Online Class: John J. Geoghegan - How to Get Your Book Published

How to Get Your Book Published

Sunday, April 7 • 12PM-3PM Pacific Time

Hosted via Zoom • $95

(Online classes will be recorded, and video replay will be available for a limited time.) 



* Note that for all classes held on Zoom, registration closes at noon the day before the class begins. Same-day registrations are not available, so please plan ahead.


HOW TO GET YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED is designed to help aspiring authors improve their chance of getting their memoir, novel, or non-fiction book considered for publication by a reputable literary agent, acquisitions editor, or publisher. The course will cover:

  • how to identify the right literary agent, acquisitions editor, or publisher for your project
  • how to write a stand-out query letter
  • how to write a winning non-fiction book proposal
  • what publishers, editors and literary agents look for in a submission package
  • understanding the economics of the publishing industry, being a literary agent, or an author
  • publishing industry trends that you can work to your advantage
  • what a standard literary agency agreement and publishing contract look like
  • 10 rookie mistakes first time authors make
  • and much more


John J. Geoghegan began his career at Doubleday Publishers in New York City when it was the largest publisher in the U.S. In addition to serving as a Special Correspondent for the New York Times, John has written more than 100 articles for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, WIRED, Smithsonian Air & Space and numerous other publications. He is also the author of three non-fiction books including: "Operation Storm: Japan's Top Secret Submarines and its Plan to Change the Course of WWII" (Crown, 2013), which The Wall Street Journal called, "a fascinating, meticulously researched and deft account;" "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: A True Story of Love, Hearing Loss, Heartbreak, and Redemption" (New Haven Publishing, 2018), which Booth Authority ranked No. 1 on its list of the 38 best books about hearing loss; and "When Giants Ruled the Sky: The Brief Reign and Tragic Demise of the American Rigid Airship" (The History Press, 2022). His next book, "White Elephant Technology: 50 Crazy Inventions That Should Never Have Been Built And What We Can Learn From Them" is due out from The History Press April 17, 2024.


What students are saying about John J. Geoghegan:

"As a writer, I’ve benefited from John’s wisdom through four books. A master at understanding how to meet reader expectations, John zeroes in on a writer’s intention, applauds what's going right, and nails that unnecessary bit of exposition or missed opportunity to drive the story forward."
—K. M., author of eight commercially published novels