Reviews of Our Courses and Workshops

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Enlightening Flash Fiction Workshop

June Rogers

Ella Peary is a masterful instructor. I learned so much about the genre of flash fiction from her and find it one of the best avenues now for my fiction writing. Ella's course is clear, concise and provides many options and prompts to try your han...

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Ella Peary is a masterful instructor. I learned so much about the genre of flash fiction from her and find it one of the best avenues now for my fiction writing. Ella's course is clear, concise and provides many options and prompts to try your hand at writing short, powerful pieces. This course has also helped my fiction writing overall, be it short story or poetry. Her "office hours" are also helpful, with live question and answer periods and reviews of stories. I highly recommend this workshop.

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Gratitude for this Course!

Rachel Prizant Kotok

This course helped to demystify the landscape of literary journals and submission process. The instructor's feedback was immensely helpful; I feel much more confident submitting my work. The online forum is learner-centered, interactive, clear, an...

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This course helped to demystify the landscape of literary journals and submission process. The instructor's feedback was immensely helpful; I feel much more confident submitting my work. The online forum is learner-centered, interactive, clear, and useful. There are opportunities to connect with others online; I've made a partnership with another writer in the course to exchange reading and feedback on an ongoing basis with one other. Thank you for this wonderful and pragmatic course!

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Great course

Jessica Adams

I loved every minute of this course and gained so much from it. It was a wonderful experience. The personal feedback was invaluable.

I loved every minute of this course and gained so much from it. It was a wonderful experience. The personal feedback was invaluable.

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High Praise for Manuscript Publishing for Novelists

Michael Hood

Manuscript Publishing for Novelists provided an excellent overview of what is involved in this process. The organization of the course followed each step of the process from proper formatting of the manuscript, to preparing a query letter, to vet...

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Manuscript Publishing for Novelists provided an excellent overview of what is involved in this process. The organization of the course followed each step of the process from proper formatting of the manuscript, to preparing a query letter, to vetting a publisher and agent, and to reviewing a checklist before submitting the manuscript. Along the way, during each segment of the course, there were helpful recommendations of what to do and not to do. Emily is not only an expert in this field, but also a genuine person. Every aspect of the course was conducted in a professional manner, and I would recommend Manuscript Publishing for Novelists to anyone interested in publishing their first novel.

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Rare and Helpful Course

Danielle Wong

The one thing I noticed is that there is little information about how to go about getting published. This course gives you insight on how to improve your writing, gives the opportunity to make friends willing to start writing groups, and gives th...

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The one thing I noticed is that there is little information about how to go about getting published. This course gives you insight on how to improve your writing, gives the opportunity to make friends willing to start writing groups, and gives the "secrets" to going about getting your work published. I learned and gained a lot more in this course than I had expected. The critiques received from the instructor and from classmates is invaluable. I feel more confident in editing my work, providing feedback to others, and knowing how to approach journals and where to find them. It is a confidence I didn't have before the course. Thank you! Danielle Wong

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Manuscript Publishing for Novelists

Joanne Culley

The text was excellent and thorough, covering all aspects of the steps to take in getting one's novel published. I liked the blend of reading, watching the videos, receiving feedback by email, and viewing the discussion content from other students...

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The text was excellent and thorough, covering all aspects of the steps to take in getting one's novel published. I liked the blend of reading, watching the videos, receiving feedback by email, and viewing the discussion content from other students. This course was very well put together.

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Amazing!

Erin Flanagan

This four week course is very well laid out. Each week offers assignments that actually taught me how to properly submit my work. I was given individualized feedback on my current work and a sample query letter. Emily even suggested specific publi...

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This four week course is very well laid out. Each week offers assignments that actually taught me how to properly submit my work. I was given individualized feedback on my current work and a sample query letter. Emily even suggested specific publishers and agents that would be best suited to my work based on her extensively knowledge of the publishing industry. I feel much more confident now in searching out opportunities to share my writing. This course was incredibly valuable.

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Meet Our Instructors

Emily Colin

Emily Colin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Memory Thief, as well as the author of The Dream Keeper's Daughter, published by Ballantine Books. Her latest book, Sword of the Seven Sins, launched this August.

In addition to her extensive experience publishing her novels, she's edited a YA fiction anthology, published three non-fiction books, helped start two publishing companies, and worked as a magazine editor.

She has also taught a wide variety of fiction classes, and is known as an engaging, energetic, and thoughtful instructor. Her extensive experience gives her valuable insight into the world of contemporary publishing.

Emily's diverse life experience includes organizing a Coney Island tattoo and piercing show, hauling fish at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys, roaming New York City as an itinerant teenage violinist, helping launch two small publishing companies, and serving as the associate director of a nonprofit dedicated to immersing youth in need in the arts. She is the 2017 recipient of the North Carolina Sorosis Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and the 2018 Recipient of the North Carolina Greater Foundation of Women’s Clubs Lucy Bramlett Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing.

Leila Sales

Leila Sales has edited award-winning and bestselling fiction and nonfiction books for readers of all ages. Her authors have included award-winning actors Viola Davis and Bob Balaban; New York Times bestselling authors Gayle Forman, Max Brallier, and Ame Dyckman; National Book Award Finalist Elizabeth Partridge; MacArthur Fellow Xu Bing; and many more. Leila has also managed classic children’s publishing properties including Corduroy, Angelina Ballerina, Ferdinand, The Snowy Day, and others. Learn more about her editorial experience at thebookengineer.com.

Leila is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels for children and young adults, including This Song Will Save Your Life and Once Was a Time. Her books have been optioned for stage and screen, selected for many state award lists, translated into a dozen languages, and received numerous starred reviews. Learn more about her writing at leilasales.com.

Leila was born in Boston, Massachusetts; received her degree from the University of Chicago; and worked at Penguin Random House in New York City. She is now based in Austin, Texas, and speaks about books and publishing all over the world.


Emily Harstone

Emily Harstone is the pen-name of the author of many popular books for writers, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript Submissions, The 2019 Guide to Manuscript Publishers, The Authors Publish Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Publishing, and Submit, Publish, Repeat.

Through these books, she has helped many writers connect with quality publishers for their books.

As a professional submissions adviser, she has helped many writers successfully place their work in literary journals.

Emily graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, then worked as a creative writing professor at Berkeley College in New York, as well as Seattle Pacific University.

She went on to become a co-founder of Authors Publish Magazine, where she regularly engages with the editors of literary journals.


Ella Peary

Ella Peary is the pen name of an internationally published author and editor. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, she lived abroad in a monastery for five years where she served as an editor for Darshan Press and Inword Publishers.

She's edited writing published in The Huffington Post, and a number of full-length manuscripts she's edited have received major international awards, including The Best Graphic Novel of the Year (Comics Finlandia), The Montaigne Medal, and The National India Excellence Awards.

She's a columnist at Ruminate, and her writing is frequently translated for publication in Ananda, one of Europe's best-selling yoga magazines.

She is a long-time literary journal reviewer and editor at Authors Publish Magazine. She wrote The Author's Publish Quick Start Guide to Flash Fiction.

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