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How to Publish Your Book

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Forge your path to publication, no matter what stage you’re at in your writing career.

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What You Get

  • 24 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a 190-page course guidebook
  • More than 12 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Categorizing Your Nonfiction Book
4. Researching Writers' Markets
5. What to Expect from a Literary Agent
6. Writing Your Query Letter
7. Writing Your Novel or Memoir Synopsis
8. The Importance of Author Platform
9. Researching & Planning Your Book Proposal
10. Writing an Effective Book Proposal
11. Submissions & Publishing Etiquette
12. Networking: From Writers' Conferences to Courses
13. Pitching Your Book
14. Avoiding Common Manuscript Pitfalls
15. Hiring a Professional Editor
16. How Writers Handle Rejection
17. Overcoming Obstacles to Writing
18. The Book Publishing Contract
19. Working Effectively With Your Publisher
20. Becoming a Bestselling Author
21. Career Marketing Strategies for Writers
22. The Self-Publishing Path: When & How
23. Principles of Self-Publishing Success
24. Beyond the Book: Sharing Ideas in the Digital Age

Taught by

Jane Freidman
Jane Freidman
Jane Friedman has worked in the book, magazine and digital publishing industry for more than 20 years. From 2001 to 2010, she worked at Writer’s Digest, ultimately becoming publisher and editorial director of the $10 million multimedia brand. Most recently, she led digital media initiatives at The Virginia Quarterly Review, an award-winning literary journal. She lectures on publishing at the University of Virginia and is a former full-time professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville and an MA in English from Xavier University.

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