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

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

Before You Hit Send is like an exercise program for your manuscript. With carefully designed lessons and practical homework, this course had my work in the best possible shape before I sent it off to agents’ inboxes. I took it several years ago, and still use the information I learned to this day.

Megan Erickson

USA Today Bestselling Author

Harness the power of an experienced editor’s knowledge on writing and craft, in order to become your own best self-editor, and a helpful critique partner!

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

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

Angela James is a veteran and leader of the publishing industry in both editorial skills and publishing strategy. She has enjoyed over fifteen years of experience, including successfully launching, building and serving as editorial lead for two digital-first presses—Samhain Publishing and, for a decade since its inception in 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.

Before You Hit Send has benefits for writers at any point in their careers. Despite already having several contracts and years of publishing experience, I still found valuable takeaways in Angela’s energetic presentation. She can even teach an old English teacher new tricks.

K.A. Mitchell

Author of over 25 romances

Curious about the course? Here’s a description:

WHEN: Ongoing with immediate access to content

WHERE: Online forum.

**NEW AS OF MAY 2018: New course site, lifetime access to the Before You Hit Send Slack chat group, 90-day access to all course materials**

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 fifteen-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 an intensive self-editing and writing workshop.

Utilizing a daily lesson format that includes concrete “homework” to apply to your writing and editing, this workshop covers areas across basic building blocks to more advanced topics of writing.

In more than 30 lessons, she provides authors and editors with the tools they need to take manuscripts to the next lesson. In addition, 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.

BYHS is the best writing craft course I’ve ever taken. Easy to follow, practical and entertaining, BYHS provides a strong self-editing foundation that will help your manuscript shine and take the sting out of subsequent rounds of revisions.

Layla Reyne

Layla Reyne, author of the Agents Irish and Whiskey series

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 for the first month!

My writing life is divided into segments: #BeforeB4YouHitSend and #AfterB4YouHitSend. I’ve
taken Angela James’ self-editing course twice and one of the greatest benefits was that it
prepared me to interact more efficiently with the editor who now works with me on all my

Before You Hit Send is an extraordinarily well-priced investment offering something that’s hard
to put a price on: the expertise of a seasoned, professional editor on a daily basis for the
duration of the course.

Coralie Moss


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 decade, 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 first month. Participants work at their own pace and ask questions as they do the lessons, while Angela will read and respond daily via the new Slack discussion group. There is no regimented schedule for participants, so if you have other obligations, you can definitely work around it as access to material is available for a 90-day period.

Before You Hit Send is an informative workshop designed to help authors edit their work. The workshop is not only useful to authors who are planning on submitting work to publishing houses, but also to self-published authors who just want to tap into some of the techniques used by professional editors to ensure that their work is ready for publication.

[…]the workshop is useful to writers of all genres and experience levels.

Rafe Jadison


Space is limited so register now! Please note that payment needs to be completed at time of registration. If you choose the 2-payment option, the secure platform will take your credit card information and automatically charge you the second installment in month two.

Refunds will be offered only within the first 5 days of registration. No refunds offered after 5 days.

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

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