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Open Book: from writer to published author in 8 weeks

When does it start?

Soon!

Next course starts
August 15, 2022
We’re busy organising our next cohort, so register your interest today to be notified!
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How long is it?

8 weeks

What's included?

8 weeks

Of instruction and much more!
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How will I fit it in?

It’s async

Our asynchronous classes fit your busy life so you can learn when and where you want.

How much is it?

$600

Is this for me?

Yes.

Do you have a manuscript to publish?

You. But published. 

It’s time to share your work with the world. This course will take you from words on a page to books on the shelf.


Forget everything you thought you knew about getting published. 

The game has changed. 

To a writer, the journey from manuscript to published book can be a perilous one: deciding between traditional and indy publishing, finishing and polishing your manuscript, crafting a book proposal, landing an agent, hiring an editor, finding a book deal or creating your own imprint, marketing, launching, distributing. Foreign rights! Movie rights!

It’s enough to make even the most persistent writer pause.

But becoming a published author is the ultimate achievement– and you’ve worked too hard to turn back now.

You need a step-by-step guide to demystify the publishing process and get your book into readers' hands. This is it. 

Taught by the 13x published author and former publisher, Paul Bradley Carr, this course is packed with everything you need to know about getting a traditional book deal or self-publishing your work like a pro - including directions for every step of the journey, and personalized feedback for your project.

What’s
included

From scoring a six-figure book deal to self-publishing like a pro, this course is everything you need to become a published author. 

  • 16+ hours of instruction and live office hours with Paul Bradley Carr-- multi-published author and founder of two publishing companies
  • Free membership to the Chairman Me community valued at $120
  • Guest speakers from top publishing agencies and marketing companies, and an invaluable network of authors, publishers, and writers 
  • Tactics, workshops, and examples to help you decide how to publish your work
  • Detailed instruction to prepare your manuscripts and write your proposal 
  • Step-by-step guide to finding an agent– what they want to see, and how the submission process works 
  • 8 weeks of active learning, not passive watching– in an asynchronous format that adapts to your busy life
  • The key steps to self-publishing, including marketing tools that pay off what you’ll need and what it will cost
  • Tools to manage rejection and keep going– overcoming imposter syndrome and the fear of failure

Open Book: from writer to published author in 8 weeks

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Meet
the instructors
Paul Bradley Carr

Paul Bradley Carr

he/him

The author of more than a dozen books, with 20+ years of experience, Paul is best known for his three memoirs, The Upgrade, Bringing Nothing To The Party, and Sober Is My New Drunk. His first novel, 1414º, was published in 2021.

Throughout his career, he has written books for two of the "Big Five" publishers and several independent publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. He has also self-published two books and co-founded the publishing house, The Friday Project (acquired by Harper Collins), and multimedia publishing company, NSFWCORP. 

When not writing and publishing books, Paul was media and technology columnist for the Guardian, editor of Pando, and a senior editor at TechCrunch.


“Every writer should be so lucky to have an editor like Paul Bradley Carr”

-Mark Ames, author of The Exile


“Uproarious and brilliant.”

Wired


“America's next top media mogul”

ZDNet


“Amazing and worth 10x more than the cost! It totally kicked my ass and gave me an actionable, strategic structure”

Michele


“Carr has made a reputation as one of the feistiest writers on the beat.”

The Guardian


Step by step guide
becoming a published author
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8 weeks

Week 1: Finding Your Why 

Before you start on your journey to becoming a published author, you need to know what your options are. Here’s everything you need to know about the pitfalls and benefits of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. Find out which path is right for you and your writing project. It all starts with identifying your “why.” Is it about bragging rights? Helping others? Proving something to yourself? All are legitimate reasons to publish, but the answer to “Why” will determine which path is right for you. 

Week 2: Traditional Publishing 

We’re diving into the process of traditional publishing–we’re talking everything from the big 5 publishers to small independent publishers (and how to avoid publishing scams!). Tips on how to find an agent without losing your zen. Paul’s recommendations on the best platforms and how to use them. Also, how to capitalize on a best case scenario and navigate the worst case–either way, we’ve got a plan for it. 

Week 3: Traditional Publishing in Action 

More details on the path of traditional publishing from our special guest instructor. Hear directly from author Sarah Pinborough, who published the wildly successful Behind Her Eyes and 27 other books (several of which are being adapted for the screen). How she broke into the publishing ivory tower, built an economically savvy empire, and how you can too. Our biggest takeaways for going the traditional route.

Week 4: Independent Publishing

Why a 12 time published author chose to self-publish his debut novel and his success story. The steps you need to self-publish –and the people you want in your corner. The nuts and bolts to publishing, hazards of the trade (and how to avoid them), and your guide to turning your manuscript into a real-life book. 

Week 5: Distributing Your Book

Let’s get down to the business of getting your book out there. How to get your book on all the major platforms. Getting into the nitty-gritty: creating your imprint and ISBN and how to upload and set a price for your book. Plus, your platform options, and what to expect so you can make the best distribution choice for your book. 

Week 6: Marketing Your Book

Everything you need to know before you plan your launch from our special guest instructor, Ricardo Fayet, one of the founders of the wildly successful company, Reedsy. He provides a step-by-step guide to ensure you secure reviews, so you’re prepared to succeed at launch. Plus, how to put together your marketing plan, and where to access the most effective marketing channels. 

Week 7: Publicity for your Book

Before you hire a publicist find out if you really need one. Here’s how to figure out if hiring one is a waste of money or the best path for you. Hear from our special guest instructor on the behind-the-scenes process of publicity and her recommendations for both traditional and self-publishing. An example of successful publicity and how to avoid these common traps that authors fall into. Finally, how not to be a nightmare when working with your publicist. 

Week 8: Wrap Up 

Our surprise guest instructor, Angela Engel, publisher, and founder of The Collective Book Studio, shares about a third option: Partner Publishing. Here’s what you need to know about it, how to figure out if this middle way is right for you, and how to connect with the people who will get you there. Plus, looking back on all that we have learned, and tools to keep your motivation high by staying connected with your Chairman Me community.

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