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Crash Course in Children’s Publishing: Everything You Need to Know – Online Course 2020

October 7 - December 9, 2020

Online Course Info:

This is a ten-week online course featuring live sessions with faculty, pre-recorded lectures, writing exercises, community interaction, goal-setting and a 1:1 consultation with faculty.

You can watch some previews of the course here:
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Understand how the children’s book publishing industry works, including writing, revising, submitting, publishing, and marketing a book for children, teens, or young adults. Learn details about the editorial development process, including what to do once you have a finished book. All of this will be covered in this ten-week online course, plus you’ll have a 1:1 consultation with faculty after the course to discuss your specific work and goals.

The course is divided into 10 sessions:
Crash Course

  • Session 1: Introduction to the Crash Course
  • Session 2: Books, Publishers, Markets and More
  • Session 3: Getting Started with Your Story
  • Session 4: Getting Started as a Professional
  • Session 5: Digging into Character
  • Session 6: Research, Submission, Query Letters
  • Session 7: Getting the Deal
  • Session 8: Digging Into Illustration
  • Session 9: What Comes After: The Editing and Publishing Process
  • Session 10: Where Do We Go From Here?

What You’ll Learn:

This is a workshop for serious beginners: learn all you need to know about the business of publishing children’s books! You will:

  • Explore genres of books, types of publishers, types of markets; fiction vs. nonfiction, flat fee vs. royalties, school & libraries.
  • Find out how to get help before you submit: books, conferences, critique groups, beta readers, children.
  • Use writing exercises to get to know your characters and develop your stories.
  • Understand submissions rules and practices: which mistakes to avoid.
  • Find out how to get started as a professional and find your community.
  • Learn about how publishers sign up manuscripts and how to make sense of contracts.
  • Discover the publishing process: developmental editing, line-editing, copyediting and proofreading, design & illustration, production, marketing & distribution.

Attend If:

  • You are a serious beginner. Are you tired of exhaustive online searches, hard-to-sift-through information, or lack of practical advice? This course is a great way to get a jump start on your goals.
  • You want to write for children but don’t know how to get started. Our goal is to demystify children’s publishing and answer ALL of your questions about the process.
  • You’ve written a story for children but have no idea about how to submit it to publishers. This course will give you best practices for revising and submitting your work.
  • You have sold some stories to children’s magazines and would now like to learn more about the book publishing process. Perfect! We’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at all that goes on, from submission to publication.
  • You’re ready to devote some time to learn and practice. This course offers long-term support over 9 weeks and allows you to learn at your own pace.

Preliminary Agenda

The course is divided up into 10 sessions, each with a different topic. Here are the session topics and dates (all times are Eastern):

Week 1: Introduction to the Crash Course
October 7
LIVE Zoom session, 8 pm
Introductions, overview, goal setting.

October 8
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 2: Books, Publishers, Markets and More
October 14
Pre-recorded content released

  • Types and genres in the children’s book industry
  • Types of publishers, and who’s who
  • Today’s children’s book market
  • Additional resources, including Matthew Winner’s “Writers Are Readers” and more!

October 15
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 3: Getting Started with Your Story
October 21
LIVE Zoom session, 8 pm
Pre-recorded content released

  • Reading current books, and how to do it
  • Building your industry knowledge
  • Getting feedback and revising
  • Additional resources, including review sources, how-to books, and more!

October 22
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 4: Getting Started as a Professional
October 28
Pre-recorded content released

  • Getting started as a writer
  • Finding community, caring for yourself as a creative, and dedicating time to your craft
  • Additional resources, including “You’re Never Too Old to Write” and more!

October 29
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 5: Digging Into Character
November 4
LIVE Zoom session, 8 pm

  • Knowing your characters: creative exercises
  • Character backstory
  • Little known facts
  • Character voice
  • Character interview
  • Place as character

November 5
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 6: Research, Submission, Query Letters
November 11
LIVE Zoom session, 8 pm
Pre-recorded content released

  • Publishers and Editors
  • Agents & What They Do
  • Submissions
  • Additional resources including, “Query Writing is All About the Pitch” and more!

November 12
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 7: Getting the Deal
November 18
LIVE Zoom session, 8 pm
Pre-recorded content released

  • Acquisitions
  • The contract
  • Understanding terms and royalties
  • What to WATCH OUT for
  • Additional resources including “Believing After 10 Rejections” and more!

November 19
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 8: Digging Into Illustration
November 25
Pre-recorded content released


Week 9: What Comes After: The Editing and Publishing Process
December 2
Pre-recorded content released

  • Developmental editing, line-editing, copyediting and proofreading.
  • Design and illustration
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Distribution
  • The “End”
  • Additional resources including a video highlighting self-publishing in today’s market, and more!

December 3
LIVE Zoom Office Hour, 11 am


Week 10: Where Do We Go From Here?
December 9
LIVE Zoom final session, 8 pm

  • Questions you still have
  • Evaluating your goals and next steps of action
  • Preparing for individual consultations

After the online sessions: book your 1:1 consultation with faculty.

Resources:

Who should attend? Watch the video.
Into the Woods podcast talks with Harold Underdown about the online Crash Course
7 Quick Tips for Beginning Writers
How to Start Revising That First Draft
Getting Out of the Slush Pile
Questions to ask BEFORE you submit your story or art

Testimonials:

“I was able to confidently complete my draft and query letter. It was the highlight (no pun intended) of my year! Thank you. I am looking forward to working with my mentor, as well.”

“I loved getting deep insight into the children’s book world today, and also a better understanding of the business of the publishing world and how to navigate it. It was a comprehensive overview – and the instructors were positive and supportive.”

“I can’t say enough about the instructors. The knowledge they shared was incredible and in a very non-threatening manner to one who is just trying to get started. I found encouragement in the midst of the reality of the hard work and time requirements.”

“I am thrilled with this experience. So many of my questions have been answered and I learned a great deal. Harold is wonderful and I enjoyed listening to him. Allison did a great job, too, especially about query letters.”

Faculty

Harold Underdown

Harold is an independent children’s book editor and consultant who works with authors and publishers on manuscripts, books, and strategy.…
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Leah Henderson

Leah Henderson has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures, she is…
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$399.00