|CBPP 5000: Acquisitions|
|CBPP 5002: Contracts, Legal Issues and Publishing Ethics|
|CBPP 5003: Book Production and Manufacturing|
|CBPP 5004: Sales and Retail|
|CBPP 5005: Marketing Overview|
|CBPP 5008: Editorial Overview|
|CBPP 5012: International Publishing|
|CBPP 5015: Publishing Finance|
|CBPP 5018: Technology|
|CBPP 5021: Enterprise Group|
|CBPP 5022: Enterprise Individual|
|Select 3 from the following courses|
|CBPP: Creative Book Elective|
Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Create a freelance business in any of the following areas – Editorial, Publicity/Public Relations, Design/Packaging.
Represent authors as literary agents to publishing houses in Canada and internationally.
Publish their own creative works independent of publishing houses.
Critically analyze proposals and literary works for legal implications including copyright issues, libel, trademark, moral rights and intellectual property rights.
Prepare business documents related to publishing such as business plans, annual reports, and business proposals in conformity with industry and market standards.
Evaluate national and international markets.
Prepare sales and promotion strategies and materials, and negotiate agreements for the selling of rights of authors’ works.
Produce publishing content for media outlets as arts commentators, book reviewers, and TV/radio producers.
Analyze manuscripts for quality and profitability.
Analyze and predict publishing operations in the areas of distribution, credit, supply chain, information technology, warehousing and inventory control, and customer service.
Analyze public policy and granting structures available to publishing as a Canadian cultural industry.
Prepare marketing strategies and create marketing documents and materials for book proposals, book jackets, and sales presentations.
Complete structural edits and copy edits, perform proofreading, and production editing as part of the editorial process.
Successful applicants will complete their course requirements at Trent University in the Fall and Winter semesters, and the requirements for the Certificate in Creative Publishing at Humber College in the Summer Session.
Every year, a select group of CBPP students work on the HLR Spotlight, an online literary supplement hosted by the Humber Literary Review and funded by Humber’s Applied Research & Innovation department. The project gives students the opportunity to learn as they work on a real-world publication, and provides them with a valuable portfolio piece to show to potential employers.
All professors are active industry professionals who share their experiences and expertise in this rapidly evolving, dynamic industry.
In the final month of the program, students collaborate to create model publishing companies from the ground up, drafting business plans, publishing lists, book covers, websites, marketing campaigns, and more. At the end of the project, the groups present their companies to a panel of industry professionals.
"Such a pleasure to participate in Humber’s Creative Book Publishing program Enterprise panel. I am in awe of how hard all the students worked on their presentations. Thank you to Nathan Whitlock for the invitation, and to all the students for sharing their creativity!"
- Semareh Al-Hillal, President, House of Anansi Press and Groundwood Books
“The Enterprise project and the entire Creative Book Publishing Program was such a huge learning experience and I’m so glad I spent my summer doing it. I feel sufficiently prepared to start a career in publishing and am looking forward to what the future brings me.” - Cassandra Smyth
“I’m glad we had this opportunity because it helped me gain more confidence in the skills I’ve learned throughout this program. I’m sad to see it come to an end, but also excited for what the future holds.” - Danielle Plant
“I am really blessed to have been part of this program. I improved my collaboration skills and my ability to get my ideas across to others. I will take the knowledge that I have learned over the past couple of months to guide me in what I hope will be a long-lived career in the publishing industry.” - Michela Prefontaine
“I had all this theoretical knowledge about books and a love of books, so the Creative Book Publishing program was an opportunity to take that next step and apply it in a practical way, to make connections, and to be a part of the Canadian book community, which I’m already really invested in on a personal level.” - Morgan Barcroft-Martin
Nathan Whitlock, program co-ordinator of Humber College's postgraduate Creative Book Publishing program, talks to 2020 student Jamie Tenn, who shares why she chose to study publishing at Humber.
Morgan Barcroft-Martin, a 2020 Humber Creative Book Publishing student, tells her program co-ordinator, Nathan Whitlock, how her love of books lead her to pursue a career in publishing.
Lynn Raposo is an editorial assistant at Graydon House and Harlequin Books. We caught up with Lynn to find out what she’s been up to since graduating from Humber’s Creative Book Publishing program in 2017.
The Creative Book Publishing program works with publishing industry partners to make networking and career opportunities available to our graduates. Note: An internship is not a requirement of our program. This means that, unlike some programs, if you get a paid position straight out of school, you still have all the requirements to graduate!
Book publishing is an innovative cultural industry that adapts to rapid and constant change in the marketplace and to evolving technological requirements while continuing to nurture creativity and growth. Find opportunities in editorial, marketing, technology, contracts, subsidiary rights, sales, management/operations and production/design. Or work in closely related fields as a content manager, publicist, literary agent, arts journalist, bookseller, educator, or entertainment/copyright/intellectual property expert in government agencies and industry associations. Humber also encourages entrepreneurship and the development of new enterprises including self-publishing and freelance options. Professional development is emphasized throughout the program.
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Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
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Length: 2 semesters
Television Writing and Producing
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Length: 2 semesters
Watch the video to learn more about Humber's Creative Book Publishing program.
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