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How to Get Your Book Published

Improve your 'shelf'-esteem…

Unsure how to scale the ivory tower walls of traditional publishing? We’ll show you how to get your manuscript over the line. More detail

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Upcoming course dates

StartsNew date to be announced

Location Sydney
Ground Floor
55 Lavender Street
Milsons Point NSW 2061

WhenOne EVENING seminar (two hours)


Presenter Geoff Bartlett

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StartsNew date to be announced

Location The Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Melbourne
1 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

WhenOne MORNING seminar (two hours)


Presenter Kylie Ladd

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Course description

Your guide to approaching publishers

If you have a great idea for a book – or have already written one – what’s the next step? How do you see your words in print and on the shelf at your local bookstore? This seminar will tell you what you need to know to turn that dream into reality.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to write a winning book proposal.
  • How to approach publishers.
  • Do you need an agent?
  • How much should you write before approaching a publisher?
  • Negotiating a fair contract.
  • The editing and re-writing process.
  • and MUCH more.

This seminar focuses on how to get your book published via traditional mainstream publishers, such as Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House and so on. It does NOT focus on self-publishing or ebooks as there isn’t enough time to cover this in one session. If you are interested in these please find out more about self-publishing here and ebooks here.

Your presenters

  • Geoff Bartlett

    Geoff Bartlett, Sydney

    Geoff Bartlett is an author, journalist, actor and producer. He has published a number of books including Mutterings (2007), Cattitude (2006) and Comedians... View Profile

  • Kylie Ladd

    Kylie Ladd, Melbourne

    Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Kylie’s third novel, Into My Arms, was released in May... View Profile

Graduate testimonials

  • I thought the course was great. It was a good mix of enlightening (stuff I didn’t know AT ALL) and reinforcing (stuff I was already doing that made me realise I was on the right track). Kylie was very approachable and obviously very knowledgable. I was really pleased and felt rather inspired to crack on with getting my book published afterward!"

    - Kimberley Magain

    "Just thought I’d let you know that I’ve secured a deal with a US publisher! Thanks for your assistance with my pitch; it was a million times better once I knew what I should actually put in it! They particularly liked the idea that I’d be a regular contributor for them, as after your seminar I listed my second and third book ideas in my first book pitch and it was that information that seemingly got me over the line. "The course gave me the confidence to pitch as I knew that should I get rejected it was that my book idea wasn’t right for the publisher, not that my pitch wasn’t right. Writing a book, or having a book idea, means you have a bit of an emotional attachment to your work. The course enabled me to focus on building a business proposal on what my book could offer the publisher, not just why I felt my great book idea was so great!"

    - Trevor Treharne

    "Geoff knows his stuff and he had everyone feeling comfortable. He was open to questions and willing to help as much as possible. I enjoyed it!"  

    - Stephen Webb