Course Description

Learn about the process of getting your work published through study, practise, peer and instructor feedback, and assignments. This course will prepare you to seek publication of a fiction or non-fiction manuscript using traditional or self-publishing. Learn the complexities of establishing an author platform, growing a social media presence, and submitting work to an agent and publisher. Additional topics include book design, making a publication deal, contracts and royalties. Assignments will allow you to create a professional query letter, author biography and marketing plan for a current or future book project.

Course Details

Learning Outcomes

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Assess the clarity of a book idea
  • Research and evaluate comparable titles
  • Develop an author platform on social media
  • Compose an author biography, book pitch and query letter for an agent or publisher
  • Identify the components of a book proposal package
  • Identify the pros and cons of self-publishing
  • Develop a book marketing plan


Previously known as "Getting Published - Fiction (WRI 212)"
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Online Asynchronous
Sep 10, 2024 to Nov 04, 2024
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Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $639.00
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Reading List / Textbook

Title: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It and Market It...Successfully
Edition: 2015 
Authors: Eckstut, A and Sterry, D.H.
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Section Notes

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