From Idea to Publication in 36 Months

Price: NZ$ 4995 / £ 2595 / R 32 995

From Idea to Publication
in 36 Months

From Idea to Publication
in 36 Months

Where do you want to be in three years?

Still dreaming about writing a book someday - or grinning ear-to-ear about your finished novel published on Amazon?

A complete toolkit for any writer intent on creating and
self-publishing a novel

This course offers one-to-one mentoring and a step-by-step guide to writers who want to write a full novel, and self-publish it on Amazon, all within 36 months.

Our expert team of award-winning authors will help take the pain and guesswork out of the entire process, making this writing journey streamlined and far, far easier than doing it all on your own.

Use their decades of writing expertise and publishing experience to guide you, freeing you up to be creative, productive and enjoying the writing process.

The 'From Idea to Publication'
Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, an expert in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want to. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course tasks with tools, tips and guidance.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Why Should Aspirant Novelists Self-publish?

Simply put, self-publishing gives you the control and financial rewards that you, as the writer, deserve.

Many established writers are choosing to self-publish. Why? Because (and this may come as a surprise to you) with a traditional publisher, you only earn 4.5% of the sale of the book. This equates to a meagre $1.35 per $30 book sold. Yes, you did all the work writing the book, but the publisher and distributor take by far the biggest cut. With self-publishing, you get 35% to 70% of the takings, depending on where you publish (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or via your author platform).

This programme is a one-to-one training course where you write a 70 000-word novel, learn how to market it, create your author platform, and then, self-publish on Amazon.

You would work with three award-winning experts every step of the way, facilitating each aspect of the writing process and paving the way for your success as an author.

Please note: For your novel to be the best it can be, you will require the services of a cover designer and editor. You will also need to pay for a domain and hosting for your author website. See the curriculum section below for an estimate of these extra expenses. These expenses are in addition to the course fee.

Why Should Aspirant Novelists Self-publish?

Simply put, self-publishing gives you the control and financial rewards that you, as the writer, deserve.

Many established writers are choosing to self-publish. Why? Because (and this may come as a surprise to you) with a traditional publisher, you only earn 4.5% of the sale of the book. This equates to a meagre $1.35 per $30 book sold. Yes, you did all the work writing the book, but the publisher and distributor take by far the biggest cut. With self-publishing, you get 35% to 70% of the takings, depending on where you publish (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or via your author platform).

This course is a one-to-one training course where you write a 70 000-word novel, learn how to market it, create your author platform, and then, self-publish on Amazon.

You would work with three award-winning experts every step of the way, facilitating each aspect of the writing process and paving the way for your success as an author.

Please note: For your novel to be the best it can be, you will require the services of a cover designer and editor. You will also need to pay for a domain and hosting for your author website. See the curriculum section below for an estimate of these extra expenses. These expenses are in addition to the course fee.

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.

COURSE FEE

Price includes GST/VAT

Split payment plan available

NUMBER OF ASSIGNMENTS

56

The assignments vary in length and include several Zoom calls.

NUMBER OF MODULES

40

This course includes over 300 pages of course notes.

COURSE DURATION

36

Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of 36 months.

START DATE: ANYTIME

Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

At least one writing course completed, or some evidence of prior creative writing success.
Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
No previous tertiary qualification required.

Alex smith creative writing tutor at the writers college

Tutors for this course

Alex Smith - tutor for novel writing

Alex Smith is the award-winning author of five novels: Algeria’s WayDrinking from the Dragon’s WellFour Drunk Beauties, Devilskein & Dearlove (published by Random House/Umuzi) and Agency Blue (published by Tafelberg). 

Her work has received widespread acclaim. Drinking from the Dragon’s Well was longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award and Devilskein & Dearlove was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. Agency Blue won a Sanlam Youth Literature Award, while Four Drunk Beauties won the Nielsen Booksellers’ Choice Award. 

Alex tutors the Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course, the Advanced Short Story Writing Course and the Grammar Skills Course, sharing her knowledge and expertise with students of all skill levels.

Creative writing tutor at the Writers College, Sonny Whitelaw

Sonny Whitelaw - tutor for novel writing

Sonny Whitelaw has enjoyed a successful career as a writer for over 30 years. Her work as a photojournalist has appeared in dozens of international magazines,  including National Geographic.

She won a Draco Award for her first novel, The Rhesus Factor, and all eight of her novels, including five based on the television series Stargate, have been international bestsellers.

A qualified adult educator with an MA in Creative Writing, Sonny taught writing courses to adults and teenagers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. In 2008, she moved with her teenage son to a small lifestyle property in Oxford, Canterbury.

When she’s not having an enormous amount of fun exploring the South Island, Sonny splits her time between researching and writing scientific reports, editing fiction and non-fiction manuscripts, and working on her own exciting young adult science fantasy series called The Runes of Creation. Find out more about this series on her website.

Sonny tutors the Write a Novel Course, the Literary Short and Flash Fiction Course and the Advanced Novel Writing Course.

Creative Writing Course tutor at The Writers College Andrew Salmon

Andrew Salomon - tutor for novel writing

Andrew Salomon is an award-winning author. His debut novel Tokoloshe Song was shortlisted for the Terry Pratchett First Novel Award.

Additionally, his short fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He has also received the PEN Literary Award for African Fiction and the Short.Sharp.Stories Award.

Andrew is the author of the young adult thrillers The Chrysalis and Wonderbear. His latest novel is the dark fantasy thriller The Equilibrist. He completed an MA at the Institute for Archaeology at University College London. Some of his most memorable experiences have been at rock painting and engraving sites in subterranean caves and shelters across the world. These often find their way into his fiction.

Andrew tutors several courses at The Writers College, including the Write a Novel Course, the Advanced Novel Writing Course and the Advanced Short Story Writing Course.

Novel writing course, fiona ingram

Fiona Ingram - tutor for novel writing

Fiona Ingram [BA Hons (Natal), MA (Wits)] is a multi-award winning author of adult and children’s fiction. She has written eight historical romances (published by USA publisher Bublish), including Married at MidnightThe Wayward Miss Wainwright and Lord Blackwood’s Valentine Ball.
 
Her interest in myths and legends, ancient history and travel led to her writing the multi-award winning The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. This is the first instalment of her children’s adventure series, Chronicles of the Stone. Fiona has now completed Book Four in the series. Through her novels, she takes youngsters all over the world on amazing adventures. 

She is also an animal rights advocate and writes animal rescue stories.

Tanya Hutley

Tania Hutley - tutor for Author Platform

For many years, Tania Hutley worked as a Technical Writer in the software industry, but she always dreamed of writing creatively. She began by writing literary short stories and has been a runner up in New Zealand’s two most prestigious short story competitions, the Katherine Mansfield Awards and the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition. In 2010 she won the Page and Blackmore National Short Story Award.

After branching out into novel writing, she published two middle-grade chapter books for children. Then she wrote the Skin Hunter science fiction trilogy, and co-wrote The Trouble With Witches urban fantasy series. Under the pen name Talia Hunter, she has also published eleven contemporary romance and romantic comedy novels and even made the USA Today Bestsellers List.  

Though Tania started off with traditional publishers, she’s now enthusiastic about self-publishing and the control it gives to authors.

She was born in New Zealand, but has recently moved to Australia where she’s constantly amazed and not at all freaked out by the weird and wonderful critters. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her with a glass of wine, a good book, and a jumbo-sized can of bug spray.

Coaching the writer within course run by Russel Brownlee at The Writers College

Russel Brownlee - tutor for self-publishing

Russel Brownlee is an award-winning writer and life coach. 

He worked as a journalist before deciding to follow his dream of writing a novel. After years of self-study and writing, he embarked on a Master’s in Creative Writing and completed his first novel, Garden of the Plagues, which went on to win the Olive Schreiner Award for Debut Fiction. It was also shortlisted for the country’s premier writing prize, the Sunday Times Literary Award.

Russel then began following a second great passion – personal development and self-actualisation – and wrote an inspirational non-fiction book, The Discovery of Causeless Joy. After realising that it would be difficult to find a local publisher for the book, he set about exploring self-publishing on Amazon. It was a steep learning curve, but he soon got it published as a Kindle e-book and as a paperback.

The experience left him feeling empowered as an author and eager to impart his vast knowledge of self-publishing to other writers. 

Russel tutors the Self-Publish Your e-Book Course.

Course Curriculum

Section 1
24 months

Write Your Novel

Overcome self-doubt, procrastination and writer’s block on a well-structured course.

With the help of an experienced tutor, turn your unique, creative ideas into a  manuscript.

The initial modules focus on teaching you the nuts and bolts of good writing. We then move to intensive writing, in-depth tutor support and text critiques. After each module is completed, your tutor will offer you feedback on your progress.

Each module outlines the elements of good writing, such as realistic dialogue, memorable characters, a compelling plot and sustained tension. You will build on the basics of the craft as you write your novel.

At the end of the modules, you will have gained confidence in your ability to express yourself in words, and produced a manuscript of at least 70,000 words.

Section 2
6 months

Build Your Author Platform

Prepare for Success.
  • Publishers will often evaluate your online presence. A strong platform (or a weak one) can influence whether they decide to work with you.
  • If you apply to participate in story anthologies, your existing platform is likely to be a factor in acceptance.
  • If you decide to self-publish your work, your author platform will comprise an important part of your marketing.

 

Expected outcomes of this section:
  • Define your author brand.
  • Choose an author name (or pen name).
  • Create an effective and professional author bio.
  • Create an author website that is optimized to show up in searches.
  • Establish an author presence on at least one social media platform.
  • Submit at least two short stories (or one novel) to a publisher, online journal, or writing competition.

 

Please note: Building an author website will incur extra, annual expenses for hosting and web services. These are in addition to the course fee, and you will need to choose an option that suits your budget. Domains can cost from $12.00 per year, renewable each year, and hosting can be from $5.00 per month, depending on the host you choose.

 

 

Section 3
6 months

Self-publish Your Book

Fast-Track Your Dream of Becoming a Published Author.

 

Seeing your own book in the Amazon bookstore, with a great cover and a dollar price next to it, is a real thrill. It might even tempt you to write the next one!

Your tutor will guide you through the process of creating a professional, sellable product – from cover design to the finished product – as you work through the 25 exercises on this course. By the end of the course, your book will be available for purchase on Amazon – the global leader in e-book sales.

In the Self-publish Your e-Book section, you will find out:

  • how to make your book stand out among the many
  • how to avoid the common pitfalls many self-publishers make
  • how to edit, format and upload your book
  • all the technical and legal know-how
  • vital marketing strategies you need to promote your book and achieve sales

Please note: Self-publishing may incur some unavoidable fees for cover design and editing. We highly recommend that you hire professionals for these tasks. We recommend using the freelance agencies Fiverr.com or Upwork.com. Keep in mind that minimum rates start from $25.00 per hour, and a good editor should be able to edit around 3000 words per hour. This will be your biggest expense.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

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From Idea to Publication Course

You will receive an approval email and invoice within one working day.

Questions? We've Got Answers

Detailed course notes covering the content of each module will be emailed to you. At the end of each module, you will be required to complete one or two exercises or practical tasks.

Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course, and you’ll benefit from all future updates and improvements to the course.

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. Your work will remain completely private unless you get it published. In the journalism courses, your work might be published in the public domain, but you do have the final say as to whether or not it is published.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions: 

  • You must have completed all 57 assignments.

  • The course must have been completed within 36 months of registration.

  • A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.

  • At least one creative writing course completed, or a short story published, or a short-listing of a short story in a competition, or one novel published or self-published.
  • Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required.
  • No previous tertiary qualification required.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can apply for a course and start as soon as you want to. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we see proof of payment, your course will start.

You could be starting your course today!

  • Novel Writing: This depends on how fast your write. On average, we estimate around 1500-2000 hours.

  • Web-designing: Up to 40 hours (depending on your skill level and experience)

  • Author Brand Writing Time: Up to 50 hours

  • Research Time: Up to 20 hours

 
 

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notice of approval and an invoice via email. As soon as we see proof of payment, you will receive the first module. We will also send you your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work you create on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

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