Open Book: from writer to published author in 8 weeks

(Paul’s acclaimed ChairmanMe course is now back by popular demand! Starting MAY 6TH 2024)

“I wouldn’t have gotten my book deal without this course.” 

– Ronald Drabkin, author of Beverly Hills Spy (William Morrow)

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. 

But don’t just take our word for it…

“Paul lays out the agent and publisher landscape and shows you how to make the pitch in his trademark self deprecating humor which is both fun and effective in organizing things. I wouldn’t have gotten the book deal without this course.” – Ronald Drabkin, author of Beverly Hills Spy (William Morrow)

Starting May 6th 2024. Just $600 for all eight 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 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 Open Book community.

Week 9: BONUS WEEK! How To Publish Your Memoir

How to publish your memoir: An extra week of lessons, taught by Paul Bradley Carr and Sarah Lacy, plus special guests.

Starting May 6th. Just $600 for all eight weeks!

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 (every Weds at 10:30am Pacific) with Paul Bradley Carr– multi-published author and founder of two publishing companies
  • 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