Publishing requires diverse skills, from understanding ethical and legal considerations to creative services, such as art and design. Whether you want to publish a book for adults, start your own magazine or work in the digital media landscape, this online publishing course is ideal for you!
Certificate of Publishing – Adult Fiction is an online professional development program exploring the stages of the publishing process, from writing to publishing the final product for mass-market appeal.
In this adult fiction publishing course, you will learn about typesetting, layout and design for binding and publishing, and costs for print and eBooks. You’ll also learn about morality, ethics, censorship and the law in relation to publishing fiction. Plus, discover the importance of SEO, marketing, author promotion and distribution systems.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong foundation knowledge of the publishing process for adult fiction, whether for self-publishing or to gain employment in the dynamic publishing industry.
Unit - Publishing II
Unit 1 – the publishing process for adult fiction
The publishing process: stages and timeline
Stage 1: Writing
Stage 2: Editing
Stage 3: Design
Stage 4: Metadata
Stage 5: Publishing
Novelettes, novellas, novels
Common genre word counts
World building and genre
Unit 2 – The law and publishing fiction
Self-publishing and the law
J M Barrie – Peter Pan
Other works in fiction
Character creation and world building
Creative commons licensing
Steps to avoid libel
Law and the internet
Self-publishers and the law
Vanity press vs. Self-publishing
Contract law and types of contract
Royalties retail price
Illustrations and design contracts
Unit 3 – Ethics and morality in fiction genres
Ethics and morality in fiction genres
Transmission of knowledge
Societal structures and processes
Patterns of behaviour
Diversity in fiction
Writing diverse characters
Resources for diverse characters
How to use a sensitivity reader
Know your reader
Religious content and niche publishing
Sexual content, ratings
Right to privacy
Manipulation of digital images
Unit 4 – Production Systems I: Costing and constructing a book
The production process
Your time and money
Types of self-publishing
The e-book production processes in self-publishing
EPUB, PDF, e-book design software
Designing your eBook
Production process – non-fiction print book
The development stage
Releasing foreign language editions
Unit 5 – Production Systems II: editing and perfecting a book
Categorisation, sales, and coding: ISBNS and BISAC
Sales and coding
ISBN, BIC, BISAC
The role of the editor
What does an editor do?
Have you finished?
Unit 6 – Layout for the print media
News and magazines
The layout of print media – books
Fonts, missing fonts, free fonts
Font weights and sizes
A smaller chapter subtitle or quote that adds context
Page setup and margins
Layout for print media – magazines and news sheets
Layout and design
Using graphic designer
Unit 7 – Media advertising for self-published fiction
How do you promote your self-published work?
Establish your market
Retail and distribution
Reviews and interviews
Alternative print promotion
Public relations activities
local readings and book signings
Social media presence
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.