Course Code: iwm
Start by taking a quick tour of the publishing opportunities on the Web and the many ways to earn income with your writing. You'll find out which ones give you the most control over your content and which ones pay the best. And you'll meet some writers who've used the Web to become very successful! Then you'll learn about credentials and the important part they play in making a profit from your writing.
Learn some of the techniques you can use to search for potential outlets for your writing, and resources that will help you pick the best sites for that content. You’ll also create a writer's résumé that will highlight your credentials and target each subject area you're interested in. Then you'll find out how to pick the publishing credits that will get you the most notice from editors.
This lesson is all about finding and connecting with paying markets which can be a great way to boost your writing income. Then, you're going to learn about the most important secret on the Web: passive income.
In this lesson, you'll read about ways to use your passion to create a blog or content site to monetize your self-published content, no matter what you want to write about. Then, whether you want to publish novels or nonfiction or illustrated picture books, the technology is now available to make publishing and marketing your own e-books easy, too.
The Internet may not seem a likely place for creative writing—but it can be if you know where to find the markets. In this lesson, we'll look at fan fiction and how copyright laws affect your ability to publish your own work using worlds that other writers have created. You’ll also learn about publishing your work in serial form so you can earn as you write. Then explore niche areas for publishing non-fiction such as article directories, writing as a guide, sharing your opinion in various ways, and providing training.
Research is integral to the writing process these days, and while good search engine skills simplify things, sometimes you need other resources. You’ll learn everything you need to know about proper research in this lesson. And finally, you’ll explore tools of the trade, fill in a checklist of market options, and set your publishing goals. Planning is the key to making your long-term vision for your career a reality, so be prepared to spend some time on this part of the process.
Linda Aksomitis has a master's degree in adult vocational/technical education, with a minor in English. She has published 25 books for readers of all ages (fiction and nonfiction), including numerous e-books, and she has a few thousand publications in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet. She's been an acquisitions editor for an e-publisher, Webmaster of half a dozen websites, managing editor and Webmaster for an Internet magazine, and she maintains two active blogs. Linda traces all of her publishing success to the Internet and the contacts she's made in cyberspace.
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.
Not only is Linda Aksomitis an expert on her subject matter, she is most generous with that knowledge. One feels certain that Linda wants her students to take away as much as possible from the course, to apply it to their own endeavors and be successful."
Our instructor did a fantastic job! We covered a lot of material in this class, but I never felt overwhelmed or bogged down. All of the information she gave us was presented in a way that made it very easy to digest. We received a ton of supplementary material to go along with the topics we explored, too. I couldn't have asked for a more thorough introduction to writing markets on the internet. I am very happy with my experience taking this course. Thanks for the opportunity!"
Linda is an outstanding teacher! She is unbelievably accessible in the discussion area and always so helpful...She is a model for all teachers. Beyond that the course was fascinating. I have taken all three of Linda's courses, and only wish she taught more. An incredible asset to the ed2go family!"
Excellent course, full of information and tips that I would never have figured out on my own. Linda Aksomitis is a phenomenal teacher and supportive guide, and her lessons are all organized in a way that is easily accessible. The resources, too, are all indispensable. The assignments were directly useful and helped me formulate a plan to finally jump into action and get online with my writing. I'm so grateful for this course!"
This course was far more than I originally expected and that's an excellent assessment because I loved this class. Our instructor, Linda Aksomitis, is a master teacher. Each lesson was engaging and incorporated various learning styles. I am excited to implement all that I learned. I would highly recommend this course to others and have already done so."
Ms Aksomitis provides a vast wealth of information, very well organized, interestingly and clearly presented, along with real-time exercises to enforce major points (games!), and methods that prompt discussion of topics rather than just assigned work [she uses "Let's chat!" prompts]. My questions and assignments were answered very promptly (often within the same day!), and additional information was provided, when requested. Her supplementary materials were excellent, prompting many hours of investigating them and related materials, and she even provided "bonus" materials (checklists)for helping to organize and focus your efforts. I truly felt she wanted me (and all my classmates) to learn, succeed and excel in using what she taught--and that is inspirational!"
I am so glad I took this course. I have always wanted to be a writer but did not have the knowledge needed to make it happen. I am now faced with a situation where due to an illness will not be able to continue working at a demanding physical job. This course has provided me with an enormous amount of knowledge and resources to start down the path to being a writer while I am still able to earn a living at my current work. Because of the quality and content of the course taught by this teacher I have already signed up for another course offered by her through your website. I would highly recommend using this teacher for other courses related to writing."
I appreciate Linda's experience, professionalism, and resource listings. As an author in various media, she is a valuable online mentor. She is a master teacher. Thank you, Linda, for all your courses!"
FANTASTIC! I loved this course...the most informative and useful course I've taken at ed2go to date (I've taken 22). Linda Aksomitis obviously loves what she does and she does it very well. I will take all of her available courses."
This course was the best ever! It was challenging, yet extremely resourceful, and beyond my expectations. The instructor provided an exceptional amount of knowledge. It is obvious she knows the subject matter extremely well. Excellent, excellent course! Thank you!"