The Art and Business of Getting Published: Traditional, Indie, and Everything in Between
with Jeff Kleinman & Regina Brooks
In this comprehensive masterclass, you’ll learn not just the foundational principles of getting a book published, but you’ll also gain expert insight into the changing landscape of the publishing industry, and how you can navigate your own path toward success. Learn what it takes to capture the attention of a New York publisher or literary agent, plus when self-publishing might be best suited for your content or business goals.
This masterclass will cover:
- How to evaluate the commercial potential of your project and what it takes to appeal to a mainstream publisher or literary agent—plus how to use databases and online tools to identify the right home for your work.
- What professional submission materials look like. Your query letter should be short and sweet and pack a punch. Learn what it means to sell your story, and how to avoid problems that plague (and sabotage) authors.
- Query letter and pitch session workshop. Hone your query letter and work on your book’s one-sentence description.
- When a literary agent is necessary or desirable. You’ll learn about what the role of today’s literary agent looks like and how it is evolving, what standard agenting practices are, how to evaluate the ideal agent for your work, and how to practice proper author etiquette within the agent-author relationship.
- The author platform dilemma. Not too far into your publishing journey, you’ll hear agents and editors talk about platform. You’ll learn what an author platform is, when it’s necessary for mainstream publication, why it’s often necessary to have one to get published. You’ll also get tips on how to be a good “literary citizen,” which can be comparable to a platform. There aren’t easy answers, but you’ll learn what industry expectations are, and how data and meta tags have created new opportunities for content rich creators.
- How publishers market books (or not) and the role that authors play as publishing partners for sales success.
- You’ll also learn how to evaluate if your content is ideal for a book format or another medium such as podcast, course, or documentary.
At the end of the class, you’ll have a comprehensive, business understanding of the book publishing industry and an author’s place in the ecosystem of agents, publishers, and retailers. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the commercial publishing business model, and how you can approach the process with the right expectations and mindset.
4 Mornings: Monday 11/7 – Thursday 11/10, 9:00am-12:00pm
A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.
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