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From learning how to run a successful editing business to conquering imposter syndrome (and everything in between), this editing mentorship program is designed to help aspiring and seasoned editors navigate the path to achieving their career goals.


Each of the courses listed on this page will be held in a one-on-one setting via Zoom in one-hour increments. You may purchase one course, two, or as many as you wish. If you'd prefer to purchase them all and learn as much as you can, a bulk discount is available.


During our time together, I will provide you with the foundation you need to succeed in the editing industry.


If you're serious about a career in editing, this mentorship program is the perfect way to get started.

The Werd Nerd with two of her mentees at the Red Pencil Conference in May 2023

The Business Side of Editing


As a freelance editor, you wear many hats. Some roles can be outsourced, while others cannot. Don’t know which payment method works best for freelancers or which bank to choose for your business account? I’ve got you covered. Does reading contracts make your head hurt? How about I send you my templates and answer any questions you may have about them? While we’re at it, I can answer your questions about anything else related to the business side of editing. Are you ready?


Risk Management Strategies

for the Sole Proprietor


Since you are the lifeblood of your business—going at it alone with no outside help of any kind and running the entire show yourself—you need to make sure your ass is covered. This means employing risk management strategies to safeguard your business, including reducing risk to your health and well-being. Ready to learn how?


Editing in Action


Watch me edit an excerpt of a previously published short story and ask as many questions as you'd like. Or, you can send me something you have edited, and I will review it with you and provide constructive feedback along the way. Book a discovery call, and let's get started!


Conquering Imposter Syndrome


Every editor develops imposter syndrome at some point in their career. This doesn’t mean it needs to last. What it does mean is that we need to find ways to combat it when it strikes. Learn how to wield the proper tools for navigating uncertainty and how changing your perspective can alter your business mindset in positive ways.


Working with Indie Authors


Are you new to the freelance world and curious about working with independent authors? Maybe you have a background in traditional publishing and you're ready to take the plunge into the self-publishing world. I have edited countless indie authors' manuscripts and will share my insights with you, as well as tips on how best to retain and maintain client relationships.

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Keith Kapaldo

Freelance Literary Editor

"Erika was my mentor this past year, and she was fantastic in that role. I learned everything I could have hoped for and more during our time. Erika also has a passion for making an author's work sing through gorgeous edits and solid editorial reasoning. Any author would be hard-pressed to find someone more dedicated and willing to put in the work."

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Kristy Phillips

Freelance Line & Copy Editor

"Working with Erika has completely changed the trajectory of my freelance work and my feelings about it in general. I’ve seen and felt tangible improvements in just a few weeks! She’s generous, genuine, and engaging—and she knows her stuff. Plus she’s sympathetic and easy to talk to. Working with her was definitely one of the best things I’ve done for myself and my career.”

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David Strand

Freelance Literary & Arts Editor

"Erika is an incredibly kind and organized person—an ideal combination for a mentor. I am very grateful for having her as a mentor when I was in the beginning stages of launching my own freelance editing business. Erika helped me map out my goals, offered gentle accountability in reaching them, and was very generous in sharing resources, templates, and connecting me with other professional editors to help me grow my network. Thanks to Erika's mentorship, I was able to take my business to the next level with confidence."

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Brittany Morgan

Freelance Developmental Editor

"I had the pleasure of having Erika as my mentor, and I can say with utmost sincerity that it was an incredibly valuable experience. Erika’s guidance has been so helpful, and I shared a few pieces of the wisdom she bestowed upon me throughout our correspondence in this blog post. Maybe I should send Erika a fake beard?"

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