Book Manuscript Editing

Editing Fundamentals in 4 Weeks with Personalized Feedback (Starts July 10th)

This Course is for You If:

✅ You Have a First Draft or Near-First Draft Manuscript and Want Personal One-On-One Editing Support and Feedback

✅ You Want a Develop a Clear End-To-End Writing Process to Create a Completed Manuscript

✅ You Want to Develop a Constructive Process for Self and Peer Editing that Does Not Erode Your Confidence

✅ You Want to Develop Enjoyment and Confidence in Editing Your Work

✅ You Want to Benefit from a Community of Trained and Constructive Peer Editors

In this Course:

You will benefit from a one-on-one editing opportunity with the Course Instructor, including feedback and comment on your entire manuscript scene list (developed in class) and up to 5 scenes or 20 manuscript pages, leading up to the course capstone with is an individually-scheduled one-on-one meeting with the Course Instructor.


There is no requirement that you have all or a portion of your book manuscript completed, and you will have an opportunity to complete your materials for Instructor review during the 4-week instruction portion of the course. You will receive the full benefit of the course only if you do complete the writing assignments during the course or begin the course with a first or near-first draft. If you have questions, please first check the FAQs below or email [email protected].

Program Contents

Your Instructor

Jayne Allen
Jayne Allen

Behind the pen name “Jayne Allen” is Jaunique Sealey, an accomplished multi-disciplinary professional who started writing books as a pastime and developed it into a blockbuster career in publishing. She has helped devise a platinum-selling album release strategy (Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album), led award-winning marketing agency work, created her own bestselling novel series, and launched multiple companies from concept to revenue, including a cosmetics brand on QVC. Her unique experience-based insights have been featured by national and international platforms such as SXSW, Forbes, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Fox News.

Under pen name “Jayne Allen,” Ms. Sealey is the author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted. Initially self-published, her groundbreaking debut novel was acquired by HarperCollins’ HarperPerennial imprint in a four-book deal along with sequel books, Black Girls Must Be Magic and Black Girls Must Have it All, and a standalone novel scheduled for 2024. She has been reviewed by The New York Times Book Review, and has been featured on Good Morning America, and in USA Today, BuzzFeed, Shondaland, Black Enterprise, Detroit’s HOUR Magazine, and numerous other publications. Her follow-up novel Black Girls Must Be Magic was recently named as one of the 7 Best Novels of 2022 by Essence Magazine. Her books have sold over 100,000 copies worldwide across formats and her first novel was translated into Portuguese, specifically for release in Brazil. The year after its initial release, the Black Girls trilogy was optioned by AGC Studios and is currently in development as a television series.

Also a non-fiction author, Ms. Sealey wrote and published “Piece of the Fame,” and “Regroup,” both acclaimed titles delivering her business expertise and general advice in the areas of social media, brand development and entrepreneurship. Since 2018, through her online educational platform Book Genius, she has served hundreds of largely under-represented authors with writing and marketing resources and instruction.

A graduate of Duke University Pratt School of Engineering and Harvard Law School, Ms. Sealey spent a decade as an entertainment attorney and another decade following as an entrepreneur, turnaround strategist, and marketing executive, serving as a founder and founding executive management for several companies and brands.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course consists of Four Weeks of Live Virtual Instruction that starts on Monday, July 10th, 2023, coupled with a series of assignments and downloadable resources for weekly self-study. Following the Live Instruction, you will submit your manuscript scene list (that you'll have the opportunity to create in class), plus five scenes or up to 20 manuscript pages. During the month of August, you'll be able to schedule your course capstone one-on-one meeting with the Course Instructor to review notes and comments on your submitted materials and receive feedback and guidance for your next round of edits. The Live portion of the course meets from 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT and ends at 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT. Each of the four live sessions are recorded and will be available in the even that you are unable to make the designated course meeting time. The one-on-one session will be scheduled at your convenience during one of the designated windows during the month of August. Because of the one-on-one sessions and personal review and feedback, the course enrollment is limited to 25 participants.
How are the Live Sessions structured?
Each weekly Live Session is conducted for 90 minutes with approximately one-hour of lecture-style instruction and thirty minutes of live Q&A. In the event that you are enrolled and unable to make any one of the live sessions, but have course-specific questions, they can be submitted to the Instructor via the Course Platform. Your one-on-one session for this course will be scheduled at your convenience during one of the designated windows during the month of August. Because of the one-on-one sessions and personal review and feedback, the course enrollment is limited to 25 participants.
Do I need to have started my manuscript to benefit from this course?
There is no requirement to have any of your manuscript completed to participate effectively in this course. This course is designed and structured to guide you in understanding the editing process to reduce stress and uncertainty around this critical component of the writing process..
What if it is after July 10th? Can I still join the course?
Enrollment will be closed on the sooner date of when course capacity is reached or on July 10th, 2023 before the first Live Instruction session.
Are refunds available if I'm unhappy with the Course?
If you find that you are unhappy with the course after the first week, please send an email to [email protected] to discuss options for a refund.

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