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Creative Book Publishing

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 12251 Length: 1 semester

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
May 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen
May 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 1 semester is:

  • domestic: $6,467.20
  • international: $15,540.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Additional estimated costs for final project materials ($50 – $100).

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Alison Maclean
Program Director
416.675.6622 ext. 4566



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for Creative Book Publishing, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all information to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to submit a resume, cover letter and essay.

i. Resume and Cover Letter
Applicants must submit a detailed resume and cover letter.

ii. Essay
Applicants must submit a one-page essay about a Canadian authored book published within the last year. Include a very brief discussion of the content but place an emphasis on other elements of the book: format, price, cover and interior design, cover copy and any marketing details that may be on the book. Comment on the implications of the choices made in producing and marketing this book and compare it to others in the bookstore.

Submission Instructions for Resume, Cover Letter and Essay

Applicants must submit the resume and essay through SlideRoom. SlideRoom is a secure site where secondary requirements are collected, scored and stored. Log-in to and create your free account. There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Creative Book Publishing graduate certificate program combines creativity and entrepreneurship with the only opportunities in Canada to specialize in literary agenting/rights management and publishing technology. Taught by working professionals, and visited by industry experts and published authors, students of this program regularly make valuable contacts.

After two months of foundational publishing courses including business models, acquisitions, contracts, copyright, technology, creativity, operations and content management, you will choose three of four specializations: editorial, marketing, literary agenting/rights management or advanced technology. In the final month, students are organized into groups representing publishing enterprises. They collaborate to create model publishing companies from the ground up including business plans, publishing lists, jackets and covers, websites, and marketing campaigns. This intense capstone assignment provides an unprecedented knowledge base which prepares graduates for a successful career in publishing.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Create a freelance business in any of the following areas – Editorial, Publicity/Public Relations, Design/Packaging.

  • Represent authors as literary agents to publishing houses in Canada and internationally.

  • Publish their own creative works independent of publishing houses.

  • Critically analyze proposals and literary works for legal implications including copyright issues, libel, trademark, moral rights and intellectual property rights.

  • Prepare business documents related to publishing such as business plans, annual reports, and business proposals in conformity with industry and market standards.

  • Evaluate national and international markets.

  • Prepare sales and promotion strategies and materials, and negotiate agreements for the selling of rights of authors’ works.

  • Produce publishing content for media outlets as arts commentators, book reviewers, and TV/radio producers.

  • Analyze manuscripts for quality and profitability.

  • Analyze and predict publishing operations in the areas of distribution, credit, supply chain, information technology, warehousing and inventory control, and customer service.

  • Analyze public policy and granting structures available to publishing as a Canadian cultural industry.

  • Prepare marketing strategies and create marketing documents and materials for book proposals, book jackets, and sales presentations.

  • Complete structural edits and copy edits, perform proofreading, and production editing as part of the editorial process.


Your Career

Book publishing is an innovative cultural industry that adapts to rapid and constant change in the marketplace and to evolving technological requirements while continuing to nurture creativity and growth. Find opportunities in editorial, marketing, technology, contracts, subsidiary rights, sales, management/operations and production/ design. Or work in closely related fields as a content manager, publicist, literary agent, book reviewer, arts journalist, bookseller, educator, or entertainment/copyright/intellectualproperty expert in government agencies and industry associations. Humber also encourages entrepreneurship and the development of new enterprises including self-publishing and freelance options. Professional development is emphasized throughout the program.

The Humber Advantage

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The Creative Book Publishing program.

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Distinguished Faculty

Our faculty has a deep understanding of the art and business of the book world. Instructors work in publishing houses or as freelancers, ensuring student learning keeps pace with this rapidly changing industry. Students expand their network through field trips and lectures by established writers, editors, and more.

Alison Maclean Randy Chan Julia Chanter

Industry Partnerships

Humber has a large number of publishing industry partners who offer internship, networking and career opportunities. Most full-time internships run for 12 to 16 weeks and offer an honorarium of $1,200 to $1,500. Through the program, we also offer several paid internships.

Student Success Stories

“I've recently started a full time position with a major publisher in New York City! It's a dream come true and it wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for Humber. It's an amazing program and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about the industry.”   
- Eliana Seochand

Humber/Trent Collaborative Program

The Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College and the English Masters Program at Trent University have entered into a collaborative arrangement which enables a select number of students each year to simultaneously earn an MA degree in English (Public Texts) and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in Creative Book Publishing.

Advisory Committee

The Humber Creative Book Publishing Advisory Committee helps us to ensure that the program is as current as possible.

Advisory Committee

Suzanne Brandreth Literary Agent and Director, The Cooke Agency and The Cooke Agency International
Jack David Publisher, ECW Press
Michael Epp Director - Master of Arts in Public Texts, Trent University
Ashleigh Gardner Head of Writer & Publisher Partnerships, Wattpad
Sheila Kay Deputy Director - Publicity, Random House Canada
Marla Krisko Director - Trade Sales, Scholastic Canada
Michael Levine Parter - Goodmans LLP - Barristers & Solicitors
Nathan Maharaj Director of Merchandising, Kobo
Steve Osgoode Director, Digital Business Development HarperCollins Canada
Diane Turbide  Publishing Director, Penguin Group Canada
Robert Wheaton Chief Operating Officer, Penguin Random House Canada
Matt Williams Committee Chair; Vice President, Publishing Operations, House of Anansi Press
Margie Wolfe President/Publisher, Second Story Press
Allen Zuk President & Creative Director, Clamour Creative (and CBPP Faculty)


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