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Getting Published: Navigating the Children's Book Market

Course Overview


This final, required course in the Children's Book Illustration Certificate and Children's Book Writing Certificate programs will guide you through the process of getting published, covering topics such as:

  • Traditional & independent publishing options.
  • Writing queries.
  • How to choose professional representation (or self-management).
  • Navigating contracts.
  • Self-marketing techniques.
  • Managing an effective online presence.

Throughout the course, you will also work on completing a portfolio of your work or a book dummy/proposal.
Open to students who have completed all other certificate requirements & electives.

Portfolio & Enrollment Information


Pre-approval is required before enrolling by submitting a portfolio to the Arts & Humanities Department during the quarter prior to the course start date.
Instructions are provided in the 'PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES' link belowPortfolios are reviewed to assess students' work.  Eligible students will be notified and given enrollment instructions for this closed course via email.

PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  Portfolios are accepted starting in the Fall Quarter and are now due (original deadline was December 8, 2023).

Please read through the 'PORTFOLIO SUBMISSION GUIDELINES' thoroughly:

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

Quarter Offered:  Winter Quarter (course dates are posted in late October)
Course Fee:  $425
Prerequisite:  Successful completion of ALL Required and Elective courses in the Children's Book Illustration or Children's Book Writing certificate program.
Note:  Only students who have submitted a portfolio by the deadline are able to enroll. Registration will be denied if a portfolio was not received.

Questions:  Contact the Arts, Humanities & Languages Department at

Course Number: ART-40636
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Children’s Book IllustrationChildren’s Book Writing