Friday, September 09, 2011

So, what are you doing to move forward on your goal to get published?

If you're stymied about "what to do next" or "is this ready" here's an opportunity you'll want to consider.

Jenny Milchman is teaching an 8 week class Polished + Published: Readying a Novel for a Changing Industry

This class takes aim at what happens once a book is complete. There will be critiques of finished pages, we'll learn what 'saleable' means, plus how to sell a novel. Agents, traditional publishing paths, and alternate routes will all be explored.

The class will be held at the JCC in Manhattan (76th and Amsterdam) It starts on 9/20 and runs 8 weeks through 11/8. Class starts at 5pm so if you commute, you won't get home at midnight (a very nice bonus.)

It's going to cost you some money, but this is the place you want to invest: learning about the industry you want to be part of.

You'll need to apply to be in the class by sending pages of your novel or memoir to Jenny.

Not sure if this is right for you? Email Jenny and talk to her. She's more than happy to answer your questions and help you figure out if you'll benefit.


Jonathan Dalar said...

I like the Pacific Northwest like you like NYC, but this is something I'd love to do! Unfortunately, economy and finances being what they are...

Would love to see something like this of a more online nature in the future, though.

Jenny Milchman said...

Hi Jonathan,

I wanted to jump in and respond to your response of Janet's kind posting of my class.

(First, though, we spent the whole summer in Portland, OR so I understand your love of the northwest :)

I'm intrigued by your mention of an online class. I wonder how well that would work since a large part of the class seems to be the hands on interaction between students--passing pages back and forth, getting excited (sometimes fired up) when we discuss independent versus traditional paths. But it's definitely something to consider, and please feel free to email me if you'd be interested in chatting further.


Terri Lynn Coop said...

I was just going to say, "online! online!"

Everyone posts their pages in a forum and takes critiques there.

There is a company,

Where an instructor can apply to create a class and they handle all the technical stuff or it can be set up in any kind of a forum. I would love to be part of something like this, but the commute from Kansas wouldn't get me home before midnight ( :

PS: I would love to see some professionals offer classes through this venue. I take them via my local community college and they are awesome. However, the writing classes lack some depth in talent. Hint . . . Hint . . . the pros who read this blog.

Yvonne Osborne said...

I would love to take a class like this and it sounds exactly like what I need. Why are they all in NY? How about hosting one on the shores of Lake Huron? Somewhere nice in secluded and woodsy like Forester or Lakeport or Caseville??? If you have it "they" would come! Failing that, I would be interested in online opportunities such as this although face-to-face interaction is so much better.

Criss said...

I'd love an online class!

There are ways to share documents online, securely. I'm a fan of Google products (because they're free so I used them when I taught public school); GoogleDocs lets you share documents, chat inside the document, leave comments, etc. And with Google+ Hangouts, you can have video conferences. Where there's a will there's a way!