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Beginner's Guide to Getting Published

Do you know the five most common reasons why manuscripts are instantly rejected? If your goal is to become a published freelance writer of fiction or nonfiction for books or magazines, this comprehensive course will help you guide your work directly into the hands of an editor and onto the shelves of your favorite stores.

Your success in the writing game will be determined by the amount of credibility publishers attach to you and your work. This course will teach you how to give yourself the kind of credibility you need to succeed. Taught by a successful journalist and author, this course will provide you with instant access to critical information most other writers don't discover for years. This six-week training will walk you through every step of the publishing process. If you really want to be a writer, this course will give you all the tools you need to get published.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting December 12 | January 16

Beginner's Guide to Getting Published

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Course Code: bgp

What You Will Learn
  • Learn the every step and concern involved in the publishing process
  • Discover how to build credibility as an author and convince the publishing industry to give you their full attention
  • Examine the most common reasons why manuscripts are rejected and learn how to avoid these mistakes
  • Acquire inside secrets of the publishing industry from a successful journalist and author
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Discover how to build credibility and use it to your advantage
  • Gain access to critical information that the competition may only learn after years of experience
  • Gain confidence in your ability to turn your writing skill into a profitable career

Outline

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Week 1

Understand what to look for and what to avoid in the publishing industry, as well as how to reach your publishing goals. By learning how to get published quickly and often, you should be well on your way to a lifetime of publishing success! Then, you'll learn why it's difficult to break in to the world of publishing, why publishers prefer to work with published writers, and why editors can be as choosy as they want to be. You’ll also learn about five of the easiest publishing markets.

Week 2

In this lesson, you'll learn how to use writing contests to gain publishing credibility. We’ll also discuss how to retain some rights to your work and resell your contest submissions. Then, you'll learn how to format a manuscript for submission to a publisher.

Week 3

In this lesson, you'll learn the final steps to prepare your manuscript for submission. You'll also learn how to create a submission log to track your manuscripts for future reference. Then, learn to make sure you take the necessary steps to protect your work against copyright infringement. That means ensuring your work has copyright protection, as well as maintaining rights to sell the work again and again if desired.

Week 4

Learn how to find the right publisher and publishing method for your work which can mean the difference between a novel on the best-seller list and a garage full of unsold books. Then, you'll learn what a query letter is and why it's important to your submission. I'll show you how to format a query letter, including what information you should include and what you should leave out. You'll also learn when and how to submit your queries to a publisher.

Week 5

In this lesson, you'll learn how to mail your manuscript, including how to submit photos and illustrations with your submission. You'll also learn what a simultaneous submission is and when you can use this method of submission. Then, you’ll learn about literary agents and when, where, and why to get an agent to represent you.

Week 6

In this lesson, you'll learn how to connect with other writers. You'll also learn what to do when you're face to face with that dreaded writer's block. Finally, you'll learn that there are certain publishing taboos that you should avoid. Neither talent nor determination will help you if you fail to follow simple publisher guidelines.

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Instructors & Support

LeeAnne Krusemark

LeeAnne Krusemark is a journalist, published author, successful business owner, and adjunct professor. LeeAnne began her career in journalism, working as a reporter, then editor, then managing editor for various newspapers in New York and California. She started a successful writing/public relations business in 1988, and has served as Chamber of Commerce president. She is the published author of countless newspaper and magazine articles and two non-fiction books. LeeAnne also spends time guest lecturing about business and writing at a number of colleges, including Purdue and Kent State University.

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Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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