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What you need to know to get published

This course is ideal for: Anyone who wants to maximise their chances of getting a book deal

You’ll discover:
An overview of the entire publishing industry
Your rights as an author
An understanding of copyright and how it affects you
Whether traditional or self-publishing is best for you
The process, including advances and royalties.
How to pitch and submit your manuscript to a publisher or agent

“Anyone who wants to be a writer and who is planning to send their manuscript out, MUST do the Inside Publishing course first so that you understand the industry, so that you don’t make mistakes, and so that you understand what you are being offered. A brilliant course and I’m glad I took the time to do it. I have (copious) notes that I’m sure I’ll refer to often. Thank you!”
– Cherie Corbett-Jones, Inside Publishing graduate

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Key information
Key information:
This is an online self-paced course
Duration 1 This is an online self-paced course

Your 12 months' access begins straight away

Your 12 months' access begins straight away

Course Creator:
Pamela Freeman
Course Creator:
Pamela Freeman


This course is essential if you:

  • are a newbie and hope you get your book published any time in the next three years
  • are an existing author who wants to understand rights, territories, contracts and royalties
  • want an inside look into the how publishing really works
  • are a writer who wants to understand the pros and cons of the industry – so you can use this to your advantage.
  • want to pitch or submit your manuscript to a publisher or agent

Inside Publishing is a six-part course suited to people who want to really understand how the business of publishing works worldwide so they are informed and well-positioned – either for dealing with publishers or for self-publishing. This course will help you to understand your rights as an author and what approach will be best for you.

“I felt like you were inside my brain – every one of my questions was answered, just as I was thinking it. The course was structured in a really easy-to-digest way which meant I came away feeling like I ‘got it' – even some of the complex stuff. I feel like, when my manuscript is ready, I'll feel confident to navigate the submissions process without fear of silly missteps.”

April Whitehead

Knowledge is everything

If you want to submit your novel or memoir or non-fiction book to a publisher, or to self-publish as an indie author, it pays to know how the business works.

Do you know:

  • what the difference is between copyright and territorial rights?
  • how much a publisher should be paying you?
  • the difference is between an A format and a B format paperback, and which is better?
  • if you should go the self-publishing route or try for a traditional publisher?
  • how, exactly, you get a publisher to read your work?
  • what happens after that?
  • what to include in a synopsis, query letter or pitch?

“This course exceeded my expectations. It was very in depth, which is great and there is so much information. I will need to keep re-visiting the material when I am in the position of dealing with the actual publishing process of my book. I do believe the advice and expertise will be very valuable. I appreciate all this course has to offer.”

Cindy L Spear

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • What rights you have as an author over your work
  • How those rights can be sold all over the world
  • What not to do with your copyright
  • What kind of publication is right for you: traditional versus indie publishing, hardcopy versus ebook
  • How to go about getting published: the process and the pitfalls
  • What an advance is and the difference between that and royalties
  • What happens after a publisher likes your work – from their first reading to publication, and after
  • Exactly what to include when you send your work to a publisher or agent
  • And so much more it would take pages to list!

This self-paced course consists of six modules. It’s ideal if you spread your learning over six weeks – digesting one module per week. Or you can power through it all in one go – that’s the beauty of a self-paced course!

In each module – mainly through audio and some handouts, as well as links to resources – you will learn about a different part of the publishing business, from the overall legal framework to the nitty-gritty of negotiating with a publisher.

Inside Publishing concentrates on helping you understand how publishing works, and how to get your book published.

This course focuses on the traditional publishing industry. If you’ve decided you’re an indie author, and you are confident that you understand how publishing works, then you might be more interested in these courses:

And, naturally, we run lots and lots of courses that help you develop your skills as a writer!

“Do this before or while writing your book! Don’t wait till you’ve finished as it’s a fascinating and comprehensive introduction to how the publishing industry works for novelists and children’s books.”

Thēátin Zamiah

How our “self-paced courses” work

This is one of AWC’s 35+ “self-paced” online courses. But what does that mean? Allow us to explain:

What’s included in your online course?

  • 6 hours of content – access anytime at your own pace
  • 6 video lessons plus 22 supporting handouts


Q: Who is this course for?
A: Anyone who would like to be a published author. Whether you want to approach traditional publishing houses, self-publish your own books, or simply understand which option would best suit you, this powerful course is here to help.

Q: Why do I need to know this stuff?
A: If you want to be a professional author, it literally pays to know how the industry works. Not only will this knowledge save your time and money down the track, you'll feel more confident and equipped to engage with editors, publishers and agents and negotiate the ins and outs of your contract. This course is packed with all the knowledge that bestselling author Pamela Freeman WISHED she knew before she published her first book (and she's now published more than 40).

Q: I haven't finished writing a book yet. Should I do this course?
A: If you're seriously considering publication, then yes. The beauty of this course is that you have unlimited access for 12 months, allowing you to refresh your knowledge whenever you need. You'll also learn how to select the best publishers for your specific book – perfect if you want to start keeping an eye out for opportunities now, and collating your hit list.

Q: How much detail on self-publishing will I get?
A: This course covers the entire publishing process – the ideal place to start for a broader understanding of how the industry works and your options. If you’d like more in depth information specifically on self-publishing, after this course we recommend completing our Self Publish Your Novel on Kindle course for fiction writers or our Successful Self Publishing course for non-fiction and business books.

Want to become a published author? This powerful course is your ultimate guide to support your goal. Add it to your toolkit today!

Key information
Key information:
This is an online self-paced course
Duration 1 This is an online self-paced course

Your 12 months' access begins straight away

Your 12 months' access begins straight away

Course Creator:
Pamela Freeman
Course Creator:
Pamela Freeman


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