Angela James - B4 You Hit Send
Angela James - B4 You Hit Send

Before You Hit Send (or press publish)…learn to edit the hell out of it.

Next Date: Sept 11 – Oct 6, 2017

Join editor Angela James in the 4-week online self-editing course authors are raving about, and get hands-on experience with the building blocks of self-editing.

“Thank you for making the focus broad enough to cover all fiction writing. I never felt ‘this is the wrong class for me’.”
— September 2016 attendee

In this work-at-your-own-pace workshop, written lessons are presented daily in a clear, entertaining and easy-to-understand way. Newly added video explanations enhance individual lessons and learning.

Topics include:

  • Why we shouldn’t put too much emphasis on writing “rules”
  • Not-too-boring grammar and punctuation basics
  • How to get to showing instead of telling but…
  • No, not all telling, adverbs, or passive voice are bad. Learn why.
  • A new way of looking at pacing that helps YOU see where you’ve gone wrong
Angela James

Angela James, Editorial Director of Carina Press, Harlequin’s digital-first fiction imprint, is both an avid reader and a veteran of the digital publishing industry. She has enjoyed over a decade of experience, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses—Samhain Publishing and, since 2009, Harlequin’s Carina Press.

She has edited bestselling authors Shannon Stacey, Alexa Riley, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Ilona Andrews, Lilith Saintcrow, and Shelley Laurenston, among others. In 2013, Angela was named Editor of the Year by the New York City chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Curious about the course? Here’s a description:

WHEN: Begins September 11, 2017

WHERE: Online forum.

**NEW AS OF FEBRUARY 2017: In addition to adding video presentations of some of the lessons to enhance the information, I have now also added sound clips from some of my live classes to a few of the lessons.**

This is a work-at-your-own-pace workshop, so participants don’t need to be available at a certain time of day.

Join Angela James, a twelve-year veteran of the editing profession, former copy editor, developmental editor of New York Times bestselling authors such as Shannon Stacey, Alexa Riley, Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton, and current editorial director of Harlequin’s Carina Press for a four-week self-editing workshop. She shares some of the common pitfalls she’s seen during her decade of experience working as an editor with hundreds of authors and sorting through thousands of submissions, contest entries and manuscripts.

What you’ll learn:

Concrete ideas, tips, tricks and lessons for polishing and self-editing your manuscript. Tips are delivered in daily individual lessons along with examples and assignments to help you get the most out of your workshop experience. Workshop participants will develop a checklist of techniques, tips, information and processes for enhancing their self-editing skills and polishing future manuscripts, as well as learn how to make the new knowledge a habit while writing future books. Learn both the basics and advanced techniques of:

  • Dialogue and dialogue tags
  • Whether all forms of “to be” are really evil (the answer is no)
  • Just what you’re doing to your life expectancy with your use of that exclamation point
  • What is overwriting? How can you avoid it?
  • Basic and advanced punctuation
  • Passive voice vs active voice, how to tell the difference, and why you might want to use them both.
  • Point of view
  • Pacing, including an editing trick to help you “fix” pacing.
  • What we mean by show not tell. And how to do that!
  • Different types of editing and stages of editing.
  • What to look for in an editorial relationship.
  • What to look for and questions to ask when hiring a freelance editor.
  • Formalizing and finalizing your manuscript before you hit send (or press publish).
  • …much, much more. Daily lessons–sometimes 3/lessons in a day!

The course, updated and enhanced with new material and information each time it’s offered, will guide you from the basics of self-editing and grammar in a clear, conversational manner with examples, to more advanced topics such as show versus tell and passive voice. Through it all, Angela will be available for clarification and questions in order to help you on your way to a cleaned-up manuscript and understanding the basics of editing your manuscript. The course has been developed over the last 5 years, is continuously updated and refined, and has been given to over a thousand satisfied participants, both online and in person, including aspiring authors, authors who’ve written dozens of books, editors and copy editors.

Who should attend?

  • Aspiring authors
  • Authors interested in polishing their craft
  • Self-publishing authors
  • Multi-published authors–you may be surprised by what there still is to learn!
  • Freelance editors and copy editors looking to enhance their curriculum vitae.
  • Anyone interested in learning to edit and copy edit.

This workshop takes place on a private forum, and one to three lessons a day are posted for the four-week period. Participants work at their own pace and ask questions as they do the lessons, while Angela will read and respond daily. There is not regimented schedule for participants, so if you have other obligations, you can definitely work around it.

Space is limited so register now! Next workshop will be Spring 2018. Please note that payment needs to be completed at time of registration. Refunds are not offered. Thank you!

Note: Throughout the years, I’ve had a number of people repeat the course. I offer a discount to those who are taking it for a second (or third!!) time, so please email B4YouHitSend at and we’ll provide you with a discount code.

For questions about registration or the Before You Hit Send Self-Editing Workshop, please email B4YouHitSend at We suggest adding this email to your email system’s whitelist/safelist to ensure you receive all correspondence prior to the course. Approximately 5 days before the course begins, you will receive forum registration information. This is sent to everyone who has paid and registered, so if you think you haven’t received it, please check your spam first, and then email us at B4YouHitSend at My moderator, Trish, sends multiple emails during the first week, to ensure everyone is receiving the information, tracking who hasn’t yet logged onto the forum, so we are careful about ensuring the information is received. We ask that you help us out so you get what you paid for, and do the same by adding us to your email safelist!

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