The first step towards getting published is finding yourself an agent.

Publishing 101: Find An Agent is a four week online course that will provide you with everything you need to know about preparing your manuscript and finding an agent. 

You think you’ve done the hard part by writing a book, but getting your novel published is the next big slog to tackle.

Now it’s time. You’ve spent hundreds of hours and writing and editing and polishing your story. It’s ready to become a Real Life Book Thing.

So now what? Where do you start? How do you find the right agent? How do you package up your manuscript so it won’t end up at the bottom of the slush pile? What even IS a slush pile? We have the answers!

Don’t jump the gun. Too many (ie: most) writers send off their manuscript far too early – before they’ve properly prepared, done their research, and put together a professional submission.

Learn the ins and outs and dos and don'ts of the submission process to boost your chance of success.


Prep for submission by researching agents, polishing up your manuscript, and making sure you take the right approach. Avoid classic pitfalls and common mistakes and give yourself the best start in the world of publishing!


A cracking submissions package and a good idea of who to send it all to. Combine with our dedicated Query and Synopsis courses for the full salvo!


Join our lovely little online community to support you through the submission process.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1: Are you ready for submission?

    • READ: General intros and burning questions

    • READ: Are you ready for this? Huh? huh?

    • READ: How do you know if your manuscript is ready for submission?

    • WRITE: Buckle up and pitch your story

    • WATCH: When and how to submit your work

    • READ: How do you muster up the gumption to submit your book?

  • 2

    Chapter 2: Where the heck do you start?

    • READ: What’s this submission business all about then?

    • EXERCISE: Summarising your story

    • READ: How do I find the right agent for my book? Part 1

    • WATCH: What do agents want?

    • READ: How do I find the right agent for my book? Part 2

    • EXERCISE: Whassit about? Who you gonna send it to?

  • 3

    Chapter 3: What to do; what not to do

    • READ: Whadda do?

    • READ: Whadda don't?

    • EXERCISE: Stand up, stand out

    • READ: Making your manuscript sparkle

    • EXERCISE: The Checklist of Preparation

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Success, failure, and everything in between

    • READ: Finding your own path

    • READ: How to deal with rejection

    • READ: What to do if an agent wants to see more

    • READ: And then…?

    • DISCUSS: Other options