LITT08006 2017 Publishing & Professional Practice

General Details

Full Title
Publishing & Professional Practice
Transcript Title
80 %
Subject Area
LITT - Literature
COMP - Computing & Creative Practices
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mr. John Kelleher, Tom Weir, Rhona Trench, Una Mannion
Programme Membership
SG_HWRIT_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Writing and Literature SG_HWRIT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature SG_HWLIT_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature

This module introduces learners to the world of publishing. Students will consider the relationship between writing and the market place and will have the opportunity to meet with visiting professionals, including agents, editors, publishing houses, magazine and newspaper editors, copy editors, journalists, digital publishers and bloggers.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Edit documents to be publication ready, including line editing as well as structural editing using conventions of copy editors


Communicate through appropriate media with agents, editors and publishing houses complying with outlined submission guidelines


Understand how new technological advances offer new opportunities for writing and publishing


Research for writing, publishing and marketing purposes


Prepare for and reflect on professional practice with portfolio of relevant documents and professional development plan

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching and learning strategy in this module designed to maximise learning opportunities for students and includes, seminars, collaborative work, ongoing editing tasks, and visiting professionals.


Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy in this module is 100% continuous assessment that offers multiple assessment modes to achieve module learning outcomes. Assignments include self-assessment in relation to a work placement or work praxis (30%). Group projects where students act as editorial panel and make publishing decisions (30%) and a portfolio with submission documents: CV, professional practice plan including research, edited scripts and reflective essay on praxis and learning in module incorporating learning from visiting professionals and work placement/experience (40%)


Repeat Assessments

students who fail have the oppoertunity to repeat continuous assesment project

Indicative Syllabus

Learners will prepare work to be publication-ready through line and structural editing as well as producing accompanying documents such as agent cover letters, proposal letters, CVs, summaries of work. We will investigate writing opportunities in Ireland and the UK including journals, magazines, newspapers, and competitions. 


Introduction and Irish Context




Line editing and structural editing


Copy editing


Online Publishing


Ethics and Publishing Law


Submission Documents


Publishing in Ireland and the UK


Finding an Agent




Professional Practice


CV, Professional Development Plan, Proposals & Reflection

Short term work placement




Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Work placement /work praxis assessment Continuous Assessment Performance Evaluation 30 % Week 9 1,2,4,5
2 Publishing assessment Continuous Assessment Group Project 30 % Week 7 3,4,5
3 Portfolio Continuous Assessment Individual Project 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Seminar Flat Classroom seminar 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Bingham, Harry. The Writers and Artists Yearbook Guide to Getting Published. A & C Black Publishers, 2010

Carnoy, D. (2012). “How to self-publish an ebook.” CNet.

Drucker, Johanna, Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production. Harvard UP, 2014.

Friedman, J. (2012). “How to Write a Book Proposal.”

Friedman, Jane.“5 research steps before you write your book proposal.”


McGuire, Hugh & Brian. O’Leary Book: A Futurist's Manifesto: A Collection of Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing. O’Reilly Media, 2012.

Penn, Joanna. (2014). “The Indie Author Power Pack: How to write, publish, and market your book.”

Thompson, John B. Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Industry in the 21st Century. Penguin Random House, 2012.

Vaynerchuk, Gary. Jab, Jab, Hook, Hook: How To Tell Your Story In a Noisy Social World. Harper Business, 2013.