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    • #93890
      Jennifer Lawler

      Please take a moment to say a little about yourself and what you hope to learn from this class. You can just click on “reply” to do so–no need to start a separate thread.

    • #94013
      Shana Grogan

      Hello! My name is Shana Grogan and my business is at I’ve been in business for less than a year and already love it. I’m also a part time yoga teacher and I find that the two professions are very complementary to each other. I live in northern Idaho and am married with 2 kids and another on the way. Halfway through this class I will be packing up and moving out of our current house. It will be an interesting time, but I will enjoy the challenge! I’ve loved all of the other classes I’ve taken from Jennifer, and I can’t wait to see what I learn this time!

    • #94334
      Miranda Darrow

      I’m Miranda, editing and writing romance, women’s fiction, YA, and SFF in Minnesota. I’m a freelance editor, copyediting and developmental editing under my website

      I’m a super-reader and read over 100 books every year, about half of them romance. The most recent romance I finished was Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn and it was incredible. Made me want to wander around downtown Minneapolis looking for signs for businesses to check out their fonts, but alas, we’re all in lockdown. I work a day job at a health plan company and that has been much more hectic than usual lately, so I’m hoping I have enough time on nights on weekends to participate in this class.

      This weekend, I’m writing a short story for the second round of NYCMidnight’s short story contest, so I’m off to write. Nice to meet you all.

    • #94516
      Misha Robinson

      Hello! I’m Misha, and I’ve been running my freelance editing business Novel Words Editing ( for about a year now. I focus solely on editing fiction romance or romance cross-genre manuscripts, so I’m quite excited about this class. Right now I primarily do line editing and copyediting, but I’d love to move into developmental editing. I’m currently finishing the University of Washington’s certificate in editing program. 95% of what I read for personal enjoyment is romance, so you might say I’m addicted to it. 🙂

    • #95057
      Sabrina Young

      Hello,I’m Sabrina. I’m currently a senior editor at an independent publisher (previously an editor at one of the “Big 5”). I’ve been in publishing for about 20 years. All of my editing experience is non-fiction, though I critique and write galley reviews for romance authors and publishers. I’d like to do more freelance editing in romance, as it’s my favorite genre.

    • #95359
      Jennifer Lawler

      Welcome, everyone! We have eleven people signed up for this class, which is a good number as that usually means we get some great forum conversations. This first assignment will be a bit different from what we usually do in my DE classes, so be sure to read the assignment as soon as you can and let me know if you have any questions!

    • #95381
      James Gallagher

      I started editing full-time for my business, Castle Walls Editing (, about two years ago, after working as an editor for nearly fifteen years for the audiobook company Recorded Books. I’ve copyedited or proofread eighty books in the last two years, including a good number of romance novels. I’m a lifelong horror fan and was surprised how much I love editing romance. I’ve taken a couple of developmental editing classes with Jennifer and jumped at the opportunity to take this class, as I’d like to improve my dev editing skills.

    • #95403
      KAT Thomas

      Hi, I’m Kat. I’ve worked for many years in nonfiction for college textbook publishers, university presses, and individual authors, doing developmental and line editing, collaborative writing, and copyediting ( A few years ago I started working with fiction authors after taking Jennifer’s DE of fiction courses—which are amazing and I highly recommend!
      Romance is my favorite genre. I read it and think about it all the time! I’m looking forward to what I’ll learn from this class and becoming more confident working with romance authors and (hopefully!) publishers.
      It’s nice to meet everyone! I hope you’re all doing good.

    • #95424
      Shelley Egan

      Hi everyone! My name is Shelley, and I live in New Brunswick, Canada. I started my own business, Egan Editing, in 2016 and offer a wide range of services: manuscript evaluation, developmental editing, copy editing and proofreading. I edit fiction and want to add romance to my repertoire. In this course, I’d like to learn enough about the genre to have confidence in my ability to identify problems and provide well-informed advice to romance writers.

    • #95807
      Melissa Borbolla

      Hi everyone!

      I’m Mel. I’ve been copyediting for a few years now, mostly nonfiction. I have recently begun my adventure into developmentally editing fiction. I’m loving it so far. In my free time, I have always read romance. I read over 100 romances each year. I may have a romance addiction, but I think I’m okay with it. So, after accidentally stumbling across this class, I knew I had to take it. I have been wanting to branch out into romance for some time, and I thought this class would be the perfect stepping stone for me to do that.

      I’m looking forward to taking this class with all of you and learning from our awesome instructor!

    • #95858
      Jennifer Lawler

      Welcome, everyone! I’m looking forward to this class! I’m just about to post some questions for us to consider as we work on the first assignment, so keep an eye out for that post.

    • #95930
      Molly Rookwood

      Hi! I’m Molly Rookwood, and I’ve been freelance editing for about two years. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and last year I completed Ryerson University’s publishing certificate. I have edited a wide range of material, from nonfiction books and research while I was working for The Editing Company in Toronto to legal fiction, a novella set in a dream, and a choose-your-own-adventure novel as a freelance editor. I love romance novels and am excited to add romance editing to my repertoire. I do a lot of copyediting, but have also had the opportunity to do developmental edits on two books, and hope to do more in the future.

      Currently, editing is only a part-time job for me, as it isn’t consistent enough to pay the bills. I also work full-time as a daycare teacher, and I love working with children.

      I read a wide range of books, although mostly fiction. I love fantasy (romance or otherwise) and recently read N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season trilogy, which was fantastic. I just reread Tiffany Reisz’s The Night Mark, which I’ll be using as my romance novel for this course, and which I loved. I’m also currently reading Moby Dick, mostly to see what all of the fuss is about.

      I’m thrilled to be taking this class, and can’t wait to learn some new skills!

    • #96332
      Deborah Blake

      Hi everyone, I’m Deborah. I live in the UK so will be on a slightly different time zone to most of you. I recently took EFA’s Intermediate Dev Ed course with Jennifer, which was great but I’m looking to specialise in Romance so I’m really looking forward to this course.

      • #96704
        Brittany McIntosh

        Hi Everyone, I’m Brittany. I am a marine biologist exploring a secondary career option in developmental editing. I also recently took on an assistant editorial job at a scientific journal to get more experience and also lend me some credibility for whenever I manage to turn this into a full fledged side hustle. I’ve taken Jennifer’s EFA courses and thought they were fantastic. I also just took an 8 week DE course with the AE clinic which was helpful as well. Looking forward to discussions with you all!

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