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Ways of Being Published

with Michelle Tea

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About The Class

Breaking Down Your Publication Options and Picking the One That’s Best for You

Those working on or about to complete their first book are likely wondering what comes next. How will you go about getting your work published? What are the various options available? And what are the steps for each pathway to publication?

Michelle Tea is an award-winning author, editor and teacher who’s published her work in every conceivable way. She’s placed works with the help of an agent and on her own, and she’s published with tiny independent presses as well as major imprints of Penguin and HarperCollins.

This class will demystify the publishing process, present the pros and cons of the different ways to publish, and help you figure out the method that’s right for you. It will also address what happens after publication, including the promotion of your book.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Create a book proposal, including the introduction, pitch, sell, bio, table of contents and sample chapters.
  • Figure out if you need an agent by looking at what agents do and don’t do for you.
  • Acquire an agent and let one go.
  • Self-publish your work as a zine, chapbook or blog.
  • Join or build a literary community.
  • Choose between a small or large publisher.
  • Understand book deals, including royalties, two-book deals and right of first refusal.
  • Promote your book with blurbs, galleys, online content, social media, essays and tours.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    04:16
  2. 02

    Breaking Down a Proposal

    22:19
  3. 03

    Do You Need an Agent?

    05:48
  4. 04

    Agents: Acquiring Them and Letting Them Go

    07:45
  5. 05

    All About Advances

    12:03
  6. 06

    DIY Publishing and Promotions

    32:31

Meet Your Expert

Michelle Tea

Michelle Tea is the author of over ten works of fiction, memoir, hybrid genre, spirituality, personal essay and poetry. She has edited anthologies on working class experience, personal narrative, queer fiction and fashion. Her writing has appeared in Harpers, Cosmopolitan, The Believer, Marie Claire, n+1, xoJane.com and many other print and web publications. ... read more

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  • Maya Beck

    Maya Beck

    July 2018

    These were very helpful videos-- I think it especially cleared up what an author might want from a publisher based on their preferences and how they would exploit certain connections they might have. Tea presented a lot of good ideas and thoughts about book touring and the pros and cons of different types of publishers (indie v. big corporate publishers) too. I think it's good for writers who are mystified at the process of agents, publishing, and advances.

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