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Publishing for Creatives

with Bridget Watson Payne

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  •   01 Class Introduction

    06:00
  •   02 Brainstorming Book Idea

    11:19

Class duration: 2h 40m

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About The Class

Dreaming of seeing your work in published form? Here’s how to make that happen!

Are you an artist, illustrator, or designer with a great book idea but no idea where to start in publishing? The publishing world can seem opaque, confusing, or daunting from the outside, and many creatives can feel tempted to give up before they even start. But, you can do it! Bridget Watson Payne is going to give you all the information you need to create a book proposal and get your work seen by publishers. Bridget, a published author and artist herself, has more than 15 years' experience inside the publishing industry and is currently Executive Editor of Art Publishing with Chronicle Books. Learn from the best!

This class will cover:

  • How to brainstorm book ideas and choose the best one
  • How to put together a great book proposal
  • How to reach out to publishers
  • How connecting with your audience supports your publishing dreams
  • And more!

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

    06:00
  2. 02

    Brainstorming Book Idea

    11:19
  3. 03

    How Do You Want to Work?

    44:15
  4. 04

    Case Study: How Art Can Make You Happy

    10:01
  5. 05

    Interview with Author Lisa Congdon

    10:08
  6. 06

    Getting Ready to Pitch

    10:48
  7. 07

    Things I Consider When I Review a Book Proposal

    23:42
  8. 08

    Reaching out to Publishers

    13:25
  9. 09

    Publishing Your Book: What Comes Next

    15:25
  10. 10

    Connecting With Your Audience

    15:56

Meet Your Expert

Bridget Watson Payne

Bridget Watson Payne is a writer, artist, and art book editor. With over fifteen years of experience in the publishing industry, she has collaborated with hundreds of authors and artists to make their book ideas a beautiful reality.

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  • Kimberly Sienkiewicz

    Kimberly Sienkiewicz

    September 2018

    Bridget knows her stuff! And she's a whole lot of fun to listen to. She is engaging, smart, and very personable. Thank you so much for such a fun and informative class.

  • Stephanie Laursen

    Stephanie Laursen

    September 2018

    Bridget has a great perspective of the publishing industry from a creative standpoint, and it was so easy to follow. I got both inspired to come up with ideas to pitch, and terrified that they might actually be picked up! This class is a must-see for anyone interested in dipping their toes in the creative art publishing world, but with no idea of where to start.

  • Yanique Sappleton-Birch

    Yanique Sappleton-Birch

    May 2019

    Amazing class!! Magnificent instructor with experience and know-how and she's also very encouraging. To quote her "It may be hard but we can do hard things"

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