Slide decks

5 downloadable slide decks

Screen-reader enabled

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Written lessons

5 written lessons

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