Services

Diction Dude supports you on your literary journey by:

  • Providing detailed, individual feedback on your synopsesfirst chapters and query packages.
  • Mentoring you for free through our podcast, the blog, our community forum and our weekly email newsletters.
  • Connecting you to other writers for in-person or virtual writers’ groups through the Grand River Writing Tribe.
  • Granting you access, as a Patreon supporter, to special protected community-forum groups and a monthly insiders’ newsletter.
  • Offering you discounts on courses we offer through the Udemy platform related to the business of publishing.
  • Extending open-ended one-on-one consultation or co-working support.
  • Selling you a copy of From Pencil to Print: Practical Advice for Emerging Authors when it’s released in the spring of 2020.
  • Selling you copies of the Diction Dude Essential Guides series as they become available.

However, some things, we cannot help you with:

  • We will not publish you. Diction Dude is not a press of any kind—vanity or otherwise.
  • We will not find you a publisher or an agent. (Although we’re happy to help you understand editorial queries or search for optimal markets.)
  • We cannot sell your book for you.
  • We are not the magical helper monkey that absolves you of the thankless toil required to nurture your own success.

Online Training Courses

From time to time, we release online courses through Udemy to offer in-depth education about specific aspects of the publishing industry.

The Economics of Publishing. Master essential business acumen about the publishing industry, including its economic outlook, business models, core stakeholders, acquisition logic and financial outlays. This course serves as a “publishing 101” introduction to the economic aspects of how the publishing industry functions, with frequent reference to both traditional presses and self-publishing opportunities. In it, you’ll learn:

  • Core statistics about the industry’s size and scope and typical author earnings
  • The basics of the major publishing models (traditional, self, subsidy & hybrid)
  • The nature of structural misalignments among stakeholders to a major book project
  • The not-so-obvious thought processes influencing a decision to accept or reject a query
  • The places the money comes from and where it flows to, including to author royalties

If you aspire to a traditional book content, this course offers the critical information you’ll need to help navigate the waters between “I have a manuscript” and “I have a book.”