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with Jane Friedman
Online Class

How to Publish Your Book

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Today’s authors face unprecedented competition in the writing market. In this comprehensive class, Professor Jane Friedman acts as your personal guide though the entire process from finalizing your manuscript to writing the perfect pitch, reviewing contracts and marketing your book. You’ll learn sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this challenging progression, bypass pitfalls and improve your chances of being considered for publication.


  • beginner
  • 24 episodes
  • 11h36m

Included in this Class

1. Today's Book Publishing Landscape

1. Today's Book Publishing Landscape

Start by taking an in-depth look at the world of writing and getting published. Prof. Jane Friedman clears up some common misconceptions about what it takes to become a published writer and gives an overview of what to expect if you pursue a writing career.

2. Defining Your Fiction Genre

2. Defining Your Fiction Genre

Understanding where your fiction book falls in the general categories of literature is an essential step to getting published. Differentiate among the various categories of fiction writing, including defining commercial and literary fiction, and examine the types of children's books.

3. Categorizing Your Nonfiction Book

3. Categorizing Your Nonfiction Book

The nonfiction world is also broken into categories including memoirs, education, creative or narrative nonfiction, and practical or self-help. Delve into the genres of nonfiction writing, and learn how to determine which publishing house best aligns with your manuscript.