How to Get Published — Syllabus

New York City classes

The syllabus varies from teacher to teacher, term to term. But many of the topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.

Online classes

A Book is a Product: Defining your book (product). Types of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. Hooks and angles. Titles. Nonfiction book proposals. The physical manuscript/proposal. Query letters. Novel synopsis. (Samples are provided for query letters, nonfiction book proposals, and novel synopses.)

The Publishing World: Understanding publishing houses, editors, and agents. How readers are accessed. The promotional role of today's author. Self-publishing.

Zeroing In, Sending Out: Should you approach agents or editors first? Criteria to consider for agents and editors. Number of targets to choose. Researching the right agents and editors for your book. What to send, how to send it.

Acceptance and Rejection: The slush pile. Deciphering responses. Keeping track of submissions. Dealing with rejection. What to do when an agent or editor says yes. Contracts. The preparation process. The writing community. Other writing outlets. Sharpening skills. Attitude.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.