Cadets, for storytellers and writers ready to pitch and publish their stories (including novels)

8-week Pitching & Submission Course Starts June 8!

Cadet Course (Submission and Publication)—A course in deciding between self-publishing and traditional publishing, pitching your story, finding and querying agents and editors, and going on submission. Subscribe to be notified of course schedules and updates.

Course Schedule: Wednesdays 9pm EDT, June 8–July 27

  • Lesson 1: Choosing Self-Publishing or Traditional
  • Lesson 2: Understanding Age Categories and Genres
  • Lessons 3–4: Pitching Your Work
    • Genre, World, Concept, Theme
    • Character, Goal, Obstacles, Stakes
  • Lessons 5–6: Submitting Your Work
    • Writing the Query Letter (or Back Cover Copy)
    • Choosing Agents (or Presses) to Query
  • Lesson 7: Responses and Rejections
  • Lesson 8: Calls and Contracts—Author Interview


Lesson 8, Interview with Jackie Lea Sommers, author of Truest (HarperTeen, 2015)—Free for anyone

Query Edit Only—$35  Buy Now Button

Lesson 5 plus a written query critique—$69  Buy Now Button

Full package—$199 before June 1, $209 after May 31 Buy Now Button

What You Get in the Full Package:

  • The complete workshop: 8 video lectures with pitching exercises
  • A step-by-step walkthrough for writing query letters (or back cover copy)
  • A private forum for submitting your exercises and receiving feedback from other students and the course instructor
  • A query critique from Lara
  • Invitation to a private Facebook group for StoryCadet alumni

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