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How To Get Published

Date: July 7 and 8, 2017
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location: Lakeshore Campus (Lake Shore Blvd. at Kipling) View Map
Room: L3016
Fee: $350

This insider’s guide is an intensive, two-day workshop for writers who want to know how to get published, how to promote themselves, and how to navigate the publishing business. No grades are given for this course.


  • what’s happening in Canadian publishing today and what it means for you
  • what publishers and literary agents are looking for
  • the pros and cons of self-publishing, both p-books and ebooks
  • how to prepare query letters and book proposals that get attention from agents and publishers
  • how to build your author profile and increase your sales
  • how to use social media effectively
  • how to market your book
  • the basics of financial arrangements and publishing agreements

Learn from Professionals
Workshop leader
Cynthia Good is the former president and publisher of Penguin Canada and director emeritus of Humber's Creative Book Publishing program. Sam Hiyate is a literary agent at The Rights Factory. He previously worked at the literary magazines Blood & Aphorisms and The Quarterly, and was the publisher of Gutter Press before launching the literary division of The Lavin Agency. Evan Munday is the author and illustrator of a Silver-Birch-nominated series of novels for young adults, The Dead Kid Detective Agency (ECW Press). He worked as the publicist for Coach House Books for eight years and was the interim director of The Word On The Street Toronto in 2016. He currently works as community manager for Type Books and co-hosts an Archie Comics podcast.


Learn in Historic Surroundings
The workshop is being offered at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus, located in Etobicoke on Lake Shore Boulevard West at the foot of Kipling Avenue.

For further information and to register by phone, please call 416-675-5005.
To register online, click the "Register Online" button below. In the "Search Results" column on the left, click "Detailed View", then click the "Add" button on the far right.

How to Get Published

"I took Cynthia Good’s Insider’s Guide to Publishing seminar back in 2011 and it clearly inspired me to get out there and do it!

Cynthia’s credentials alone are inspiring, but it was her no-nonsense approach that got me humming. She was plugged into the current market in a way any hopeful writer could only dream of.

Her ideas played in my head long after the course was over and influenced my decisions around finding a publisher for my book. I found myself saying, “Would Cynthia agree with this angle? Am I doing this Cynthia’s way?”

And in the end, I probably was because my pre-teen novel Shire Summer is now a reality and a launch for this book is planned for this coming May."

~ Noelle Jack, Shire Summer

"The world of publishing has dramatically changed in the past few years and Cynthia is like a beacon to help you navigate it's new landscape. She generously shares her vast knowledge and is genuinely there to help steer you in the right direction. She also assembles a top notch team of publishing insiders to explain how it works from all sides and to answer your questions. If you are serious about writing, do yourself a favour and benefit from the insider's perspective offered in this course."

~ Rosie Fernandez