Sell Your Novel to a Major Publisher

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

60 On-Demand Lessons
5+ Hours
42 Exercises & Handouts
Unlimited Access

"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.


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

- Brad G.

"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.

What You'll Learn in This Course

The most effective way to sell your novel to a major publisher

How to write a query letter that will have agents begging to read your manuscript

A clear, straightforward path to getting published "traditionally"

The process of selling your book in multiple languages to publishers around the world

How authors make additional income from their novels without lifting a finger

What happens behind the scenes at a publishing house

How to find the best agent to represent you and avoid publishing scams

The fundamentals of advances, royalties and book contracts

The four key methods of pitching your novel to agents and editors

How film agents turn your book into a movie or TV show

The "Magic Query Maximizer" - a proven system for maximizing responses from agents

What to expect on the journey from book deal to book release


Course Description


  • 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.


Course Outline

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!

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Save the Cat! Novel Writing Course

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Novel Fast Drafting Course

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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

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

Secrets to Self-Publishing Success

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

Develop Blockbuster Ideas that Sell

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

Conquering Writer's Block

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

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

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What Students are Saying

"This course has everything I need to find an agent!"
- Lisa C.

"This course course really opened my eyes to the process and gave me much needed perspective for the process"
- James

"Jessica Brody's courses are all thorough, entertaining, and extremely helpful. This one convinced me to try the traditional publishing route. It feels like a much less mysterious process after completing the course."
- Tricia G.

"This course provides an in-depth look into the world of publishing - from soup to nuts - you get it all! Just, WOW! Jessica Brody provides much more than a boatload... try a cruise ship FULL of tips, tricks, resources, references, and actionable steps in making your dream of becoming a published author a realistic goal" 
- Tracy W.

"If you want to get your novel published, you'll want to take this course. Jessica delves into the process in detail, plus she provides numerous insights that she's gained while getting her own novels published."
- Allen S.

"Jessica goes into all the details you'd never expect about the publishing journey. Particularly useful for me was the lectures on pitches, query letters, and agents! It energizes me and I can't wait to continue this author journey."
- Christopher D.

"This course is chock full of valuable advice and fog-clearing explanations. I now feel 1000% more secure about what to do with my manuscript when it's ready, and am considerably more excited to go work through my planned revisions."
- Amanda P.

"This was a very detailed and elaborate course that 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. Would recommend it to anyone trying to get traditionally published!"
- Raluca R.

"This is an exceptional course. I now have what I believe to be great loglines, short & long synopses, elevator speeches, and query letters - things I did not even know about before I started the course."
- Philip Y.

"This was a wonderful course. Jessica is engaging and truly understands the industry, but she also understands the dread feeling of rejection and the the rollercoaster of emotions that a first time author will go through. I highly recommend this course and can't wait to start my sending out my query letters using her system."
- John D.

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