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Creative Book Publishing

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Program Code: 12251 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 1 semester Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

Publishing is not just words on a page. At every stage of a book’s life, difficult and critical decisions are made that can alter its fate, as well as the experience of the readers who encounter it. Humber’s Creative Book Publishing graduate certificate program provides you with an intimate and intensive look at how such decisions are made—and gives the opportunity to make some of those decisions yourself.

Through engaged teaching by experienced publishing professionals, hands-on assignments and activities that mirror real-world practices, as well as multiple networking opportunities with industry experts, and a mentorship program that extends beyond the end of the program, you learn how written works are created, acquired, edited, designed, produced, marketed and sold. You’ll become adept at developing ideas for new projects, managing rights negotiations, creating financial projections and reports, and working with cutting-edge publishing technology. In just one semester, you build in-demand, highly transferable skills to prepare for careers in a wide range of creative industries.

Humber’s Creative Book Publishing graduate certificate is not about quietly reading in a corner—it’s about becoming an active and engaged part of the creative process.

Courses Learning Outcomes

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.


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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.


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The Humber Advantage

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Humber/Trent Collaborative Program

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.

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HLR Spotlight

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.


Expert Faculty

All professors are active industry professionals who share their experiences and expertise in this rapidly evolving, dynamic industry.

The Humber Experience

Creative Book Publishing - Enterprise Project

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.

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"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


  • Cassandra Smyth

    “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

  • Danielle Plant

    “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

  • Chelsea Clark

    “We were so lucky to have the opportunity to learn in such a hands-on way and I was especially fortunate to have such a collaborative and hard-working group.” - Chelsey Clark

  • Michela Prefontaine

    “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

  • Jamie Tenn

    “This program is not like a regular degree: it is industry-based—we learned all the skills we need to immediately start to apply to jobs in the field. It’s kind of a no-brainer.” - Jamie Tenn

  • Morgan Barcroft-Martin

    “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

Jamie Tenn Video

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.

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Morgan Bancroft-Martin Video

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.

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Industry Partnerships

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!

Your Career

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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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
May 2021 Lakeshore Open Open
May 2022 Lakeshore Open Not Available

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Resume and Letter of Intent

  • Applicants are required to submit a detailed resume and letter of intent (350 words) that describes their interest in this field of study, and in Humber's Creative Book Publishing program. 

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for one semester was:

  • domestic: $6,202.50
  • international: $17,447.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $50 – $100 - project materials.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Nathan Whitlock, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4775
nathan.whitlock@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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