What's it all about?
Are you serious about becoming a published self-help book author—and are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Then this course is for you!
One of the most important secrets in publishing is that writing self-help books is different from writing books in other genres. That's because in this genre, you can land a writing contract before you complete your manuscript. In these lessons, a New York Times bestselling author shares the secrets for turning a book idea into a winning proposal to sell to publishing houses.
First, you'll learn about two of the most important players in the publishing industry—literary agents and acquisitions editors. You'll discover what they're looking for and find out how to maximise your chances of landing a contract.
Once you understand how the book industry works, you'll explore the three crucial criteria for selecting a topic for your first self-help book. You may even discover that you have more than one book in you! You'll also investigate the pros and cons of collaborating with other writers or having your book ghost written.
Next, you'll conduct a market survey of your key competitors and strategise how to position your book to sell. Then you'll find out the biggest secret for turning a self-help book into a top seller: a great hook! You'll learn the four characteristics of a good hook, and create your own sensational hook.
At this point, you'll get down to business and focus on writing your book. You'll confront one of the most challenging parts of writing a book—putting your life experience and insight into a concise, linear book format. You'll learn how to structure your book, how to speak directly to your readers, and how to use compelling stories to illustrate your message. To wrap up your writing practice, you'll create a dynamic chapter opening and learn how to write a chapter ending that keeps your readers engaged.
As you follow the step-by-step instructions in these lessons, you'll create a polished proposal package consisting of a proposal summary, a writing sample, a press kit, and supplemental information. By the end of the course, you'll have everything you need to start selling your book—and you'll know exactly what agents are looking for in a first-time author!
Courses are delivered to you through expertly executed lessons, online instruction and interaction with like-minded students. Our courses are designed to deliver all of the benefits of studying in a classroom whilst giving you the flexibility to study at a time and place to suit your needs. You can access your classroom 24/7 from any device with an internet connection.
New sessions of each course start monthly and last for six weeks. You’ll gain access to two lessons a week (for a total of 12 lessons) helping you pace your learning. There are no set times for you to study, you can log in and out at any time and complete the course at your own pace. Your expert tutor will guide and facilitate your course, answering any questions you have and providing guidance and feedback. You’ll complete comprehensive lessons, quizzes and assignments before submitting your final exam at the end of the course to achieve your certificate.
Session start dates are listed below. Has the start date already passed? Don’t worry, you can join a class up to 2 weeks after the start date!
- 14 February
- 14 March
- 11 April
- 16 May