Write a Young Adult Novel With Guidance from a New York Times Bestselling Author

For the first time ever, Emily Colin is leading a workshop on writing a stellar YA novel with publication in mind. This is a unique opportunity to get personal feedback, support, and guidance from a New York Times bestselling author.

  • Four weeks of in-depth guidance on crafting a novel with publication in mind

  • Feedback from Emily Colin on your first ten pages, query letter, hook, logline, and synopsis

  • Personal help finding the right publisher for your novel

  • Full access to our private community of writers, so you can network with your fellow students.

  • Lifetime access to live office hours with Emily Colin and our other instructors, even after the course is complete

The current session of the course has been filled.

Follow the Path of a Successful Author – While Honoring Your Personal Vision as a Writer

Emily Colin found an agent, landed a publishing deal, and became a New York Times bestselling author. She knows the steps that you need to take to secure an agent and find a home for your book, based on her real-world experience as a successful author. She also knows how important it is to honor the artistic impulse that drives every author.

In this course, Emily will show you how to make your vision for a novel compelling and engaging to readers, agents, and publishers. She’ll then walk you through querying agents and finding the publishing path that’s right for you, helping you craft an airtight query letter, hook, and synopsis for your novel.

The course is based on Emily’s extensive experience in the publishing world. She’s helped start two small publishing companies. She’s been published by major publishers and small presses, writing both adult and YA fiction. She’s become a New York Times bestselling author. 

This course is for authors who want to publish in one of the most popular markets out there: Young Adult Fiction. You’ll study craft, learning how to write a YA novel that stands out from the crowd, while still honoring your creative vision. You'll understand your book's place in the market, learn how to find the right agent, discover diverse paths to publication, and craft a submission packet together with Emily.

The course includes:

  • Four weeks of instruction in writing and publishing a young adult novel
  • Detailed feedback on the first ten pages of your manuscript, so you can grab the attention of agents and editors
  • Detailed feedback on your query letter, logline, hook, and synopsis
  • Live office hours with Emily Colin, plus daily discussion within the course itself

The course officially starts on October 12th and ends on November 6th. Everything is held online.

After the course ends, you will have six months to submit your work for feedback, plus ongoing access to live office hours with Emily Colin.

Because of the intense level of interaction and feedback that Emily is offering, the course is strictly limited to 22 students. Enrollment will close as soon as the class is filled.

If you are interested in this course, I urge you to enroll right now. We are offering a limited early-bird enrollment discount until Sunday.

Write a YA Novel that Meets the Needs of Publishers

During this course, Emily Colin will guide you through the process of writing an engaging YA novel that meets the needs of publishers. She'll then help you polish your opening pages, craft a query letter, hook, and synopsis – so you can maximize your chances of landing a publishing contract.

  • Personal Feedback on Your Opening Pages

  • Help Crafting Your Query Letter and Synopsis

  • Expert Guidance on Meeting the Needs of Publishers

Personal Feedback on Your Writing

In addition to the 4 weeks of in-depth training, Emily Colin is generously offering feedback on student writing. She will give you detailed feedback on the first 10 pages of your manuscript, help you polish your query letter, provide feedback on your synopsis, and assist you in finding agents and publishers for your book.


The Course is Limited to 22 Students
Because of the personal feedback Emily is providing, the course is strictly limited to 22 students. Once we reach that number we will close enrollment.

Workshop Schedule

The course starts on Monday, October 12th and ends on November 6th. The course comes with daily lessons you can study on your own time, and daily interaction with Emily Colin. Everything is provided online, through the digital learning platform hosted by Thinkific.

Note that you will have up to six months after the course finishes to submit your writing for feedback. Also note that you will have access to office hours even after the course is complete.

  • Daily lessons, available to study any time on our online learning platform, hosted by Thinkific.

  • Personal feedback on every lesson via email, our online discussion platform, or our private Facebook Group.

  • When you are ready, Emily will provide feedback on your first 10 manuscript pages, query letter, synopsis, and help you find agents and publishers appropriate for your book.

About 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.


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Please note, this workshop is strictly limited to 22 participants.
Early Bird Tuition is Available Until Sunday, October 4th.

Praise for Authors Publish Workshops

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It motivated me to start writing again!

Susan Payne

This course broadened my abilities to get my manuscript out in the hands of the right publishers and agents. It renewed my interest in writing. Emily is very knowledgeable about editing and submitting. I would encourage anyone considering submi...

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This course broadened my abilities to get my manuscript out in the hands of the right publishers and agents. It renewed my interest in writing. Emily is very knowledgeable about editing and submitting. I would encourage anyone considering submission of a manuscript to enroll in this workshop.

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Register now. I wish I hadn't waited.

Lori McIntyre

I put myself on the waiting list for this course twice, and upon completion of it, I kicked myself for delaying. Manuscript Publishing for Novelists thoughtfully provided me with an overview of the writing and publishing process. Each lesson is bu...

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I put myself on the waiting list for this course twice, and upon completion of it, I kicked myself for delaying. Manuscript Publishing for Novelists thoughtfully provided me with an overview of the writing and publishing process. Each lesson is built upon the next, giving the writer required tools to meet success both personally, and on a potential publishing level. The information is current and vitally important in an industry that is competitive and transformative. Feedback on assignments is immediate and tailored to the student's genre. Good writing needs more than just compelling characters and plot arcs. Knowledge in terms of submissions, agents, publishers, and marketing is as important as a well crafted manuscript. All of that is waiting for you.

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The title is exactly what the course is about.

Julie Christiansen

As I neared the end of the four-week seminar with Emily Harstone on how to submit a manuscript to a publisher or an agent, I realized that I had learned more in just four weeks of daily lessons than I had in almost ten years of trial and error in ...

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As I neared the end of the four-week seminar with Emily Harstone on how to submit a manuscript to a publisher or an agent, I realized that I had learned more in just four weeks of daily lessons than I had in almost ten years of trial and error in getting my manuscripts published. What makes the coursed offered by Emily and Authors Publish so unique is the extensive and personal feedback which she gives each student in the class. Through Emily's professional critique, I was able to turn a ho-hum manuscript into an eye-catching, attention-getting excerpt. Armed with that and a tightly crafted query letter and synopsis, I am confident now that I will be able to find the right publisher for my manuscript.

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You win some. You learn some

Rebecca Moore

I have thoroughly enjoyed every workshop I have taken with Authors Publish. Ella is one of the most informative instructors I have had the privilege of studying under. Her patience and kindness in her instruction and critiques are added teaching...

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I have thoroughly enjoyed every workshop I have taken with Authors Publish. Ella is one of the most informative instructors I have had the privilege of studying under. Her patience and kindness in her instruction and critiques are added teaching skills not everyone has in their toolbelts. I have always finished her workshops with insights that benefit and inform all of my writing.

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Excellent workshopping opportunities with a very responsive instructor

Tara Guy

I learned a lot in this fun course! Flash fiction is a very distinctive form, and harder than it looks, given its short form. Ella distills this fiction sub-category down to its essential elements, and gives great examples of how to find and writ...

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I learned a lot in this fun course! Flash fiction is a very distinctive form, and harder than it looks, given its short form. Ella distills this fiction sub-category down to its essential elements, and gives great examples of how to find and write your flashpoint. A kind, generous and supportive instructor, she offers a specific, hands-on, valuable critique on each piece her students submit. When you are finished, you'll have five flash fiction pieces polished and ready to submit. Go for it, you won't be sorry!

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Worth Every Penny!

YVONNE BORGOGNI

This was a fantastic class from beginning to end: well-structured, organized, and informative. Each section gave me a better understanding of how publishing works. I would highly recommend this class.

This was a fantastic class from beginning to end: well-structured, organized, and informative. Each section gave me a better understanding of how publishing works. I would highly recommend this class.

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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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Most Helpful Course on Publishing

Vicki Biggs

This was the most helpful course on publishing! It covered aspects of preparing your query letter and synopsis for a publisher that books on the subject had not managed. And it provided clarity on how to look out for the kinds of publishers and ...

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This was the most helpful course on publishing! It covered aspects of preparing your query letter and synopsis for a publisher that books on the subject had not managed. And it provided clarity on how to look out for the kinds of publishers and how they can impact your future publishing efforts. In a world of ebooks, publishing has changed, though not as much as you might think and this course addressed this nicely.

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Great Course!

Susan Hynds

I enjoyed "Manuscript Publishing for Novelists" a great deal. Emily is both kind and thorough in reading and responding to submitted assignments. Her knowledge of the publishing industry is impressive, and she freely shares this knowledge in her v...

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I enjoyed "Manuscript Publishing for Novelists" a great deal. Emily is both kind and thorough in reading and responding to submitted assignments. Her knowledge of the publishing industry is impressive, and she freely shares this knowledge in her virtual office hours and her individual comments on submitted work. I took this course, because the "Author's Publish" website is such a valuable resource for seasoned and novice writers alike. Emily's insightful reviews of publishing venues, her articles on the publishing industry, and her lists of journals and publishing houses currently accepting submissions are probably the most valuable resources I've found anywhere. I had hoped that she would bring that extensive knowledge and those valuable insights to this course, and I was not disappointed. Great Class!

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Excellent course!

Linda Simser

I am so pleased to have taken this course from Emily...she provided so much valuable information it would have taken a newbie like me months to find/figure out! All the practical advice an emerging author needs to feel confident enough to jump in...

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I am so pleased to have taken this course from Emily...she provided so much valuable information it would have taken a newbie like me months to find/figure out! All the practical advice an emerging author needs to feel confident enough to jump into the publishing world with helpful caveats/links on what to avoid/watch out for. And overarching all is Emily's truly insightful commentary that helps make any writer better and feel more prepared in tackling the first/next draft. Accompany this with a warm, encouraging approach to fragile egos, and this course is outstanding! Thanks, Emily; I truly enjoyed it and will highly recommend it to others looking for a thorough and practical overview of publishing.

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A valuable course for every author considering publication

nandhini natarajan

This course was as important as writing the manuscript!

This course was as important as writing the manuscript!

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FAQ

  • What is the course schedule?

    The course starts on Monday, October 12th and ends on November 6th. The course comes with daily lessons you can study on your own time, and feedback on your assignments from Emily Colin.

    Note that you will be able to submit your work for feedback after the course officially ends, but we ask that you do so within six months.

    You will also get ongoing access to live office hours, so you can continue to get answers to your questions, even after the course has ended.

  • How much time will the course require?

    Expect to spend around 30 minutes a day on the course. Some days will require less work, some days will require more. Daily lessons can be done on your own time. The meetings with Emily will be scheduled to best work for the entire class.

  • How many students will be allowed to enroll?

    Because of the personal feedback Emily is providing, the workshop is strictly limited to 22 students. Once we reach that number we will immediately close enrollment.

  • I've already finished my novel. Is this course right for me?

    If you have already finished your manuscript, you may be asked to make changes, based on feedback directly from Emily Colin. This feedback will be aimed at making sure your novel meets the needs of publishers.

    You will also get personal feedback on your opening pages, query letter, synopsis, and hook. All of these are key pieces of the submissions packet you will be sending to publishers and agents.

    Finally, you will also get personal help finding publishers appropriate for your novel.

  • I haven't yet started my novel. Is this course right for me?

    This course gives you a solid foundation for writing a novel that meets the needs of publishers. If you are just starting a manuscript, or in the process of writing one, this course guides you through the process of making sure your novel fits the needs of publishers. There are often simple decisions that have a big impact on a book's chances to get published. Emily will guide you through these simple decisions, so you can maximize your chance of publication.

  • How much time will I have to complete my work, so that I can get Emily's feedback?

    We understand that everyone works and writes at their own pace. Though the primary teaching part of the course is focused on four weeks, you are not required to submit your work during that time.

    You are welcome to study all of the material at your own pace. We do ask that you submit your assignments within six months of the course starting.