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 studying 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.
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/intellectual property 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.
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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.
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.
“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
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.
|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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