All class sessions include:
- Video Lecture
- Workbook and handouts
- Group discussions
- Check-my-understanding quizzes
On-demand personal mentor to help and answer questions.
Traditional publishing refers to the established system of getting a book deal in which the publisher takes on all the expenses and effort to bring your book to market. They format, edit, print, promote, and distribute your book to multiple outlets—domestic and foreign. There is no cost to you. Traditional publishers pay the writer through royalties on every book sold. Traditional publishers gamble on the idea that the book will sell and sell well. They work with the writer to make sure the work is market ready. This class covers everything you need to know to acquire a traditional publisher and to determine if traditional publishing is for you.
Week One: Why Traditional publishing?
- The pros and cons
- How traditional publishing works
- Four steps to getting published
- The three paths to publication
- Publishing traps and scams
Week Two: Determining your genre or category of work.
- The path for Novels and Memoirs
- The path for nonfiction books
- What qualifies as nonfiction?
- Works difficult to sell
Week Three: Finding a publisher or agent
- Finding appropriate agents or publishers for your work.
- Large-size Publishers (what is a large size)
- Medium-size Publishers (what is a medium size)
- Small-size Publishers (what is a small size)
Week Four: Materials you’ll need to submit
- The all-important query letter
- How to submit your material
- Preparing your submission materials (a query letter, usually).
- Submitting your materials to agents or editors.
- Posting your work online
- How long should you keep on querying
Week Five: The Financials
- Protecting your rights
- The issue of earnings
- Assessing the market
- When to hire professional help
- Who should you trust to help?
Week Six: Hiring an editor
- What kind of editor?
- How editors work
- How an editor can improve your work
- There is more than one kind of editor
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