Understand the publishing process
Feel confident submitting your work
See your writing in print
You've done the hard work already.
You've finished a piece of writing.
And now you want it to have a home—a place where you can share it with others, and feel excited to see your name in print.
But publishing can feel complicated and intimidating...
Where do you send your writing?
How long does it take to hear back?
Do you send it to multiple places? One at a time? How do you choose?
All these questions can make you feel like an outsider. And honestly, that isn't right. Publishing is just a process and if you know how it works, from start to finish, you can share your writing widely in a meaningful way.
Finding a Home for Your Writing
is a self-paced online course that guides you step by step through the process of publishing short work.
You'll learn how to prepare your writing for submission, find the right places to send your work, and see it through to publication.
Kate Finlinson is intimately familiar with the current literary landscape through her work as a fiction writer, editor, and teacher. She earned her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the last decade, she has published her writing in several highly regarded print and online journals. From 2010-2012, she worked as an editorial assistant for the prestigious O. Henry Prize Stories collection, where she read hundreds of contemporary literary magazines. She has participated in numerous writing workshops and conferences.
Through these experiences, Kate has learned many lessons about finding a home for your work and she is eager to share that hard-won knowledge with you.
What do you get in this course?
Finding a Home for Your Writing guides you through the exact system that Kate has refined to make the submission process simple and straightforward. What took her 10 years to learn through trial-and-error, she'll lay out for you in 10 clear lessons.
Lessons 1 + 2: What You Need to Know About Literary Journals
Before throwing you into the publication process, Kate helps you understand the literary landscape and what publishing can actually do for you. Some of what you'll learn:
Lesson 3: Preparing Your Writing to Submit
How do you know your piece is really ready for an editor's eyes? In this lesson you'll get:
Lesson 4: How (and Why) to Track Your Submissions
Sending your work out for publication can get messy fast. This lesson helps you avoid embarrassing errors by keeping track of submissions in a streamlined way. You'll learn:
Lesson 5: All About Cover Letters
Most every venue that publishes essays, short stories, and poems asks for a cover letter. This can feel like an intimidating block, but it doesn't have to. In this lesson you'll get:
Lesson 6: Using Submittable to Submit Your Writing
If you want to publish, you need to use Submittable. This lesson helps you skip the learning curve and understand Submittable's limitations. You'll learn:
Lesson 7: The 5 Steps to Submit Your Work Successfully
Your writing is ready. You know where you want to send it. How do you actually sit down and actually submit your piece? In this lesson you'll walk through:
Lesson 8: How to Handle Rejection
Rejection is inevitable in publishing. But not all rejection letters are created equal. They each communicate something about how your work was received, and where you should keep submitting. In this lesson, you'll see:
Lessons 9 + 10: What to Do When Your Writing is Accepted for Publication
Scattered advice about publishing on the internet often focuses on the submission process. But there's little about how to conduct yourself once an editor says Yes. What you do when your writing has been accepted for publication sets you apart. You'll want to know:
No more wasted time.
Kate already spent 10 years researching, learning how to publish efficiently and professionally.
You don't have to wonder if your cover letter's right, or if you're making a mistake when emailing an editor.
This course will guide you, step by step.
All you have to do is write and submit.
When you register today, you get:
You feel deep down that your writing is ready to share.
You just don't know how to get it there.
Don't let it sit in a dark drawer. Get it published.
A note from Ashmae & Kathy, founders of Mine to Tell:
If you've taken a writing course from us, you know that we believe deeply that writing is important, first and foremost for yourself. Writing that you never publish or show to anyone is worthwhile.
We also know that some writing (not all) calls to be shared—especially when it's as gorgeous and thoughtful as some of the writing we've seen in the courses we teach.
Just as you make your own world better by writing for yourself, you can make other people's world better by sharing it.
Good luck. We hope you'll tell us where we can find your published work.
Ashmae Hoiland & Kathy West