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If you want to get your book traditionally published in 2012—be it fiction, nonfiction, a kids book, or a memoir—know that by following the right steps, it can be done.

Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made—meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.

This intensive and information-filled tutorial, taught by e-media guru Jane Friedman, helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. You’ll get practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction—plus back-door methods to networking with agents and editors.

Jane Friedman is the web editor for the Virginia Quarterly Review. Before joining VQR, Jane was the publisher of Writer’s Digest and spent two years as a full-time professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. Her expertise on technology and publishing has been featured on NPR, PBS, and Publishers Weekly, and her social media presence is often cited as a model to follow in the writing community.

In this intensive 110-minute tutorial video, you’ll learn:

  • How to evaluate how close you are to getting a traditional deal—and if you’re really ready to start submitting
  • The critical differences between pitching fiction and nonfiction, as well as differences in pitching narrative-driven works, information-driven works, and illustrated works
  • Whether you need a platform, what that platform needs to look like to impress an agent or editor, and how to build that platform
  • How Google affects your chances of getting published (really!)
  • Best free and paid resources for identifying agents and publishers that are receptive to your work
  • How to tell a good agent from a not-so-good agent
  • The basic pitch formula that is assured to get the attention of an editor or an agent
  • How book proposals must be adapted for the digital era of publishing
  • How to identify flaws in your approach, submission materials, or concept
  • The 3 biggest time-wasters when pursuing traditional publication
  • When it’s time to consider self-publishing or e-publishing

Avoid frustration—don’t embark on the submission process in 2012 without being fully educated about how the industry works, from an impartial point of view. You will better focus your time and energy, increase your chances of success, and learn to decipher the language of industry professionals.

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