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Publishing Opportunities for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers-2020 is a Course

Publishing Opportunities for Fiction and Nonfiction Writers-2020

Oct 17 - Nov 21, 2020

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Full course description


October 17, 2020


6 weeks






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

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.