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Novel Revision: Understanding the Craft

The first draft of a novel is just that — the first stage of a process. It's where you get all your ideas out onto the page. After you're done, the real craft of writing …

Taught by Gotham Writers Workshop

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Pricing Books for an International Audience

Using just a few platforms like Google Play, Amazon, and Kobo, you can reach more countries than you can name. But being present in a market does not guarantee sales. You will need to make …

Taught by Zsofia Macho

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Developing Characters That Your Readers Will Love

What separates flat, forgettable characters from the marvelous fictional creations who you remember years after you've closed the book? And more importantly, how can you make sure the characters you write fall on the right side …

Taught by Hannah Sandoval

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Writing Dialogue That Develops Plot and Character

Dialogue can make or break your book. At its best, it can transform your story into a gripping tale populated with interesting, layered characters; when dialogue is bad, it can be downright unreadable. This course will …

Taught by Bridget McNulty

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Children's Book Course

Children’s Books 101: Writing for the Right Age Group

So you want to write for children? That’s great. But before you take another step, answer this question: who exactly are these children you’re writing for? Four-year-olds and fourteen-year-olds like different kinds of story — that …

Taught by Anna Bowles

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Growing an author mailing list

How to Set up and Grow Your Author Mailing List

The mailing list is a central element of every author’s marketing strategy. It's the one main tool you’ll use to build a long-lasting relationship with your readers, turning them into repeat buyers and unconditional fans. …

Taught by Ricardo Fayet

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Short Story Free Course

How to Craft a Killer Short Story

So, you've decided to write a short story! Many a published author got their starts from publishing short stories. It's the perfect medium for so many authors: succinct, clear, character-driven, and brief. Compared to the …

Taught by Laura Mae Isaacman

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Writing Ya Novels

The Ten Commandments of Writing YA Novels

It's strange to think how so many popular books have protagonists in their late teens—but there's something undeniably compelling about teenagers, caught in a web of fraught emotions and growing responsibilities. Perhaps this rich, emotional …

Taught by Kate Angelella

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How to Self-Publish a Photography Book

So, what’s the big deal about photography books anyway? And why should we care about them? Well, if you haven’t noticed, a significant portion of the planet is walking around with cameras in hand, and …

Taught by Daniel Milnor

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Amazon Ads

Amazon Ads for Authors

So, you want to advertise your book? Great, you're already one step ahead of everyone else! Now where should you start getting the word out about your novel? Amazon ads are the newest big thing …

Taught by Ricardo Fayet

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Book reviews

Book Reviews and How to Get Them

Chances are that in your past, you've decided to read a book based on the number of reviews it had. It's no secret on the flip side, either: as an author, you know that your book …

Taught by Amy Holman Edelman

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How To Validate Your Book Idea

Only 14 books show up on the first page of Amazon's search results. So wouldn't it be great to start writing your novel knowing you'll be one of those 14 with an audience? Too often authors …

Taught by Dave Chesson

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How to Research a Historical Novel or Nonfiction Book

Historical research is a critical part of writing about the past. Finding the right details will augment the authenticity of your book. It may also act as a point of plot inspiration for historical novels. Historical research can involve anything …

Taught by Laurie Garrison

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Crowdfunding for Authors

What if you could publish a book, and get your readers to pay for all the editing, design and production? Well, that's what crowdfunding is all about. You get readers to purchase your book before you publish …

Taught by Bethany Joy Carlson

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How To Get Your Books into Libraries

US libraries spend hundreds of millions on new materials like books every single year. If you're not with a publisher and you aren't listed with a wholesaler, how can you convince librarians that your book is …

Taught by Amy Collins

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Behind the Microphone: How to Create a Great Audiobook

Audiobooks are the fastest-growing book format out there. They might represent just a small percentage of total book sales, but audio offers exceptional discoverability opportunities to authors, who benefit from the fact that the audiobook …

Taught by David Markowitz

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Book Design 101

Book design is that under-appreciated step of the publishing process that can make or break a book. A book's cover is going to determine whether the book gets picked up in a book store, or clicked …

Taught by Emmanuel Nataf

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How to Submit a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

If you've written a non-fiction book — or if you have a dynamite idea that you are uniquely qualified to write — you might want to consider pitching it to a traditional publisher. That means …

Taught by Katy Hamilton

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How to Run a Price Promotion

You've written and independently published a book, and now you're ready for people to start reading it. But with so much content out there you're struggling to make your book stand out. There are a number …

Taught by Written Word Media

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The Non-Sexy Business of Writing Non-Fiction

Having a great non-fiction book idea is one thing. Writing a book and having it accomplish what you want it to for you and your readers is another. In this 10 day course, publishing coach Azul …

Taught by Azul Terronez

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How to Turn Your Cookbook Idea into a Reality

So, you want to write a cookbook — that’s great news because Food and Drink is one of the best-selling genres in nonfiction! But where to start?  Well, there are a few things you want to decide …

Taught by Laura Gladwin

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How to Stop Talking About Writing a Book and Actually Start Doing It

You have a great idea for a book but don’t know how to start. Or you’ve started, but you keep getting stalled out. It’s making you crazy and you yearn for a way forward. In …

Taught by Jennie Nash

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How to Write a Business Book

Every entrepreneur or business owner thinks about writing a book at some point. Books are "the new business card," a great way to position yourself (and your business) as a thought leader in your space. Plus, …

Taught by Alison Jones

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How to Self-Publish a Book

Be the next Andy Weir or E.L. James by launching your writing career with a self-published book. In this 10-part course, learn what it takes to be a successful indie author. Learn all the basics of self-publishing …

Taught by Martin Cavannagh

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