What is the course about?
This course is designed for students who already have already planned a self-publishing project (poetry, fiction or non-fiction) and are looking for guidance on the writing, editing and marketing of their book.
The Tutor: Helen Cox holds an MA in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of York St John. She started out in self-publishing in 2010 and has been published widely in journalism, non fiction and poetry. Helen currently writes novels for Quercus Books and has taught creative writing for more than a decade. She has also been invited to speak on numerous radio programmes including BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
What will we cover?
- Myths about the world of publishing.
- Finding your audience.
- The role of research.
- Perfecting your manuscript to publishable standard.
- Platforms for promotion.
- Budgetery considerations.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand how to research your topic and audience.
- Understand how to give your book the best chance of achieving higher sales.
- Understand how to create a realistic budget for publication.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed a beginners course in creative writing and have a specific self-publishing fiction or non-fiction project in mind.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
A mix of pair work, group discussion, tutor instruction, analysis tasks and writing tasks.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Writing materials. An outline for your book.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
All students are invited to join us at City Lit Talks Back, our monthly performance night for City Lit writers. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there's no need to book in advance. Students are also encouraged to submit to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.
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See the course guide for term dates and further details