Creative Writing - Make your Book Pitch-ready

Take your novel, non-fiction book or story / poetry collection from draft to submission and beyond.
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  • Lectures 13
  • Contents Video: 43 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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!

What is the target audience?

  • 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

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the course
02:37

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

Section 2: The Manuscript
02:47

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

Manuscript content
4 questions
03:16

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

Manuscript layout
2 questions
04:08

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

Table of contents
1 question
Section 3: Synopsis, elevator pitch and tagline
03:32

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

02:59

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

Synopses, Elevator Pitches and Taglines
3 questions
00:16

Morgen checks in to see how you are getting on.

Section 4: Cover letter
06:07

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

Cover letter
1 question
Section 5: What next?
03:44

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

04:17

Pitch to an agent or publisher with confidence.

Pitching to an agent or publisher
1 question
06:04

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

00:17

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

Section 6: Conclusion
02:38

Conclusion, Morgen's other courses and her thanks!

2 questions

Which four famous authors were mentioned in this course?

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Instructor Biography

Morgen Bailey, Creative writing tutor, writer, blogger and freelance editor

Hello. I'm Morgen With An E, a writer for over ten years (although I do remember writing a story about an ampersand when young and dabbling with limericks in my 20s, and I've always had my head in a book; formerly Stephen King but my tastes have softened somewhat… to crime and humour). Apart from killing people on paper, I also blog, am a freelance editor, and tutor for Northamptonshire County Council's Adult Learning team providing evening / Saturday creative writing and I.T. classes to the general public aged 19+.

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