Course Code: bgp
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a 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.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
I just heard that a major magazine is publishing an article I submitted last week. Before submitting, I meticulously followed the formatting guidelines from this class and was shocked at how much better it looked. I guess first impressions do make a difference."
Thank you for helping me get the courage to write a controversial piece. I am currently involved with having my name listed on a book that is in the process of being published. It will be exciting to walk into Barnes & Noble and find my name on the title page of a book!"
There sure are a lot of things you need to know before you can even think about getting your work published. It's not just about the writing - that's the easy part! Now that I have all this information, I'm more focused than before. Thanks!"
This course was extremely helpful to me. I have already won $200 in a writing contest that I only entered because of a class assignment, and I just got word that an article I wrote is scheduled to be published in the fall! Thanks to Ms. Krusemark for all of her instruction. I'm on my way now!"
This is my second time taking this course. I took it first five years ago, and it got me started writing and filling in the gaps in my writing skills. I have since that time had 22 pieces published - articles, short stories and essays."
Since I'd already read several books about getting published I wasn't sure how useful this class would be, but it was definitely worth my time. You introduced me to some great tools and taught me to use them properly. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and found myself looking forward to each lesson. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your expertise with me and your other students."
I had taken another publishing course last year, but I was not confident to go forward with submitting short stories, poems and a completed manuscript. With everything I have learned through your course, I am very excited to move forward with my plans."
My main reason for taking this course was first, to learn how to do things right, and second how to avoid making novice mistakes. Now that I have taken your course I feel more confident that I can proceed on the right track and I want to thank you for your knowledge, references, and a solid background of how to proceed successfully."
I was very pleasantly surprised when I discovered the depth and scope of this course. You have answered all of the many questions I have had about publishing. Now, thanks to your step-by-step, in depth publishing course, I can publish my many stories...Thank you so much!"
Thank you so much for building this course. I felt like a little kid left in the big city when I imagined what trying to get anything published would be like. Now, it's not that scary. I know I can do this! You've made a huge difference for me and my dream!"