but the March 1, 2006 Writer's Intensive will be
the LAST one offered. Due to my many other writing
and lecturing demands, I can no longer fit this
class into my schedule. It's been fun to "give
back" to writers in the form of offering this
information about my beloved profession of
publishing. Thanks to the many students who have
taken the class over the last fifteen years, and
congratulations to those of you who went on to
complete their manuscripts, or get
Dawson Church, Ph.D.
The Writer's Publishing Intensive is a hands-on,
immensely practical boot camp for aspiring authors.
It covers all the basic facts authors must know
about the publishing industry in order to published
successfully. In a compact format, it gives authors
a sense of the options open to them, what's
realistic and what's not, and how they can make
well-informed decisions about what's best for their
manuscript. Authors rave about this class.
The class covers the stages of the publication
process, the structure of a publishing company,
costs, and time lines for producing a typical book.
It explains the pros and cons of self-publishing,
small presses and New York publishers, and the
differences between them. It also outlines how
best-sellers are created, and the importance of
seeing the author's name as a brand. It includes
valuable handouts, such as a typical
author-publisher contract, a distribution contract,
a promotional plan, and key web sites.
Some of the topics covered in depth are:
- Why Write a Book and Get Published?
- The Four Publishing Paths: Big Presses,
Small Presses, Self-Publishing, and Print On
- Writing a Dynamite Proposal
- How Publishers Evaluate Proposals
- Successfully Publicizing Your Book
- How To Get Lots of Books into Borders and
Barnes & Noble
- Who Gets What $ Piece of a $10 Book and Why?
And How Much Does the Author Make?
- The Cost of Publishing a Typical Book
- Why Do Authors Choose Self-Publishing?
- Time Frame for a Published Book From
Manuscript to Release
- How Your Title Can Make or Break Your
- Distribution Options for
- How a Publishing Company is Structured
- Post-Millennial Changes in Book
- The Future of Publishing
- Essential Reading
book has been both exciting and scary. Launching it
feels like I'm travelling on foreign soil and
unchartered seas. Thank you for the maps, the lay
of the land and the life preserver! I'm still a
little scared but feel more prepared to jump in
after the Writer's Publishing Intensive."
M.A., M.F.T., Psychotherapist & Author
"Really useful, practical information. Now I
know just what to do to get my book published,
distributed and promoted. Thank you for the gentle,
helpful, responsive experience."
"The most wonderful thing I received from this
seminar is faith, hope and excitement, in the
knowledge that there is a publishing company like
yours with integrity. You exude trust. The workshop
gave me a clear understanding of the publishing
process, allow me to now make educated decisions
regarding my project."
"I totally recommend this class to anyone even
considering jumping into the writing/publishing
field with their own stuff. It was everything that
Dawson advertised it to be, plus a lot more. It was
like taking a trip through a new country for me,
and now, thanks to Dawson, I have a map of how to
best navigate the writing/publishing arena! I feel
it was invaluable."
"The query letter that I completed in your class
has snagged me interest from six agents. I'm a
little overwhelmed by the abundance of
"With great heart, vast knowlege, and
professional wisdom, this class guided me through
the maze of publishing options."
"Filters an amazing amount of information into
practical application. Take this course if you are
considering or have completed a book project."
"This great class was well organized and
presented, as well as highly motivational. It drew
serious authors, and it was much better than a
Learning Annex class I took on the same
"Essential frustration prevention."
"Writing isn't all there is in the writing
busiess. Dawson helped me to see how important the
business part is, and I'm jazzed!
A Book Proposal From Your Soul
What is the message you were born to share with
the world? What piece of your soul is longing to
speak out in the form of a book or essay? Do you
have a manuscript started? Have you always dreamed
of writing a book? This one-day class covers the
nuts and bolts of writing an eye-grabbing proposal.
But it does far more. It shows you how to tune into
your essence, and write a proposal and a manuscript
that is true to your most authentic inner voice.
Includes guided meditations to help you get in
touch with your most authentic level of soul