Full course description
What will students learn:
Insider view of publishing writing. The goal of this course is to give you a basic understanding of the publishing industry: how it is structured, how to navigate it, and how to make the best choices for your writing life and the life of your books.
What you'll do:
- Week 1: Market Research, Platform and Jacket Copy
- Week 2: Agent List, Professional Correspondence and Query Letter
- Week 3: Some Logistics-- Rights, Contracts, Royalties and Self-Publishing
- Week 4: The Editing Process
- Week 5: Book Design Basics
- Week 6: Research Projects and Presentations
Who this course is designed for:
Fiction and nonfiction writers, authors, novelists, or individuals looking to work in the publishing industry.
What you'll receive:
A certificate of completion
Meet the instructor
Beth Staples is an assistant professor of English and editor of the literary magazine Shenandoah at Washington & Lee University. She has worked as an editor and publishing professional in a variety of jobs: as the assistant director of The Publishing Laboratory at UNC Wilmington, as editor of Lookout Books, as senior editor of Ecotone and as the managing editor of Hayden's Ferry Review.