Certificate in Book Publishing




If your goal is to launch a career as an editor, literary agent, or publicist or if you want to discover whether publishing is the right field for you, you'll gain hands-on experience, make invaluable industry connections, and boost your résumé in this six-week Certificate in Book Publishing Course at Sarah Lawrence College.

Learn from industry experts what steps bring about a New York Times best seller. Gain the hands-on experience and skills to succeed in publishing today—and tomorrow This is your opportunity to work side by side with future leaders of the publishing world—and to become one yourself.

Who Should Attend

If you aspire to work in publishing, or are a current employee seeking to expand your skills or move into a different department, this is the program for you. You’ll interact with experts in top positions, learn about well known as well as lesser known career roles, gain hands-on experience, participate in career-building opportunities, and workshop your resume with a recruiter from one of the big publishing companies. Don't miss this chance to discover your future in just six weeks’ time.


Tuition: $2,950
Application fee (non-refundable): $40


Week 1

Effective Networking & the State of the Publishing Industry
The Literary Agent's Job

Week 2

The Editor's Job

Week 3

The Publisher's Job
Book Production

Week 4

Subsidiary Rights
Literary Scouts & Book-to-Movie Scouts

Week 5

Marketing & Publicity
Sales & Distribution

Week 6

Résumé Workshop

Topics and sequence are subject to change.

Program Directors

Cynthia Manson

Cynthia Manson is a well-known and respected independent literary agent with a small, successful list of published authors. She attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course, where she was inspired by Sterling Lord. Two years later, she joined the Sterling Lord Literary Agency. Manson has worked in both magazine and book publishing, including Putnam, Bertelsmann, and Scientific American. Currently she is a consultant for Advertising Age magazine and other Crain Publications, as well as representing authors in a variety of genres.

Caitlin Alexander

Caitlin Alexander spent eleven years at Random House, where she edited New York Times bestsellers in fiction and nonfiction, as well as RITA Award winners, Thriller Award winners, and Edgar Award nominees. She continues to edit bestselling and award-winning books through her editorial services company.