How to Get Published Level 1: One Day Intensive

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Hell's Kitchen

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$175 6 seats left
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Fri, Sep 27, 10:00am - 5:00pm

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Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
555 8th Ave Ste 1402
Between W 37th & W 38th Streets
New York, New York 10018
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14

What you'll learn in this publishing course:

You’ve spent months, or years, sweating and swearing over a book and now you’re ready to draw the interest of agents and/or publishing houses. Or perhaps you’re in the midst of writing a book and you want to know the publishing challenges up ahead. The question looms: how do you get a book published?

Here, you will learn how to navigate the ins-and-outs of the publishing business and you’ll write (and refine) the most important selling tool for your book—the query letter. All under the guidance of an established literary agent.

You won’t be told it’s impossible, or that it’s easy. You will, however, gain a realistic understanding of how the process works and how you can maximize your chances for success.

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in this One-day Intensive.

The NYC One-day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses, giving you brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you've learned.

The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn; leave in the evening as a more knowledgeable writer.

Course Syllabus:

A Book is a Product: Defining your book (product). Types of fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. Hooks and angles. Titles. Nonfiction book proposals. The physical manuscript/proposal. Query letters. Novel synopsis. (Samples are provided for query letters, nonfiction book proposals, and novel synopses.)

The Publishing World: Understanding publishing houses, editors, and agents. How readers are accessed. The promotional role of today's author. Self-publishing.

Zeroing In, Sending Out: Should you approach agents or editors first? Criteria to consider for agents and editors. Number of targets to choose. Researching the right agents and editors for your book. What to send, how to send it.

Acceptance and Rejection: The slush pile. Deciphering responses. Keeping track of submissions. Dealing with rejection. What to do when an agent or editor says yes. Contracts. The preparation process. The writing community. Other writing outlets. Sharpening skills. Attitude.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.

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Refund Policy
All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)
For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day Intensives
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.

If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.

You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.

Write-Ins
If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price. 

Important Notes:
  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.

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11:00am - 6:00pm J. L. Stermer 1 $175

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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (642)

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How to Get Published Level 1: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 11/11/2018
The class was quite informative and the 7 hours basically flew by. The instructor did a great job of fielding any and all questions thrown her way. Her insider knowledge of the business was invaluable. She was charismatic and warm, not only making us feel at home but making the students feel like our goals were achievable. If I were to have a criticism, and it would only be a small one, it would be that with her background she didn't have any insights about getting short stories published to literary magazines, However, all the expertise she did possess was given to us and made for an inspiring and enjoyable experience.
How to Get Published Level 1: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 2/25/2018
The teacher was excellent, full of energy and great information. My one suggestion is to cut down on the profanity (not everyone appreciates it) and stop constantly using the word "vibe/vibing," etc.
How to Get Published Level 1: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Jamila B. on 11/12/2017
Long but very good. The agent teaching was quite knowledgeable and kept the class interesting.
How to Get Published Level 1: One Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/23/2017
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