Publish with Confidence: Develop Your Career as an Author

Learn the ropes of the book industry in an informative, conversational setting. You can do this!
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Rating: 3.9 out of 5 (59 ratings)
5,047 students
58min of on-demand video
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You'll be able to make an informed decision regarding which publishing path to take for your next project.
I'll help you determine your manuscript's category, genre, and designation, i.e. a New Adult romantic suspense novel v. a YA fantasy novella.
You'll be able to write query letters and enter pitch/250 contests with confidence.
I'm going to show you the ropes and give you insider information on authorial netiquette—in other words, I'm going to help you avoid ticking off prospective readers, reviewers, and fellow authors.
Speaking of which, I'm also going to give you a heads-up on things you might need to brace yourself for, i.e. trolls, pirates, taxes, etc.
You'll gain the knowhow to avoid gimmicks and shortcuts that can really hurt your career in the long term.
For those of you who are interested in self-publishing, I'm going to give you my personal step-by-step process and time frame.
To complement that, I'm going to show you how to either outsource or DIY most of the necessary components, i.e. graphic design, editing, formatting, etc.
Then I'll point out some traditional methods you can tweak to market your books (and your brand) in our ever-changing industry.
You'll learn where and how to find a community, because you will need one. Believe me.
Finally, you'll learn how to treat your writing career as a small business—equipping you with the right mindset to succeed!


  • This course is most helpful to those with a finished manuscript, but it's not mandatory—just know that writing craft will not be covered.


Note: This course was created in 2015, so a few things have changed since then, i.e. the Big 6 is now the Big 5, NA Alley (like the popularity of NA itself) went the way of the dodo, ads are a bigger deal than they were a few years ago, etc. But don't worry. The core concepts hold up!


Course highlights: 

  • A mix of formats keep the material entertaining, i.e. animated video presentations, screencasts, worksheets, etc.

  • I don't hold back. If I think something will be potentially harmful to your career, I'm going to tell you—even if it's popular right now.

  • For an overview of the material covered, click below to expand What am I going to get from this course?

I don't know about you, but I'm excited. Are you ready to get started?

Who this course is for:

  • This course is aimed at pre-published fiction authors, but the information is relevant to all stages.
  • This course is not a gimmick promising guaranteed success and one-size-fits-all publishing strategies. Sorry, you won't find the magic bullet here (or anywhere).


Award-winning Author and Entrepreneur
Carrie Butler
  • 3.9 Instructor Rating
  • 59 Reviews
  • 5,047 Students
  • 1 Course

Carrie Butler is an award-winning author and graphic designer. Time away from her desk is spent playing with her dog, yelling at the TV during hockey season, and indulging in various forms of geekery—not to mention wielding a thousand-degree pen!

The Mark of Nexus series has appeared on Amazon bestselling, top-rated, and hot new release lists in various genres. It has also been mentioned in publications like USA Today and Writing New Adult Fiction—a how-to from Writer’s Digest

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