Getting Published: From Manuscript to Book

This course is for writers who are ready to embark on the adventure of getting published. It is designed to give authors the information they need to work confidently with professional publishers in getting fiction, non-fiction, and poetry manuscripts into print. You will learn to prepare a query letter, position your work to your advantage, research the publishing market, approach agents and companies.

This course is available only as part of The Writer’s Studio.

This course involves 12 instructional hours.

What will I learn?

By the end of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Write a summary and tag/pitch line of your work that describes the content, voice, and audience
  • Identify agents and publishing companies appropriate for your work
  • Write a concise query letter and prepare a cogent book proposal
  • Approach agents and publishers with confidence
  • Describe the criteria that agents and publishers use in acquiring books for publication
  • Describe the essential elements of a standard author-publisher trade book contract
  • Describe the challenges and opportunities for a previously unpublished writer entering the trade publishing marketplace
  • List the publishing alternatives for a previously unpublished writer, including self-publishing options

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Class discussions
  • Workshops
  • Independent take-home assignments
  • Case studies
  • Q & A sessions with guest industry professionals

How will I be evaluated?

You will complete five assignments, reports, and/or projects. You must attend at least three sessions to pass the course.

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

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