Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • Welcome to Foundations of Publishing!

    • How to Use The Write Practice Pro Workshop

    • How to Navigate Your Courses

  • 2

    Course Overview

    • What You'll Learn in This Course

    • Your Publishing Map

  • 3

    Live Lessons

    • Live Lesson 4/28: How to Write a Short Story

  • 4

    Introduction: How to Develop a Professional Author Mindset

    • About This Section

    • Live Lesson Recording: Author Mindset

    • Assignment 1: Say hello

    • Lesson 1: Real Artists Ship

    • Discussion: Why Are You Here?

    • Reading: Why Does Writing Matter?

    • Reading: Introduce Yourself AS A WRITER

    • Reading: Why Publish

    • Discussion: What are your biggest obstacles?

    • Lesson 2: Core Motivation

    • Lesson 3: Your Story Is Meant to Be Shared

    • Lesson 4: Break Down Obstacles

    • Interview: Robert Bruce on the indirect benefits of sharing your story

    • Interview: Keith Jennings on being a writer

    • Discussion: What does success look like?

    • Assignment 2: Connect

  • 5

    PART I: PLATFORM

    • About This Section

    • Reading: Should You Use Social Media?

    • Reading: Why You Need a Website

    • Interview: Dan Blank on how to build your fiction platform

    • Interview: Mike Worley on how to use the internet to sell your book

    • Discussion: Think about your platform.

  • 6

    Step 1: Build Your Author Website

    • Bonus Course: Build Your Website

  • 7

    Step 2: Write a Short Story

    • Introduction

    • Reading: The 6 Elements of Plot

    • Quiz: 6 Elements of Plot

    • Reading: How to Write a Short Story

    • Reading: How to Win a Writing Contest

    • Reading: 1000 True Fans

    • Discussion: How do you feel about short stories?

    • Lesson 1: Why You Should Know Your Audience

    • Lesson 2: Who Is Your Audience?

    • Lesson 3: Four Tools to Share Your Story

    • Interview: Diane Capri on turning spectators into collaborators

    • Discussion: What are your tools?

    • Assignment: Write a Short Story

  • 8

    Step 3: Polish Your Story

    • Introduction

    • Reading: The Essential Guide to Critiquing

    • Reading: How to Give and Take Better Writing Feedback

    • Reading: How to Apply Helpful Writing Feedback (And How to Know What You Can Ignore)

    • Reading: 3 Things Every Writer Needs to Know About Editing

    • Discussion

    • Lesson 1: How to Take Feedback Like a Pro

    • Discussion

    • Assignment: Polish Your Story with Feedback

  • 9

    Step 4: Network (Build Your Cartel)

    • Introduction

    • Reading: When You’re Stuck in the Writing Process, Do This

    • Discussion

    • It's time to find your cartel

    • What is a cartel and why do you need one?

    • Behind every great artist is a cartel, part one

    • Behind every great artist is a cartel, part two

    • The writer's guide to networking

    • Six steps to join (or start) a cartel

    • Five types of people you need in your cartel

    • Three essential ingredients for any cartel

    • Why great writers read

    • Discussion

    • Interview: Jeff Goins on how to find more time to write

    • Discussion

    • Assignment

    • Submission: Interview Report

  • 10

    Step 5: Format and Plan for Launch

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1: How to Format Your Piece for Publication

    • Lesson 2: Launch Plan

    • Discussion

    • Resources

    • Launch Copy Library

    • Assignment

    • Submission: Launch Plan

  • 11

    Step 6: Publish and Launch

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1: Publishing Is Sharing

    • Lesson 2: How to Get Amazon Reviews

    • Discussion

    • Interview: Carlos Cooper on how he gets 300+ reviews on his books

    • Discussion

    • Launch Copy Library

    • Tutorial: How to upload to WordPress

    • Tutorial: How to set your book for free on Amazon

    • Tutorial: How to send via MailChimp

    • Assignment

    • Submission: Launch

    • Assignment 2

  • 12

    PART II: PUBLISHING

    • Introduction

    • Interview: Tim Grahl on the process behind writing a book

  • 13

    Step 7: Choose Your Publishing Path

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1: The State of the Publishing Industry

    • Discussion

    • Checklist: Is Your Book Ready to Publish?

    • Submission: Which Publishing Path

  • 14

    Step 8: Querying / Self-Publishing

    • Introduction

    • Lesson 1: Query Letter Workshop with Abigail Perry

    • Lesson 2: Self-Publishing with David Safford

    • Publishing Resources

    • Submission: Publishing Update

  • 15

    Step 9: Launch Your Book

    • Introduction

    • Download: Book Launch Worksheet

    • Launch Copy Library

    • Assignment: Share Your Book Page

  • 16

    Step 10: Marketing Your Book After Publication

    • Introduction

    • Interview: Carlos Cooper on how he gets 300+ reviews on his books

    • Resources

    • Submission: What marketing steps are you planning to take

  • 17

    Conclusion

    • What You've Learned in This Course

    • I Will Buy Your Book