From the founder of Emerald Lake Books and Publish with Purpose

The Art of Self-Editing Challenge

Polish your writing in just 5 days by tackling the most common problems editors see.

The challenge starts on April 24th at 11am EST.

Each day's session will be live on Zoom with the replay available in our private Facebook group.

The Challenge starts in


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Years of experience in the industry


Books edited

Raise Your Hand If You Have Ever Felt

  • I have no idea if my book is good or not
  • I'm scared to show my work to someone else
  • What if readers don't like what I've written
  • I don't even know if I'm ready to work with an editor

Look, I get it. We've all been there. If you don't have the right guidance being a writer is extremely difficult.

Writing is a skill. But self-editing takes your writing to the next level. As Michael Lee puts it, "The first draft reveals the art; revision reveals the artist."

It's hard though to edit your own work, especially if you don't really know what the rules of writing are. Most people write because they are passionate about communicating their story or idea; not because they love the mechanics of writing. Their book is simply a vehicle to communicate their ideas.

Yet what we've seen in our nine years of publishing is there are some common writing issues that can be easily corrected with self-editing. And as a publisher, when someone submits a manuscript that they've clearly taken the time to revise and polish, it creates a positive impression of your professionalism as a writer.

In This Challenge, You'll Learn

  • How to make your writing stronger
  • How to keep your narrative flowing, bringing the reader along with you
  • How to make working with your editor that much easier, saving you time and money
  • How to demonstrate to agents, publishers and readers that you take your work seriously

Be sure to bring a sample chapter from your current work in progress to apply what you're learning and see how much more polished your writing can be!

How the challenge is structured

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

The art (and skill) of self-editing

On Day 1, we'll cover:

  • What self-editing is
  • How it works and why successful authors use it
  • How it will impact your writing
  • When to self-edit
  • What to expect when you self-edit
  • Tools you can use to help you self-edit

Hi, I'm Tara

I eat, sleep and breathe books and have from a very young age because books mean the world to me. They were my refuge during a troubling childhood and my escape as a single parent with no time to call my own.

I know the power of books to entertain, inspire, encourage and educate, and I love them for the positive difference they can make in people's lives. Books are sanctuaries, schools and theaters of the mind that span across time.

Thankfully, I have been blessed to earn my living writing and editing books for over thirty-five years. Then eleven years ago, I published my first book.

Today, I have seven books to my name, including a couple with second editions. I have won multiple awards, and many of the books I have edited have received recognition as well.

I am sought out as an industry expert. And I speak frequently at writing and publishing conferences and on related podcasts. I also host my own industry events as well.

Given how much I love the written word, I'm excited to be teaching The Art of Self-Editing Challenge to help you to become the writer that brightens someone else's day.

What People Are Saying About Tara


"Her knowledge runs iceberg-deep"

Tara is the smartest person I've ever met in the industry, I refer people to her because she knows what is going on and can think strategically about how to get a book and brand out into the world. Her knowledge runs Iceberg deep. What you may learn from her in a single conversation or in an article is just the tip of what she knows.

Patty Lennon


"Thanks to Tara, I am on the same page on Amazon as many of my idols"

One of the benefits I found working with Tara is that she is a published author herself. She knows what it is like not only to publish a book, but how to launch it and market it so that it is successful.

Thanks to Tara, I am on the same page on Amazon as many of my idols. The "I got into this career because of this person" kind of people.

John Suscovich


"The manuscript improved a lot with their help"

Emerald Lake Books has done an outstanding job helping me prepare my book for publication. I have been extremely impressed with their editing process. They were very thorough, and the manuscript improved a lot with their help. They have been very helpful and easy to work with, and I feel that they have a genuine love for great literature. I hope to work with them again on another project very soon! They have also done a great job with handling the details of the book release, and with follow-up and promotion.

A.J. Park

Join The Art of
Self-Editing Challenge

We promise, if you come with a sample chapter from your current work in progress to use for each day's homework, by the end of the week, you'll see just how much more polished your writing can be, and you'll be eager to tackle the rest of your manuscript with your newfound skills.

So we encourage you to register for our Art of Self-Editing challenge today! And here's to having a positive and successful writing experience so future readers will love your work.