How to Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher | Writing Mastery

Sell Your Novel to a
Major Publisher

Learn how to sell your book and become paid, published author in this comprehensive, step-by-step online course


  • Selling your novel to a major publisher?
  • Getting paid to write?
  • Becoming a published author?
  • Seeing your book on the shelf of bookstores around the world?
  • Getting your novel in front of movie producers and Hollywood studio execs?

This course will teach you exactly how to accomplish all of this…and more.

In this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind course, bestselling author Jessica Brody shares her secrets of success for writing, pitching, and achieving all of your publishing goals. The road to publication can be a very long, daunting and complicated process with plenty of opportunities to get lost, frustrated and make mistakes that could cost you weeks, even months of wasted time and effort.

In this course, Jessica puts you on the fast-track to selling your novel by laying out a simple, straightforward path to publication, complete with exercises, templates, and tools that will guide you through each step of the process.

Whether you’ve already finished a novel, you’re currently working on one, or you’ve been itching to start writing one for months (or even years!), this course will give you the knowledge, insight, and edge that you need to jump start your novel-selling journey.

With over twenty book contracts from major publishers to date, Jessica Brody packs her 12+ years of publishing industry experience into one easy-to-follow course.


Self publishing (publishing a book yourself) is a perfectly viable option for many authors, but this specific course is about traditional publishing. Or in other words, how to sell your novel to a major publisher.

But what exactly is traditional publishing? And what does it mean to sell your novel to a publisher? ‍

These are just some of the benefits of traditional publishing:

  • Getting paid up-front for your book.
  • No required out-of-pocket expenses incurred by you throughout the entire publishing process.
  • Working directly with an experienced editor and editorial team to ensure that your novel is the very best quality it can be when it releases to the public.
  • Being able to focus almost exclusively on writing – As a traditionally published author, you typically don’t have to deal with the many other facets of the publishing process like marketing, publicity, sales, design, production, or distribution
  • A dedicated sales team whose job is to get your book on the shelf of large and small bookstores around the world, which may include giant retailers like Barnes and Noble, Waterstones, Target, WHSmith, Walmart, Chapters, Costco, and grocery stores.
  • An in-house book publicist (at no cost to you!) whose job is to set up bookstore signings, festivals, events and possibly even nationwide book tours, as well as securing you TV and radio appearances, interviews, and reviews in local and national publications.
  • Being represented by a literary agent who sells your novel to publishers all over the world (This falls under the category of “translation rights” – the right to translate your book in other languages, which is covered extensively in this course)
  • Working with film agents in Hollywood to make sure your book has the best possible chance of being adapted for film or television.

This course will teach you how ALL of this (and more!) can be part of your publishing journey.

60 Video

5.5 Hours
of Content

42 Exercises
& Handouts

What You'll Learn

Meet Your Instructor

Hello, I’m Jessica Brody! In the past 12 years, I’ve sold more than 20 novels to major publishers like Simon and Schuster, Random House, Macmillan, and Disney Press. This has given me a unique, insider perspective on the publishing industry with loads of experience dealing with book contracts, royalty statements, advances, foreign translation rights, film options, literary agents, film agents, query letters, book releases, and more.

In this course, I share with you all of my insider knowledge about the publishing industry and put you on the fast-track to making your own publication dreams come true!

Who is this Course For?

What Students are Saying


"Because of Jessica's help, I now have an agent and my first book deal."

-Brad G.

"It was Brody's research techniques and the Magic Query Maximizer system that landed me my "Top Choice" literary agent. This course is the complete package."

-Ara G.

"LOVED the query letter explanation!"

-Jay S.

"As always, Jessica Brody delivers an insider's knowledge and the tools to move forward in the process now."

-Sue M.

"Taught me not just how to query my novel, but also the behind the scenes from the publishing industry and what to expect from a book contract."

-Raluca D.

"You will gain so much from this course; it will save you from embarrassment, stumbling, quitting, and most of all, leaving your dream on the shelf."

-Sybil N.

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Our course library includes:

Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course

Discover the secret storytelling code behind all great novels and use it to outline, write or revise your own

Novel Fast Drafting Course

Learn the fastest, most efficient way to write novels (and finish them every single time)

The Complete Novel Revision Course

Learn a time-tested, step-by-step revision process for taking your novel from first draft to final draft

Crafting Dynamic Characters

Crafting Dynamic Characters

Learn to create fully fleshed-out, dynamic characters and how to reveal them to the reader in a way that grabs their attention and captures their heart

Foundations of Fiction

Master the foundations of compelling fiction and use them to craft killer novels, memoirs, or short stories

Productivity Hacks for Writers

Learn to "hack" your brain, space, and devices to stay focused, be more productive, and get the most out of every writing day

Conquering Writer's Block

Proven strategies, techniques, and tools to overcome writer's block (for good!), and become a Prolific Writer

Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

Unleash your creativity and brainstorm "high-concept" book and movie ideas that sell

Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher

A comprehensive, step-by-step insider's guide to selling your book and becoming a paid, published author

Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

A comprehensive, step-by-step guide to successfully self-publishing and marketing your novel, with bestselling author Bethany Atazadeh

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