Benefit from 20 years of experience in writing, publishing, and digital media
Feb. 28: Create an Author Website in 24 Hours or Less
In partnership with Writer’s Digest: Learn how to use WordPress to get your own website up and running in a day or less—often in one evening! Or, if you already have a website or blog, you’ll learn best practices to ensure you’re getting the most out of it. The good news: you don’t have to know any code, understand technical jargon, or have previous experience with websites or blogs. You also don’t need to own your own domain or have a hosting service yet—although you’ll learn the importance of both.
March 8: The Magical Marketing Trifecta
In partnership with Creative Nonfiction: Time is one of the most precious things anyone has, so it’s a smart writer who asks, “Is this online marketing stuff really the best use of my time?” While it can be a highly subjective matter (every career has different needs and phases), this session helps you stand back from the fray of confusing opinions that are out there, and stay focused on your own goals and strengths. Rather than being driven by trends (or what your friends are doing), we’ll look at how you can make the best decision for you.
How to Write a Book Proposal: 10-Step Action Plan
This is a comprehensive, self-study course with Jane Friedman on producing nonfiction book proposals in the digital age. The focus is not just on writing a book proposal that will sell the idea, but that will also sell the book when it finally makes its way to market.
The Great Courses: How to Publish Your Book
In the 24 eye-opening lectures of How to Publish Your Book, Jane Friedman provides you with sought-after secrets of the publishing process that will help you navigate this difficult progression, bypass pitfalls that many novice authors get hung up on, and improve your chances of being considered for publication. She acts as your personal guide though the entire process from finalizing your manuscript, to writing the perfect pitch, to reviewing contracts and marketing your book. She provides the candid scoop on what you need to do in order to increase your chances of being considered. The knowledge you’ll gain by having an inside expert teaching you how to position your book for publication gives you a unique advantage and drastically increases your chances of getting noticed in this increasingly competitive industry.
Self-Study: Become a Ghost-writer
Taught by author Roz Morris: It's easy to find writing advice. But it's not easy to get good guidance about how to ghost-write, what's expected of a ghost-writer and how to avoid the inevitable hazards. This course will teach you how the world of ghost-writing works, how writers get started, how to get commissions, how to pitch to a client, and how to take the project successfully to completion.