Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 IMF54101 Manuscript Preparation & Publication - Catherine Rankovic

Online Class
IMF 54101 Spec Top: Manuscript Preparation & Publication

Instructor: Catherine Rankovic

Class Type: Preparation for publication

Course Description:
Learning how to confidently submit acceptable manuscripts to appropriate markets is the goal of this practical course. Students must choose one of their own manuscripts to work with for the entire quarter. This manuscript must consist of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry (not drama or screenplays), and range from 20 pages to book-length, but it must be completed, a single unit, and ready for submission. We assume all workshopping and revising has been done, and focus is on the next step: publication. We will read and learn about how the industry works and conventional and new approaches to publication and other forms of manuscript dissemination. Learn the standards for presentation and formatting, practice writing queries, cover letters, and synopses and share them, target likely publishers, learn how to interact with editors, and perform market research. Writing is an art; publishing is a business. This course encourages a businesslike and committed approach.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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