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Introduction to Professional Academic Editing

Help authors create powerful scholarship that shapes a better world


Introduction to Professional Academic Editing is a self-paced course for those who want to learn concrete skills, navigate professional networks, and put their scholarly training to work building an academic editing career.

Focused on the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplines, this course teaches you how to help academic authors write and publish fantastic work.

Whether you’re an academic wanting to transition to an editorial career, a freelance editor seeking more academic clients, or an in-house press editor keeping your skills sharp, this course can help you ensure your clients’ work shines.

Confidently edit scholarly books and articles

Build lasting relationships with clients and colleagues

Start crafting your career as an academic editor

Course modules

21 multimedia lessons explaining

key editing techniques

how to work with clients

tools to save you time and energy when tackling manuscripts

resources to continue your professional development


We walk you through best practices of developmental editing and copyediting


Quick-reference PDFs, perfect for referencing when you're deep in a client project


Written lessons on building strong relationships with authors, connecting with clients and other editors, and keeping your skills sharp


The investment for the course is $299 and we accept credit/debit card or PayPal.

Enroll today

Cathy Hannabach and Sarah Grey

Meet your instructors

Hi, we’re Cathy Hannabach, PhD, founder and CEO of  Ideas on Fire, and Sarah Grey, founder and president of Grey Editing.

As professional academic editors ourselves, we have edited hundreds of books, journal articles, chapters, and digital projects in fields like gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, anthropology, cultural studies, film, political science, and communication.

We created this course because we noticed a serious lack of training options for folks wanting careers in academic editing— a field that requires both professional editing training and an extensive understanding of academic publishing and knowledge production.

We’ve distilled our combined 25 years of professional academic editing experience and expertise into this course to help you build your thriving academic editing career and get more great scholarship into the world.

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Help scholars produce books that can change the world

Join us for Introduction to Professional Academic Editing to learn how

Enroll today