SPEND LESS TIME EDITING AND HAVE A BETTER BOOK TO SHOW FOR IT!


Before You Hit Send: Winning Tactics for Editing Your First (or Next) Bestseller!


You have the ability to craft a more compelling story with excellent self-editing.

Editing can seem overwhelming, I know. 

Especially when the way it currently looks for you is ANYTHING but easy.

If you’re being honest, sometimes trying to figure out how to edit your own work downright SUCKS. 


Hard truth: your efforts thus far haven’t helped you gain much confidence and give your readers the book they’re clamoring for yet.

Maybe your efforts have given you some great ideas or things you know you “should” do, but you still somehow backslide into old habits, like procrastination and overwhelm. And sending your friends funny cat videos.

You’re starting to just give up altogether because it’s looking like NOTHING will make a difference. You might have even convinced yourself that you just suck as a writer and maybe you should pack it all in (and sometimes you say this to yourself multiple times a day).

I know because I’ve seen authors struggle with this over and over again, which is why I’m so excited to bring my expert solutions to YOU.

I want to help.


HATE LONG SALES PAGES? WE GET IT! 

Hi! I’m Angela James, top-shelf editor of hundreds of fiction books, including several NY Times #1 bestsellers, and I help fiction authors achieve clarity and confidence in their editing and writing skills by telling you not just how, but why. I help you understand the craft of writing and editing using a touch of humor, a lot of practical examples, and a clear, concise explanation for how something can have an impact on your story and the reading experience. 


"I took Before You Hit Send 1.0 before I released my first book (back in 2013!), and it taught me how to fix a head-hopping, body-part floating, cliche-laden mess into a book I was proud to publish.

I have no doubt that BYHS 2.0 will be amazing."

Zoe York

USA Today Bestselling Author


Do you hate all the writing “rules” that some people insist you must follow? ME TOO! 


We’re throwing out the so-called “rules” in Before You Hit Send and creating a process that’s true to your voice and your unique style.


I’ve worked with thousands of authors, both in Before You Hit Send over the past decade, and through individual edits, and I know exactly where authors get stuck and why edits can feel like an insurmountable task. 

I also take a unique, and perhaps radical, approach by encouraging you to release the “writing rules” that have been holding you back and weighing you down, and giving you the tools to look objectively at your work while determining what’s going to give the reader—and you—the best story experience. 



The reader experience is the end goal.


We want readers to know that you’ll deliver an excellent product with each and every story. This is how you build fans and how you create bestsellers!

In Before You Hit Send, I’ve developed a course that’s a combination of concrete action items, a roadmap for editing, expert insight and information about the craft of writing, an open mind to writing voice, and an unlearning and release of writing “rules”.

I give you an editing checklist as the framework for taking action and a textbook with all of the information. I help you implement some tried-and-true strategies, and I take you on a journey of understanding how all the parts work together to create one amazing story. 

But, Angela, I’m pretty sure it’s impossible and there’s no way I’m ever going to be as good as Nora Roberts, Kennedy Ryan, Sarah J. Maas, Vi Keeland, Stephen King, Nalini Singh, Angie Thomas or any other successful authors.

Not true! Every author started from the beginning—the beginning of their story, the beginning of their career journey, and the beginning of their craft. Very few authors have an innate ability to craft the perfect story right out of the keyboard their first (or second, or third) time. 

They all had to learn through trial and error, with the help of editors, critique partners, beta readers, and through writing and craft courses. 

IMAGINE BEING ABLE TO DEVELOP AN EDITING PROCESS THAT WORKS FOR YOU, AND THAT YOU CAN USE AGAIN AND AGAIN, ON EACH BOOK.

THAT’S WHY I’M THRILLED THAT BEFORE YOU HIT SEND 2.0 IS FINALLY HERE!

A 6-week course that will change the way you approach edits forever.

In just 6 weeks, learn an editing process that will eliminate that “where to start” frustration, give you confidence in your skills, and help you deliver a consistent quality story time after time. 


"I have taken Angela's course[...]it was eye-opening and have helped me become a MUCH better at self-edits. And, I no longer fear the dreaded revision process! Highly recommended for all writers at any level." 

kHARMA KELLEY

AUTHOR

"I've taken Before You Hit Send twice and will take it again later this year because your workshop, out of all the workshops I've ever taken, has given me the most tangible and actionable writing/editing advice ever."

jULIE ROWE

AUTHOR

HOW DO WE GET FROM FRUSTRATION TO CONFIDENCE?

We give you a starting place. 

Sometimes the hardest part is knowing where to start. We’ve got you more than covered here. We’re not just telling you how to start, but also telling you where not to start. 

We break things down into digestible chunks.

Feeling overwhelmed? We’re making it easy to jump in and get started. 



Quick wins.

Build your confidence with the quick wins so you can move on to the things that take a little more time. 



Instant polish.

It can be satisfying to see instant results, we know, so we’ll help you get that instant satisfaction.


Actionable, concrete information.

No more guesswork, here’s how, here’s why, and here’s what it’s going to do for your story. 

Direct support.

We’re with you every step of the course so you end with a process that works for you.

Resources that are yours to keep.

You get ongoing access to this version of the course and the resources provided, so you can come back to them time and time again.



We make it as easy as possible. 

Some parts of editing are haaarrdddd. Some feel impossible. Some are just a matter of having someone break it down for you or say “look at this”. We’re here to try to make it all just a little bit easier (maybe not always easy, but easier). 

"Before You Hit Send is an informative workshop designed to help authors edit their work. The workshop is not only useful to authors who are planning on submitting work to publishing houses, but also to self-published authors who just want to tap into some of the techniques used by professional editors to ensure that their work is ready for publication. […]the workshop is useful to writers of all genres and experience levels."

Rafe jadison

Author

"If you get a chance to take Before You Hit Send, you'd be a fool not to grab the opportunity. Most practically useful workshop I've done in the 9 years I've been in the biz. You won't regret it."

kari gregg

Author

What's included in Before You Hit Send?

One BIGASS E-book

This beast will serve as your course textbook and is the companion piece to the videos. It has everything you’ll need to learn broken up in short, easy-to-digest chapters. We include text information, screencaps, and actionable steps.  ($397 value) 

Before You Hit Send Bootcamp

This is the course foundation and vital to building a successful process. Using a series of quick videos, we create a common language for talking about writing and editing craft, root out misconceptions about writing “rules”, and create an early editing checklist that offers quick wins and concrete ways to quickly polish your manuscript. ($197 value)

4 Comprehensive Modules

Each module is broken down into individual lessons, and each lesson has a short video and associated text in the textbook. The modules  follow the checklist and offer a similar process to what you’d experience with an editor ($2000 Value)

Copyediting and Proofreading Module

For fine tuning and polishing your story. 

Lessons in this module include detailed editing at the word and punctuation level. 

Line Editing Module

So the reader gets the best possible reading experience! 

Lessons in this module include point of view (POV), passive voice, description, figurative language, dialogue, overwriting and more.

Content Editing Module

This is how the reader falls in love with your story, your characters, your voice.

Lessons in this module include representation, pacing, Deep POV, timeline, show vs tell, and more. 


Final Module: Putting It All Together

We’re with you every step of the way and if you stick with us, you’ll come out at the end with a process you can use over and over again! 

Workbook/Worksheets

The workbook/worksheets helps assist you in applying and thinking critically about the lessons and how you can apply them to your manuscript. ($149 value)

Interactive Facebook Group

This group allows you to ask questions and get answers in between our bonus live Q&A sessions. The Facebook group remains accessible to you after the course, so you can ask questions even after the course has ended. (priceless!)

Ongoing Access

Ongoing access to all of the Spring 2021 course materials plus ongoing access to the Facebook group. (Over $1000 value)

Total Package Value = Over $4000!

YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR PUBLISHING CAREER: $397!!!! (or just THREE monthly payments of $149)

You'll also receive SIX Bonuses

when you enroll in the course.

Editing Checklist (valued at $37)

 The checklist gives you a firm starting point for your editing process and offers quick wins for those times when you’re feeling overwhelmed or stuck. 


3 Live Q&A Calls (valued at over $500)

So you can get your questions answered and keep moving forward. No one should leave feeling confused or unclear about anything in the course!

How To Hire a Freelance Editor (valued at $49)

This PDF walks you through the questions to consider and ask when hiring a freelance editor. 

How To Be a Great Critique Partner (valued at $49)

This PDF helps set the expectations and guidelines for working as a great critique partner. 

Query Letter Template (valued at $97)

This PDF gives you an easy-to-follow template to get your query letter written! 


30-Day Challenge: Rediscover Your Writing Mojo (valued at $197)

Need some accountability to work your way through the course? We’re giving you bonus access to the 30-Day Challenge starting May 1st!

(Total:  Over $1000 Value)

Total Package Value = Over $5000 in support, information and bonuses!

YOUR INVESTMENT IN YOUR PUBLISHING CAREER: $397!!!! (or just THREE monthly payments of $149)

"BYHS is the best writing craft course I’ve ever taken. Easy to follow, practical and entertaining, BYHS provides a strong self-editing foundation that will help your manuscript shine and take the sting out of subsequent rounds of revisions." 

layla reyne

Bestselling Author

"My writing life is divided into segments: #BeforeB4YouHitSend and #AfterB4YouHitSend. I’ve taken Angela James’ self-editing course twice and one of the greatest benefits was that it prepared me to interact more efficiently with the editor who now works with me on all my manuscripts. Before You Hit Send is an extraordinarily well-priced investment offering something that’s hard to put a price on: the expertise of a seasoned, professional editor on a daily basis for the duration of the course."

Coralie moss

Author

I want you to put action into your publishing dreams and I believe so strongly in this program,
I’m offering a money-back guarantee. 


When I shut this course down in May 2020, it would have been easy to walk away and not offer it again while I focused on other parts of my business. But serving authors and helping them succeed and achieve their publishing dreams has always been at the core of my publishing career and I know Before You Can Hit Send is a vehicle that can help authors bring their manuscript to the next level. 

This is the course that authors point to time and again when people say “What’s a really great craft course that will help me get better at editing and writing” and there’s no other course out there like it. 

And now the course is back in a supercharged, entirely up-leveled, game-changing version and I’m so excited to bring new students through it and give you access to all the information I’ve been using with my authors in edits for twenty years in publishing.

Join me in Before You Hit Send 2.0: Winning Tactics to Edit Your First (or Next) Bestseller and if after completing the first 7 days of lessons, the BYHS Bootcamp, you don’t find I’ve taught you new concepts that you can use to apply to your writing, I’ll refund your money.

Angela James is a freelance editor and author career coach who helps fiction authors overcome lack of writing experience, lack of confidence, frustration and overwhelm so they can create an excellent reader experience with each and every book, and achieve their vision for publishing success

She’s passionate about supporting authors because she knows from her years of experience the struggle of not having confidence in your writing. Over her nearly two decades in publishing as an editor, working directly with authors on their books, she’s been responsible for hundreds of authors improving their writing and editing and offering readers a quality reading experience. 

Now, she’s helping authors like YOU do all of that with less effort and stress with her simple approaches at a fraction of the cost of hiring her one-on-one with her course Before You Hit Send: Winning Tactics for Editing Your First (or Next) Bestseller. 

When she’s not teaching, editing or coaching, you can find Angela reading five to six books a week, playing farmer with her backyard chickens, or kicked back at the camper, drinking a beer. But never all three together because the chickens aren’t invited on camping trips (yet). 

You're Backed by a 7 Day, 100% Money-Back Guarantee

Join me in Before You Hit Send 2.0: Winning Tactics to Edit Your First (or Next) Bestseller and if after completing the first 7 days of lessons, the BYHS Bootcamp, you don’t find I’ve taught you new concepts that you can use to apply to your writing, I’ll refund your money. You must have gone through all of the videos/lessons taught in the first 7 days to claim your refund. Verification of completion will be done via your course site dashboard. To request a refund, email support@angelajames.co

"Before You Hit Send has benefits for writers at any point in their careers. Despite already having several contracts and years of publishing experience, I still found valuable takeaways in Angela’s energetic presentation. She can even teach an old English teacher new tricks."

K.A. mitchell

Author

Here are answers to your most commonly asked questions

DO YOU OFFER REFUNDS?

Join me in Before You Hit Send 2.0: Winning Tactics to Edit Your First (or Next) Bestseller and if after completing the first 7 days of lessons, the BYHS Bootcamp, you don’t find I’ve taught you new concepts that you can use to apply to your writing, I’ll refund your money. You must have gone through all of the videos/lessons taught in the first 7 days to claim your refund. Verification of completion will be done via your course site dashboard. To request a refund, email support@angelajames.co.

WHAT IF I BUY THE COURSE AND HATE IT?

I hope that doesn’t happen but I’m sure not for everyone so it’s possible. See the 7-day refund policy for more info on how to get a refund. 

IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME IF I’VE BEEN PUBLISHING FOR A WHILE? 

Yes! I’ve had bestselling authors take this course to continue to level up their writing. Your experience/results may not be as dramatic as those of a less experienced author, but as someone who is a self-described lifelong learner, I firmly believe there’s always something new to learn and things I can help you think differently about in your writing through the course of BYHS.

IS THIS RIGHT FOR ME IF I WANT TO INDIE PUBLISH/PUBLISH TRADITIONALLY?

This course is right for any fiction writer looking to improve their skills. It’s publishing agnostic—the course isn’t about how to publish via one path or another, it’s about how to write and edit for the best possible book and best possible reader experience. That’s something that’s important no matter what avenue of publishing you’re taking! 

DO I NEED A COMPLETE MANUSCRIPT TO TAKE THE COURSE? 

Not necessarily. I’ve had brand-new writers take the course because they want to learn the concepts taught and apply them while they’re writing. It is helpful to have something to apply the lessons to, but it can be a practice manuscript, something you’re critiquing, or a book you’re reading (just, you know, don’t ever EVER send an author feedback on their published book based on what you learned taking this course. That wouldn’t be cool.).

WHAT TYPES OF FICTION WRITING WILL THIS WORK FOR? 

Most genre fiction. I personally specialize in romance, mystery, and women’s fiction, so I use a lot of examples of those genres, but it will work for anyone writing any subgenre of romance, mystery, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, etc. 

WHAT ABOUT NONFICTION?

This is an interesting question because the course isn’t geared toward nonfiction writing but I’ve absolutely had nonfiction writers take it, since there’s some focus on writing voice and style. Nonfiction authors aren’t the target audience for this course but you sure are welcome to take it! 

I’M NOT AN AUTHOR, BUT AN EDITOR/PROOFREADER/COPY EDITOR/BOOK REVIEWER. WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME? 

I’ve had people from all different groups take this course. Particularly editors, because I teach very practical information about editing, voice, style, and how to think critically about it while also viewing each book as a unique thing. If you want to learn more about writing and editing on a broader level, this course has helped many do just that. 

HOW WILL I KNOW IF THIS COURSE ISN’T FOR ME? 

It’s not for you if you say things like “All Lives Matter” or you think people worry too much about books being “politically correct”. The program includes sections on editing your book for representation and microaggressions, as well as thinking about consent and misogyny. 

We’ve also taken a hard look at the course material to change language such as hero/heroine to protagonist or main characters and if this offends you, the course is absolutely not for you.

It’s also not for you if you’re offended by swearing (I say fuck a lot), sex jokes, or other forms of humor. 

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS AND ALL THE OTHER COURSES ABOUT EDITING OR WRITING OUT THERE?

There are some absolutely incredible writing courses available to authors and I am always happy to recommend those that I know are available and great, because I believe in lifting each other up, not creating an environment of competition. When we lift each other up, we all grow and succeed. This is about you, as an author, getting your needs met and dreams achieved, so maybe this course won’t be the right one for you but someone else’s will! 

This course is perhaps more comprehensive than many that are available and one key difference is that it’s taught by me, and so I focus on my core beliefs around writing and publishing: author voice is vitally important—but not at the sake of reader experience, the reader experience is the end goal, I want you to embrace your unique style of storytelling and writing and not get bogged down by writing rules, and I give you permission to release some of the feelings of obligation you may have toward writing advice or feedback you’ve gotten in the past. 

I DON’T LIVE IN THE UNITED STATES/I LIVE IN EUROPE/AUSTRALIA/ASIA. ARE THERE SPECIFIC TIMES THAT I HAVE TO BE AVAILABLE?

 No, the course is self-paced and modules are released weekly, so no matter what time zone you’re in, you can participate in the lessons and the Facebook group. 

The only thing that has a specific time is the welcome meeting as well as the 3 live Q&As, and those will be on a weekday afternoon, Eastern time (times and dates to be determined). 

If you cannot attend for any reason, you can send in questions ahead of time and I’ll answer them in the live Q&A and then you can watch the recording or read the transcript! 

WILL I GAIN ACCESS TO ALL OF THE COURSE MATERIALS AND BONUSES AS SOON AS I REGISTER? 

No, we’ll be dripping content and bonuses out. Some content you’ll receive right away, some you’ll receive weekly. 

WHEN DOES THE COURSE START AND END?

The official course start is Wednesday, April 21st. The course wraps up the week of June 2nd. 

IS THE COURSE ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE SIGHT OR HEARING DISABILITIES?

 All recorded and live video content is captioned. We’re using a new platform to deliver the content and the platform providers have not yet tested the screen reader capabilities. This is something we and others have urged them to make a priority. If you’d like to test the platform to see if it will work for you, please email us at support@angelajames.co and we will give you access to one of our hubs with free content. 

WHAT IF I FALL BEHIND ON THE LESSONS?

Hey, life happens and we don’t want you to be stressed about having to get the course done in a timeline that doesn’t work for you. That’s why we’re giving you lifetime access to the course materials so you can catch up when you’re ready. 

Yes, we encourage you to watch and read along as lessons are released, because that will give you the opportunity to participate in the live Q&As and get your questions answered, but even if you’re not able to watch the lessons each week, still come to the Q&A because you can take notes and get aha moments from your fellow authors. 

DO YOU OFFER PAYMENT PLANS?

Yes! You can pay a one-time fee of $397 or 3 payments of $149.

I TOOK A PREVIOUS VERSION OF BEFORE YOU HIT SEND, IS THERE A DISCOUNT?

Yes, if you took a paid, online version of the course directly through me, there’s a discount. This does not apply to anyone who’s taken an in-person/online course through an RWA chapter or other writing group. 

Please email support@angelajames.co and tell us when (month/year) you took the course so we can verify your information and send you a discount link.

I’M A MEMBER OF YOUR COMMUNITY, FROM WRITTEN TO RECOMMENDED, IS THERE A DISCOUNT?  

Yes! FW2R members get a discount on all of my webinars/courses. Please go to the community board, there’s a discount link available to you there.

HEY! I WANT TO JOIN THE FROM WRITTEN TO RECOMMENDED COMMUNITY AND GET A DISCOUNT, HOW DO I DO THAT? 

You’ll be given an opportunity to join the membership at checkout, and the discount will be applied if you choose to join then. A 3-month membership commitment is required. 

 I’M NOT SURE I’M READY TO COMMIT RIGHT NOW, WHEN WILL BEFORE YOU HIT SEND BE AVAILABLE AGAIN? 

We haven’t determined when we’ll launch again. That’s not a trick to try to get you to sign up now, we just honestly don’t know. It’s taken us a bit to get to the point of having BYHS 2.0 ready for relaunch and we’ll want to take some time after to see what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to be revised, changed, or added to the launch, the technology, and the course. 

So if you feel like you’ll need it in the next few months, it’s probably best to buy it now. 

THERE’S A PACING WEBINAR AS AN ADD-ON BONUS IN THE SALES CART. ISN’T PACING INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP?

Yes, pacing is covered in a high-level way in the workshop. The pacing webinar is an intensive 2-hour webinar (broken up into smaller chunks so it’s easy to consume and with a 20-page workbook) that takes the topic and supercharges it for further learning. I’m offering it to you at a deep discount to enhance your experience. 

 I'VE TAKEN BEFORE YOU HIT SEND BEFORE, IS THE MATERIAL DIFFERENT?

In this 2.0 version, I took the material and updated it. Every lesson has been updated, has video lessons, and we've also added workbook pages for many of the lessons. In addition, there are some new lessons that have been added. 

I would say that the 75% of the material will feel familiar, but refreshed. Approximately 25% of the material is brand new.

 WHAT PLATFORM IS THE COURSE ON?

We use Searchie.io to deliver all of the content and bonuses. You will get a registration link for the Before You Hit Send 2.0 hub on Searchie before the course start date. 

The community portion of the course is hosted via my free Facebook group, where I support all of my products and webinars. 

From Written to Recommended, my paid author community, is hosted on Mighty Networks.

 I HAVE A QUESTION THAT'S NOT ANSWERED HERE.

Email us at support@angelajames.co (please note that the address is .co not .com)

It's time to find your way out of frustration and move toward editing confidence...

It’s not always an easy decision, I know. 

I believe in you and know this course can help you gain confidence and gain back wasted time flailing about, trying to figure out where to start or how to edit the right way. 

I want you to invest in yourself. I want you to believe in yourself! 

But, like all good things, this opportunity will soon pass!

So don’t wait too long to make a decision! You only have ONE WEEK to gain access to these winning tactics. The cart closes on Sunday and the course starts April 21st! 

   ~Angela James

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