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Course Description

Getting a book published can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It can also be one of the most frustrating. Not only is the book industry incredibly specific about how they want you to go about approaching editors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals, but you have to compete with thousands of other aspiring authors.


This course will explore what you need to do to transition from a completed manuscript or nonfiction book idea to book publication, including traditional avenues, options in self-publication, and even ebook applications. It includes everything you need to know about crafting the perfect query letter, creating a nonfiction book proposal, and even what to do in the face of rejection letters. With a comprehensive list of resources to top it all off, there is no better place to turn for learning how to get your book on the shelves and into the hands of readers.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1. Getting Ready for Publication

    Learn how to properly prepare a manuscript for presentation to a literary agent or editor.
  • Lesson 2. Literary Agents

    Learn how a literary agent works, and how to choose a good one.
  • Lesson 3. Landing an Agent

    Landing an agent is not easy, but this lesson will help offer advice for getting noticed.
  • Lesson 4. Crafting a Fiction Query

    This lesson explains the major components of a well written query letter.
  • Lesson 5. The Nonfiction Process

    Learn the difference between a fiction and a nonfiction book proposal in this lesson.
  • Lesson 6. Big Publishing Houses

    Understanding what major publishing houses expect and how to meet their requirements is discussed in this lesson.
  • Lesson 7. Small Publishers

    Learn what types of books smaller houses publish and how to approach them.
  • Lesson 8. Handling Rejection

    Learn how to handle rejection professionally and positively.
  • Lesson 9. Getting noticed in the Book Community

    Learn how to get your book noticed by literary agents and others in the book publishing industry.
  • Lesson 10. About Self-Publication

    Learn the difference between self-publication and POD publishing and its drawbacks and benefits.
  • Lesson 11. The Realities of Self-Publishing

    Learn about special requirements or tasks someone who self-publishes may need to know.
  • Lesson 12. e-Books

    e-Books and electronic reading devices are growing more popular. This lesson explains what they are and how they can help you publish

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Course Title: Book Publishing 101
Course Number: 7550273
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the details of preparing a work for publication.
  • Summarize the role and purpose of Literary Agents.
  • Describe the procedures to landing an agent.
  • Demonstrate writing a fiction query.
  • Distinguish the differences between big publishing houses and small publisher.
  • Summarize the techniques used to better handle rejection.
  • Describe the pros and cons of self-publishing.
  • Determine whether or not e-books is right for your publication, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 Assignment Assignment20
Quiz for Lesson 1: Getting Ready for PublicationExam10
Lesson 2 Assignment Assignment25
Quiz for Lesson 2: Literary AgentsExam10
Lesson 3 Assignment Assignment30
Quiz for Lesson 3: Landing an AgentExam9
Lesson 4 Assignment Assignment20
Quiz for Lesson 4: Crafting a Fiction QueryExam10
Lesson 5 Assignment Assignment35
Quiz for Lesson 5: The Nonfiction ProcessExam10
Lesson 6 Assignment Assignment20
Quiz for Lesson 6: Big Publishing HousesExam10
Lesson 7 Assignment Assignment30
Quiz for Lesson 7: Small PublishersExam10
Lesson 8 Assignment Assignment25
Quiz for Lesson 8: Handling RejectionExam10
Lesson 9 Assignment Assignment20
Quiz for Lesson 9: Getting Noticed in the Book CommunityExam10
Lesson 10 Assignment Assignment25
Quiz for Lesson 10: About Self-PublicationExam10
Lesson 11 Assignment Assignment20
Quiz for Lesson 11: The Realities of Self-PublishingExam10
Lesson 12 Assignment Assignment20
Quiz for Lesson 12: eBooksExam9
The Final ExamExam59
Total Points:472

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  • "I liked the written lessons or the choice of video. This is very helpful because people learn in different ways." -- Vicki V.
  • "Thought the course was great! Felt like I learned a lot!" -- Kimber C.
  • "There were many aspects of the publishing process I only had sketchy information on, or misinformation altogether. This course was highly informative." -- Scott W.
  • "As an author I found this so helpful in ways to allow me to self-publish." -- Ryan R.
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