Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher (Writing Mastery)
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A comprehensive, step-by-step insider’s guide to selling your book and becoming a paid, published author
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Created by Jessica Brody
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  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 42 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • The fastest, most effective way to sell your novel to a major publisher
  • A clear, straightforward path to getting published "traditionally"
  • How authors make additional income from their novels without lifting a finger
  • How to find the best agent to represent you and avoid publishing scams
  • How film agents work to turn your book into a movie or TV show
  • How to write a query letter that will have agents begging to read your manuscript
  • The process of selling your book in multiple languages to publishers around the world
  • The "Magic Query Maximizer" - a unique, proven system for maximizing responses from agents
  • The four key methods of pitching your novel to agents and editors
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Requirements
  • A computer or pen and paper
  • The desire to write a novel, a working draft, or a finished novel
Description

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:

  • The four key methods of effectively “pitching” your novel
  • How to write a query letter that will have agents begging to read your manuscript
  • The six tools for finding the perfect agent to represent your work
  • The Magic Query Maximizer—Jessica’s unique, proven method for maximizing responses from agents
  • How to identify reputable agents and avoid publishing “scams”
  • And everything you need to know about selling your novel!

But this informative insider's guide doesn’t stop when you land a book deal. Jessica will also walk you through:

  • Navigating your first book contract
  • The journey from book deal to book release
  • The process of selling your novel in multiple languages to publishers around the world
  • How film agents work to turn your book into a movie or TV show
  • Understanding advances and royalties
  • How authors make additional income on their novels without lifting a finger
  • What happens behind-the-scenes of a publishing house
  • And so much more!


“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:

  • Getting paid up-front for your book.
  • No out of pocket expenses incurred by you throughout the entire publishing process.
  • Working directly with an experienced editor and editorial team to ensure that your novel is the very best quality it can be when it releases to the public.
  • Being able to focus almost exclusively on writing - As a traditionally published author, you typically don’t have to deal with the many other facets of the publishing process like marketing, publicity, sales, design, production, or distribution
  • A dedicated sales team whose job is to get your book on the shelf of large and small bookstores around the world, which may include giant retailers like Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Target, WHSmith, Walmart, Chapters, Costco, and grocery stores. 
  • An in-house book publicist (at no cost to you!) whose job is to set up bookstore signings, festivals, events and possibly even nationwide book tours, as well as securing you TV and radio appearances, interviews, and reviews in local and national publications.
  • Being represented by an literary agent who sells your novel to publishers all over the world (This falls under the category of "translation rights" - the right to translate your book in other languages, which we talk about extensively in this course)
  • Working with film agents in Hollywood to make sure your book has the best possible chance of being adapted for film or television. 

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




Who is the target audience?
  • Writers who want to become published authors
  • Writers looking to be paid UP FRONT for their novels
  • Writers who want to sell their book to a major publisher
  • Writers looking to publish their novel "traditionally"
  • Anyone who's interested in the publishing industry and how it works
  • This course is NOT for writers looking to self-publish their novels
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Curriculum For This Course
61 Lectures
05:21:25
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Introduction
4 Lectures 12:33

An introduction to the course and how this course is the "fast track" to selling a novel to a major publisher. 

Preview 02:32

An overview of the main differences between self-publishing and traditional publishing and why this course covers traditional publishing only. 

Preview 03:19

Who this course is for and what to expect moving forward. 

Preview 03:39

An overview of the entire process of traditionally publishing a novel (from writing to release), aka "the Life Cycle of a Novel" 

Preview 03:03
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Writing and Revising Your Novel
3 Lectures 09:04

Tips and strategies for writing a novel that publishers will want to buy. 

Writing Your Novel
04:37

How to get your novel ready to submit to agents and publishers.  

Revising Your Novel
03:22

A few words of inspiration and encouragement as you write and revise your novel.

Words of Advice on Writing and Revising
01:05
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Introduction to Literary Agents
2 Lectures 14:42

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. 

Preview 08:10

An overview of the 5 steps to finding the perfect agent to represent your novel. 

Finding an Agent - Overview
06:32
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Creating and Perfecting Your Pitch
5 Lectures 34:32

What a "pitch" is and why writing a good one is a crucial step in selling your novel to agents and publishers.

Preview 05:23

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. 

The Logline
09:30

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. 

The Elevator Pitch
08:33

Learn how to write a killer "short synopsis" for your book and how this will ultimately help you sell your novel to a publisher. 

The Short Synopsis
06:45

Learn how to write an effective "full synopsis" for your novel and why this is an important piece of your agent submission package. 

The Full Synopsis
04:21
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Writing Your Query Letter
7 Lectures 28:21

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. 

Introduction to the Query Letter
07:29

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. 

Part 1: Hook Their Attention
05:41

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. 

Part 2: The Book Summary
02:45

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. 

Part 3: Why This Agent?
00:47

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.  

Part 4: All About You
04:48

A summary of the 4-part query letter format

Query Letter Summary
02:22

Some helpful tips about length, perspective and other technical details of drafting your query letter. 

Technical Details
04:29
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Researching Agents
8 Lectures 30:04

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 Agent Submission List
05:57

The first (and most important) tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it. 

Agent Research Tool #1
07:17

The second tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it. 

Agent Research Tool #2
02:43

The third tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it. 

Agent Research Tool #3
03:24

The fourth tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it. 

Agent Research Tool #4
03:04

The fifth tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it. 

Agent Research Tool #5
00:59

The sixth tool for researching agents to submit to and how to use it. 

Agent Research Tool #6
04:30

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. 

Organizing Your List
02:10
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Submitting to Agents
12 Lectures 01:22:53

An overview of how the agent submission process works and an introduction to Jessica's Magic Query Maximizer system (her secret formula for success!)

Preview 03:00

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. 

The Magic Query Maximizer (MQM)
09:54

Tips and strategies for customizing your query letter for each agent on your submission list to improve your chances of getting offered representation. 

Customizing Your Query Letters
04:55

Some important guidelines about querying agents that could make or break your chances of getting signed by an agent. 

General Dos and Don'ts of Querying
02:32

How to analyze responses to your query letter and make adjustments to your querying process to maximize results. 

Receiving Responses and Analyzing Results
03:41

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. 

Getting Rejections
20:28

Some words of advice about selling novels in today's marketplace.

Selling In vs. Selling Out
05:23

Why writing thank you letters to agents is a crucial step of the submission process. 

Thank You Letters
01:51

What happens when an agent wants to read your novel and tips on how to proceed, including how to format your manuscript for submission. 

Getting Interest
03:55

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. 

Getting Signed
06:06

An overview of agency contacts, what the standard clauses are, and what to look out for when signing with an agent. 

Agency Contracts
08:42

Answers to common questions about submitting to agents and signing with agents, including tips and info about "exclusives."

Frequently Asked Questions about Agents
12:26
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Selling Your Novel
7 Lectures 49:56

A breakdown of key publishing terms that you should know before moving forward in the publishing process. 

Key Publishing Terms
05:03

An overview of the entire process of submitting your novel to publishers. 

The Publisher Submission Process
03:04

An inside look at how publishing houses are set up and how they work, so you can better understand the publishing process. 

Publishing Houses: A Road Map
02:19

A breakdown of what happens after you sign with an agent and how they will go about submitting your novel to publishers. 

Revisions and Submissions
07:44

A peek inside a publishing house while your manuscript is being considered for publication. 

Publishing Houses: A Peek Inside
05:45

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. 

Offers and Auctions
08:00

A thorough breakdown of how, when and how much authors get paid for book deals. 

Money and Advances
18:01
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Navigating Your First Book Contract
4 Lectures 21:57

Three important things to look for in your first book contract. 

An Overview of Book Contracts
02:37

How the royalty clause in your book contract is structured and a breakdown of what it means. 

Royalties
01:44

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. 

Subsidiary Rights
10:53

How the option clause in your book contract is structured and a breakdown of what it means. 

Option Clauses
06:43
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The Publishing Process
7 Lectures 35:40

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! 

Your Last Revision
05:32

An inside look at the copyediting step of the publication process and what, you the author, are responsible for at this stage. 

Copyediting
03:44

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. 

First Pass Pages
02:40

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. 

Cover Art
04:20

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. 

ARCs
03:47

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. 

What to Expect Leading Up to Publication
07:33

Answers to frequently asked questions about the publishing process. 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Publishing Process
08:04
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About the Instructor
Jessica Brody
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International Bestselling Author, Screenwriter & Story Coach

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.