Do you dream of SELLING YOUR NOVEL TO A MAJOR PUBLISHER? GETTING PAID TO WRITE? BECOMING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR? And SEEING YOUR BOOK ON THE SHELF OF BOOKSTORES AROUND THE WORLD?
This course will teach you exactly how to accomplish all of this...and more.
"Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher" is taught by Jessica Brody, bestselling author of more than fifteen novels published by several major publishers like Simon & Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Disney Press. Her novels have been translated and published in more than 23 countries and two are currently in development as major motion pictures.
In this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind course, Jessica (Udemy’s “Breakout Instructor of 2016”) shares her secrets of success for writing, pitching, and achieving all of your publishing goals.
The road to publication can be a very long, daunting and complicated process with plenty of opportunities to get lost, frustrated and make mistakes that could cost you weeks, even months of wasted time and effort.
In this course, Jessica puts you on the fast-track to selling your novel by laying out a simple, straightforward path to publication, complete with exercises, templates, and tools that will guide you through each step of the process.
“Because of Jessica’s help, I now have an agent and my first book deal.”
- Brad G
"LOVED the Query Letter explanation"
- Jay S.
"As always, Jessica Brody delivers an insider's knowledge and the tools to move forward in the process, now!"
- Sue M.
Whether you’ve already finished a novel, you’re currently working on one, or you’ve been itching to start writing one for months (or even years!), this course will give you the knowledge, insight, and edge that you need to jump start your novel-selling journey including:
But this informative insider's guide doesn’t stop when you land a book deal. Jessica will also walk you through:
“When it came time to query agents, it was Brody’s research techniques and the Magic Query Maximizer system that landed me my “Top Choice” literary agent. This course is the complete package. And as proof, my debut novel sold shortly after following Jessica’s advice.”
- ARA G.
"The style and presentation is tailored to how I get the most from learning."
- MICHAEL T.
"Surprising, useful, and mind opening."
- Rafa D.
With over twenty book contracts from major publishers to date, Jessica Brody packs her 13+ years of publishing industry experience into one easy-to-follow course.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A SELF-PUBLISHING COURSE!
Self publishing (publishing a book yourself) is a perfectly viable option for many authors, but this specific course is about traditional publishing. Or in other words, how to sell your novel to a major publisher.
But what exactly is traditional publishing? And what does it mean to sell your novel to a publisher?
These are just some of the benefits of traditional publishing:
So if you want to learn how ALL of this (and more!) can be part of your publishing journey, join me in this course!
I’m going to share with you the proven techniques and unique strategies that I used to sell my book to a major publisher and become a successful traditionally published author.
And I’m going show you exactly how you can do it too.
So, are you ready to break into the “big leagues” and see your novel on the shelf of your local bookstore?
Check out the free previews to get a sample of what you’ll learn in this course and then enroll to get started on your path to publication today!
"Valuable information for the novelist looking to publish."
- Joe M.
"Jessica is awesome!"
- Lisa M.
REVIEWS FROM JESSICA'S OTHER WRITING MASTERY COURSES:
"This is probably one of the best courses on Udemy." - NEIL, UDEMY STUDENT
"If you write (or plan to write), get this course" - SCOTT, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica hones straight into the kinds of practices that are going to have us zooming towards our writing goals." - DEBORAH, UDEMY STUDENT
"Good pacing, great tools, wonderful ideas... loving this course!" - REGINA, UDEMY STUDENT
"Love the videos. Very easy to understand and lots of great tips!" - LISA, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica is an excellent teacher and the course materials are worth saving." - DEBORAH, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody has a gift for distilling lots of hard-earned information into concise and tasty bites. - KATHERINE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica is a marvelous teacher and I like how she gets to the point and keeps it moving." - KATHYE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody very generously shares her secrets in this fantastic course." - JAYNE, UDEMY STUDENT
"Jessica Brody breaks down these concepts with clarity and amazing insight." - MIKE, UDEMY STUDENT
An introduction to the course and how this course is the "fast track" to selling a novel to a major publisher.
An overview of the main differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing and why this course covers traditional publishing only.
Who this course is for and what to expect moving forward.
Tips and strategies for writing a novel that publishers will want to buy.
How to get your novel ready to submit to agents and publishers.
A few words of inspiration and encouragement as you write and revise your novel.
Introduction to literary agents, why they are essential to your career as a published author, how agents will ultimately help you make more money, and how to spot and avoid "scams" or fraudulent agents.
An overview of the 5 steps to finding the perfect agent to represent your novel.
What a "pitch" is and why writing a good one is a crucial step in selling your novel to agents and publishers.
Learn the definition of a logline, the three ingredients that make up an effective logline, how to write your own loglines, and why a logline is important for pitching your book to agents and publishers.
Learn what an "elevator pitch" is, why it's important, and how an engaging and effective one can help you dazzle literary agents and publishers.
Learn how to write a killer "short synopsis" for your book and how this will ultimately help you sell your novel to a publisher.
Learn how to write an effective "full synopsis" for your novel and why this is an important piece of your agent submission package.
Learn what a "query letter" is and why it's the golden ticket that gets you in the door of the publishing industry. Discover my proven, easy-to-follow "4-Part Query Letter" format that has helped me and several other authors sell their novel to major publishers. Also get an overview of the entire process of querying agents, before diving into each step in more detail.
Dive into the first part of my proven "4-Part Query Letter" format and learn how to hook an agent's attention from the first line of your query.
Dive into the second part of my proven "4-Part Query Letter" format and learn how to hold an agent's attention with a compelling and engaging summary of your book.
Dive into the third part of my proven "4-Part Query Letter" format and learn how to customize your query letters to make each agent feel special and important.
Dive into the fourth and final part of my proven "4-Part Query Letter" format and learn how to effectively sell yourself to an agent and why this is an important element of your query.
A summary of the 4-part query letter format
Some helpful tips about length, perspective and other technical details of drafting your query letter.
An introduction to the most important list, thus far, in your novel-writing career: the Agent Submission List. Plus two handy strategies to choose from for keeping your list (and the agent submission process) organized.
The first (and most important) tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it.
The second tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it.
The third tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it.
The fourth tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it.
The fifth tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it.
The sixth tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it.
How to organize your agent submission list and manage the agent submission process in order to maximize your chances of getting signed with an agent.
An overview of how the agent submission process works and an introduction to Jessica's Magic Query Maximizer system (her secret formula for success!)
A step-by-step breakdown of Jessica's proven Magic Query Maximizer system (the MQM), designed to drastically improve your chances of getting signed by your dream agent.
Tips and strategies for customizing your query letter for each agent on your submission list to improve your chances of getting offered representation.
Some important guidelines about querying agents that could make or break your chances of getting signed by an agent.
How to analyze responses to your query letter and make adjustments to your querying process to maximize results.
How to handle rejections in the agent submission process and how to learn from your rejections to strengthen your manuscript and improve your chances of getting published.
Some words of advice about selling novels in today's marketplace.
Why writing thank you letters to agents is a crucial step of the submission process.
What happens when an agent wants to read your novel and tips on how to proceed, including how to format your manuscript for submission.
What happens when an agent wants to represent you, what due diligence you should do before signing with an agent, and how to deal with multiple offers of representation.
An overview of agency contacts, what the standard clauses are, and what to look out for when signing with an agent.
Answers to common questions about submitting to agents and signing with agents, including tips and info about "exclusives."
A breakdown of key publishing terms that you should know before moving forward in the publishing process.
An overview of the entire process of submitting your novel to publishers.
An inside look at how publishing houses are set up and how they work, so you can better understand the publishing process.
A breakdown of what happens after you sign with an agent and how they will go about submitting your novel to publishers.
A peek inside a publishing house while your manuscript is being considered for publication.
What to expect from your first book deal, plus a breakdown of the different kinds of offers you might receive and how book auctions work.
A thorough breakdown of how, when and how much authors get paid for book deals.
Three important things to look for in your first book contract.
How the royalty clause in your book contract is structured and a breakdown of what it means.
How the subsidiary rights clause in your book contract is structured and a breakdown of what it means. Plus, an explanation of foreign (or "translation") rights and dramatic rights.
How the option clause in your book contract is structured and a breakdown of what it means.
An overview of the publishing process from book sale to publication, another inside look at what's going on inside the publishing house during this time, plus some tips on working with your new editor on your last and final revisions!
An inside look at the copyediting step of the publication process and what, you the author, are responsible for at this stage.
An inside look at the "first pass" or "proof" step of the publication process and what, you the author, are responsible for at this stage.
What to expect when it comes time for your publisher to design your book cover and tips on what to do if you don't like your cover.
An inside look at the ARC (advance reader copy) step of the publication process and why ARCs are an important part of releasing and publicizing your novel.
What to expect in the remaining steps leading up to the publication of your novel, tips for handling reviews (good and bad!) and advice on how to succeed in launching your first book.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the publishing process.
Jessica Brody is the author of more than 15 books for teens, tweens, and adults including Boys of Summer, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays, Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up, and the three books in the sci-fi Unremembered trilogy. She’s also the author of the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie, Descendants. Her books have been translated and published in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as a major motion pictures. She's currently writing the novel edition of the number-one bestselling plotting guide for screenwriters, SAVE THE CAT! She lives with her husband and four dogs and splits her time between California and Colorado.