Creative Writing - Make your Book Pitch-ready
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Creative Writing - Make your Book Pitch-ready

Take your novel, non-fiction book or story / poetry collection from draft to submission and beyond.
4.5 (4 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
543 students enrolled
Created by Morgen Bailey
Last updated 9/2015
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 43 mins on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • polish the layout of their manuscripts
  • ensure the manuscripts contain the correct content
  • create a table of contents for non-fiction books, short story and poetry collections etc.
  • create a punchy tagline and elevator pitch
  • create synopses to the length required by the agent or publisher
  • confidently pitch to an agent face-to-face
  • handle rejections and acceptances!
  • Novelists should have a completed – or near to completed – manuscript and know it well in order to create a synopsis, elevator pitch, tagline, and cover letter.
  • Short story writers and poets should have the stories / poems written with an idea of the running order.

This course covers the key aspects required to take your book from its final draft to submission to an industry professional as well as an overview of dealing with rejections and acceptances.The eleven lectures consist of audio-accompanied videos, back-up resources (documents, pictures and videos) or quizzes.Starting with the manuscript's content and layout, this course then looks at creating a synopsis, elevator pitch and tagline, creating a cover letter then looks at the submission process, how to handle rejections and what to do when you are accepted.This course is ideal for anyone who has completed - or is nearing completion of - a novel, non-fiction book or collection of short stories or poetry. It provides encouragement for anyone who has been rejected - or fears it - with statistics of authors who have made it despite the odds being against them.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is suitable for writers of fiction or non-fiction who are looking to have their book published.
  • For those writers who have the components of their book completed but want a checklist to ensure they submit the correct package
Course content
Expand all 13 lectures 42:42
+ Introduction to the course
1 lecture 02:37

An overview of the course and checklist for the manuscript, synopsis and cover letter.

Preview 02:37
+ The Manuscript
3 lectures 10:11

Ensure your manuscript so that it has the correct content including an introduction, prologue, epilogue, and table of contents.

Preview 02:47
Manuscript content
4 questions

Choose the right title, know whether to include a table of contents, distinguish chapter endings and section breaks, lay out the manuscript correctly.

Preview 03:16
Manuscript layout
2 questions

Step-by-step instructions on how to create a table of contents.

Preview 04:08
Table of contents
1 question
+ Synopsis, elevator pitch and tagline
3 lectures 06:47

Know what to include, when to write a synopsis, and how long it should be.


Create taglines that speak volumes and elevator pitches that will have the agent, editor or publisher wanting to know more.

Elevator pitch and tagline
Synopses, Elevator Pitches and Taglines
3 questions

Morgen checks in to see how you are getting on.

How are you getting on?
+ Cover letter
1 lecture 06:07

Create a polished cover letter looking at its contents, how agents deal with submissions, and making the writing pop!

Cover letter
Cover letter
1 question
+ What next?
4 lectures 14:22

Submit to the correct market, choose between an agent or publisher, and what they look for.

Agent or Publisher?

Pitch to an agent or publisher with confidence.

Pitching your book
Pitching to an agent or publisher
1 question

Handle rejections and know what to do once you are accepted.

Rejections and Acceptances

Morgen checks in again to see what you thought of the course.

How did you get on?
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 02:38

Conclusion, Morgen's other courses and her thanks!


Which four famous authors were mentioned in this course?

Famous authors
2 questions