Know Your Publishing Options

Make the right decisions for your book

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The world of publishing can be confusing and intimidating. This course is your map to navigating the different paths to publication, from the traditional Big 5 to the DIY ethos of self-publishing. Along the way you'll find out about the emerging possibilities of social and online publishing and learn how to identify and avoid the scams.

This course is entirely free because we want all writers to be armed with the core knowledge needed to pursue a safe and rewarding writing career.

In this 1-week, straight-to-the-point course you will:

  • Find the best publishing path for your specific book
  • Identify what you want to achieve with your writing
  • Learn how to avoid author scams and bad contracts
  • Explore the best route into traditional publishing
  • Find out how to get started with self-publishing
  • Get tips for promoting yourself and your book
  • Discover platforms for distributing your work online
  • Learn about the productivity benefits of serialised writing
  • Get access to a huge range of links, resources and further reading

What is this course?

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Course contents

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish and you can go through it at any speed.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What do I need?
This course is entirely free. All you need to do is sign up for a free account and you'll get instant access to the entire course. You can access it on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile.

Your Instructor

National Centre for Writing
National Centre for Writing

The National Centre for Writing celebrates and explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation. Our on-going programme of innovative collaborations engages writers, literary translators and readers, in person and online, in projects that support new voices and new stories, and respond to the rapidly changing world of writing.

We’re based at the historic Dragon Hall in Norwich in the UK, where workshops and mentoring are regularly available for writers at all levels, both face-to-face and online. Projects range from major international partnerships to vibrant festivals such as the Internatinoal Literature Showcase and the City of Literature strand at the Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

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