Working with Indie Authors

Working with Indie Authors

April 13 to May 10, 2022

A self-paced, self-study version is coming soon.

There are more and more opportunities for editors to work directly with independent authors—those who are self-publishing and those who are looking to work with a publisher. Different authors will have different ranges of experience and understanding of the industry. Understanding where they are coming from and what they need can help you make a good initial impression and create lasting relationships.

You'll come out of this workshop-style interactive course with an understanding of what indie authors need from you, some new ideas for business practices and marketing, and some templates you can use to make your work even more efficient.

We'll work together so you can create positive ongoing working relationships, use your time efficiently, and be an asset to the authors who hire you.

(Oh, and there will be dinosaurs, of course 🦖🦕)

This four-week, asynchronous course is $199 and is limited to 20 students.

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to the Course
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  Week 1: Understand Your Market
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  Week 2: Connect with Authors
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  Course Bonus
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  Live Video Chat
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  Week 3: Make the Most of Queries
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  Week 4: When the Author Becomes a Client
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Tanya Gold

Hi, I’m Tanya 👋

I’ve been in publishing for about 20 years and have loved seeing how it’s evolved. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to work in-house for publishers of all sizes, and have worked on all sorts of cool books.

These days, I run my own editing business, working mostly with authors directly. Some of these are self-publishers and some are looking to partner with publishers.

Over the years, I've learned a lot. I've developed business systems that help my business run smoothly, and effective strategies to make my author clients feel understood and valued.

Sign up for this course to learn my tips and tricks!

Rhiannon Root
"I'm definitely feeling more confident about doing more freelance work because of this class."
Siobhán O'Brien Holmes
"Working With Indie Authors is a fabulous course and I got a lot out of it."

— Siobhán O'Brien Holmes, YA and MG Genre Fiction Editor at Writer and the Wolf

Michelle Lowery
"The class materials help you focus on your ideal customer base with actionable steps to making your services of value to such customers."

— Miranda Darrow, Fiction Editor

Scholarship Available:

Diverse Editors for Diverse Books

Are you an editor from a background, culture, or community that has been historically underrepresented in publishing? Do you need some help paying for continuing education? Then I hope you'll apply for the Diverse Editors for Diverse Books Scholarship.

All you need to do is email me up to 400 words describing how this course will help you achieve your professional goals. I'll be awarding a scholarship to one person per course, making the recipient's total cost only $5.

I'm taking scholarships applications until March 26.

Apply for the Diverse Editors for Diverse Books Scholarship.


When will the sessions be held?

The course is asynchronous, which means that you can go through the course material whenever it’s convenient for you. The course sections will release weekly over four weeks. The two live video chats are the only parts of the course that happen at a set time. (And because the pandemic can make things a little more challenging for everyone, I'll leave the course open for a month after the scheduled four weeks.)

How long will the course take each week?

You can expect to spend one to two hours each week to go through the materials and complete the assignments. The course discussions might add a little to that time. (You’ll have more assignments on the second and third week than the others.) 

What kind of indie authors will you be focusing on?

Most of the examples we’ll be using will be from trade publishing (books for a general audience), rather than academic. Even if your focus is not trade books, a lot of the concepts and assignments will still be relevant.

Just how interactive is the course?

There will be course assignments and discussion prompts in the course itself. There will also be an online forum for course participants. The more you participate, the more you'll get out of it.

Do you need a certain number of participants for the course to run?

Because the course has a component of participant interaction, it needs at least five participants to run.

What if I want some one-on-one time during the course? Can I get that?

Absolutely! You'll get some feedback as part of the course and we have live group video chats. But if you want more dedicated one-on-one time, you can schedule a session with me. And because it's part of the course, you'll get a special discounted rate.

How about after the course? Can I get some extra support then too?

You sure can! You will have the option of post-course group coaching with a small group. You can also get one-on-one coaching sessions with me.

Will I get to meet the dinosaurs?

Absolutely! They look forward to seeing you in the course! 🦖🦕

Deborah Shaw
"Working with Indie Authors has helped me improve my conversations with authors."

— Deborah Shaw, Editor and Proofreader

Genevieve Clovis
"Working with Indie Authors is a great course!"

— Genevieve Clovis, Fiction Editor, Clovis Editorial

Kristen Tate
"Tanya is a natural teacher. Her content is excellent, but even more important is that she spends a lot of time thinking about how her audience will receive it."

— Kristen Tate, Editor and Owner of The Blue Garret

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