Undergraduate | CUR-PWP330 | 2024
Immerse yourself in a real-world experience of publishing. You’ll apply your skills to editing and designing a real book. Cover publishing processes from acquisitions to sales. Explore marketing practices including brand development and social media.
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- Study method
- 100% online
- 100% online
- Start dates
- 26 Aug 2024
- Entry requirements
- No ATAR needed,
- No prior study
- 13 weeks
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About this subject
At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- work both independently and collaboratively to publish a book to industry standards
- apply advanced publishing skills – such as writing, editing, design, digital and marketing – to professional-level tasks
- critically analyse the social and cultural factors that impact a written text’s production and reception
- make creative and innovative decisions that help to effectively communicate ideas
- Introduction to a student-staffed publishing house
- History and backlist
- Departments in a publishing house
- Getting acquainted with ongoing projects
- Finding new projects
- Project planning
- Specialist skill 1
- Specialist skill 2
- Advanced publishing skills
- Distribution and sales
- Transferable skills and planning for business continuity
This subject provides students with the opportunity to apply their existing knowledge and skills in order to publish real books, by real authors, for real readers. Depending on the books accepted for publication, where these books are in the publishing process, and the skills and interests of individual students, the subject will vary from semester to semester, as well as from student to student. Nonetheless, every student will be involved in at least two of the following publishing processes: acquisitions, editorial, design, print production, digital production, marketing, and sales. Students will also learn about project management, collaborative problem-solving, financial planning, brand development, social media marketing, and more, as these are all required to operate a real publishing house. The skills developed and practised in this unit are transferrable to a wide variety of industries and workplaces. The Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) approach used in this subject represents a blend of curricular and workplace learning – of theory and practice – which is used to achieve outcomes that meet the needs and expectations of both a diverse student body and the diverse industries that employ students majoring in Professional Writing and Publishing.
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