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Novel Writing & Getting Published

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The Australian College,  Novel Writing & Getting Published course will help you get your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Let’s face it, many people come up with ideas but it is the actual writing of the novel that stops them from getting their book written and onto the shelves.

That’s where this course is invaluable. You are going to be guided and supported through the stages of starting, exploring and completing your book. You will also learn how to get your book published and how to market it.

Career opportunities include: Fiction Writer, Novelist, Short Story Writer, Ghost Writer.

When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Novel Writing and Publishing).

Course Fee and Duration


Module 1: Writing your First Novel

Reading 1: Getting Started
Take Yourself Seriously
What Makes a Good Novel?
What Publishers and Editors are Looking For in a Novel
Genre
Length
Who Will Be Your Readers?
Story Ideas
Structure
Research
Deadlines
Skills you Will Need to Write Your Novel
Take Care of Yourself
How Other Writers Work

Reading 2: Writing the First Two Chapters
Taking the First Step
Functions of the Beginning
Deciding Whose Story It Will Be
Past or Present Tense
The Place to Start Your Novel
Establishing Time and Place
Covering Important Details Over Several Chapters
Checklist for Effective Beginnings
Developing a Style

Reading 3: Characterisation
Naming Your Characters
Character Profiles
Creating Rounded Characters
Balancing Consistency and Change
Relationships Between Characters
Characters Create Conflict
Dialogue
Dialogue Checklist
Character Checklist

Module 2: Methods to Success and Publication

Reading 1: Story Development
How to Keep Your Reader Turning the Pages
Structural Development
Plot and Sub-Plot
Narrative Drive
Forwarding the Story Through Dialogue
Conflict and Tension
Action
Titles
Chapters
Transitions
Everyday Life and Your Novel
Getting Over the Hurdle of the ‘Midway Blues’

Reading 2: Writing the End
Techniques for Slowing the Process Down
What Makes a Satisfying Ending?
To Resolve or Not Resolve – How Much to Leave Unspoken?
Professional Viewpoint
The Final Word
Editing
Chronology
Editing Checklist
Character Checklist
Dialogue Checklist
Typing and Page Layout
Layout for Dialogue

Reading 3: Getting Published
Assessing your Novel
Finding a Publisher
Agents
Submissions
Synopses
Handling Rejection
Standard Contracts
Negotiating
The Publishing Process
Reviews
Payment
Tax
Copyright
Self-Publishing
E-Books and Internet Publishing

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