LITT08006 2017 Publishing & Professional Practice
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.
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%)
students who fail have the oppoertunity to repeat continuous assesment project
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
Ethics and Publishing Law
Publishing in Ireland and the UK
Finding an Agent
CV, Professional Development Plan, Proposals & Reflection
Short term work placement
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|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
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.” http://amzn.to/1vVyvap
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.