WRT302 The Publishing Process (8)

The advent of electronic technologies and platforms has had major implications for both writers and publishers. This has resulted in significant changes and challenges to traditional publishing markets for books, journalism and across wider media outlets. This subject develops awareness of the changes in those areas through a broad examination of the current markets in the writing and publishing industries, with a focus on an examination of markets and trends.  The subject prepares students for a potential career in a variety of areas related to writing and publishing by developing the skills required to create, edit and publish writing for different markets.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to define the key roles in writing, editing and publishing, and potential opportunities aligned with both their skills, and current and future industry needs;
  • be able to identify and analyse current trends in the publishing industry, including issues related to legal and ethical matters such as copyright, acquisition and contracts;
  • be able to identify appropriate markets for publication, either through self-publication, online or print avenues and apply that information to their own creative output;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the critical aspects of the editing process; and
  • be able to prepare a manuscript for submission, write a pitch for an agent or publisher, and a media release and marketing plan for publication.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Why write to publish? Publication platforms
  • Market research for writers
  • Who is publishing what? How to write a pitch and make a submission
  • The role of consultants and literary agents
  • Acquisition
  • The editing process
  • Production
  • Blogs and websites

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.