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Confused about publishing? 
Not sure how to get started?

If you're wondering whether traditional publishing or independent publishing is right for you, we'll help you gain a better understanding of both publishing paths to help you figure out which one is best suited for you and your author goals!

Get the Your Path to Publishing Success

e-Course for a low price of $79!

You've got a story to tell. But what's the best way to tell it?

You're a writer at heart who wants to see your story shared with the world.
We get it. We've been there.

But which publishing model is the best choice for you, your circumstances, and your goals?

Publishing is, first and foremost, a business, and treating it as such is vital to your success no matter which route you take. We'll help to clear the cobwebs surrounding traditional and independent/self-publishing by taking you down each path.
From querying literary agents (traditional publishing) to setting up your own imprint (independent publishing) to looking at the risks and rewards of both, we'll give you a comprehensive overview to help you make the best decision to pave your way to author success.

Find your path and follow your heart.

In late 2010, I began heavily researching the publishing industry with the intention of someday publishing my books. I was ready to level-up with my writing career, and publishing seemed like the next step. But there was so much to learn, and the industry seemed to be in the midst of a shift as self-publishing was gaining a foothold. 

Fast forward a year, and I found myself deathly ill. As I fought for a diagnosis and found myself struggling through treatment, writing became my outlet, my saving grace. My lifelong dream of publishing again took hold--like a beacon of light in a time of personal darkness. I wanted to share my book with the world, wanted to leave something of myself behind.


But how could I do that?


With two very different avenues in publishing, which one was best suited for my circumstances and my goals?

I had to ask myself: 

- Was there a market for my book, which I was writing as a novella?

- More literary in nature, was there enough of a hook for a publisher to take notice?

- Was it the story I wanted to tell and was I writing it the way I wanted it told?

- Was I willing to sacrifice the vision I had for the book and its marketing plan?

- Would I have enough time to see it in the hands of readers?

The last question was crucial, as I had to think realistically about my future.

What I wanted more than anything was to see my words--the story I had created--shared with the world.

I chose my path.

I never looked back.

The day I held my first book in my hands, I wept with gratitude and pride. Building my own business to publish my book helped me through the darkest period of my life, with that passion fueling me forward towards wellness. 

But my story doesn't end there...

After finishing my first full-length novel, The Last Letter--a semi-autobiographical account of my experiences with chronic illness--the idea of publishing to higher-esteem and greater reader reach pushed me towards trying my hand at traditional publishing. Once again, I had to be honest with the questions I was asking myself and examine my goals and my circumstances:

- I had a specific audience in mind and knew there was a market for it, but how could I best reach that intended audience?

- Was I willing to write what the publishing world was buying?

- Was I willing to sacrifice the time it takes to publish rather than ensuring the book was available as soon as possible to help others seeking comfort in their own experiences?

I second-guessed myself for almost a year as I queried literary agents and received positive feedback and requests for the manuscript. Something in my own intuition was shifting me towards a familiar path, but I wasn't ready to make that decision.

Until one day I exchanged correspondence with an industry professional who told me to trust my heart. She told me that no matter how I published, sharing my book with the world would be lighting candles in the dark for those who needed it. 

I published my second book in 2016. In 2018, The Last Letter won an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards. To this day, I still receive emails from readers who, like me, needed a little light in the darkness.

No matter which model you choose to publish your work, knowing your goals at the onset can help you create the success you're seeking.

And we'll help you determine which path will help you get there.

Here's what you'll get...

Laptop Writing


A comprehensive video that takes you through the ins and outs of the traditional and independent publishing industries so you can make the best decision for you, your books, and your goals.

School Supply


Follow along with the complete Author Guide, filled with all the material covered in the video course.

Education Books Bookshelfs


Supplemental materials to help you along your publishing journey, including: helpful charts, exercises and quizzes, writer resources, publishing checklists, publishing glossary, and more!

Give your book its best chance!

Helping emerging writers share their literary vision and develop their writing talents is what we love best. There's nothing more inspiring or empowering than finding someone who shares a passion for the story--your story--while supporting and celebrating your progress every step of the way.


Here at Brown Beagle Books, we believe that support goes beyond the nuts and bolts of eliminating comma splices and knowing the correct use of dialogue tags. That's why we're sharing our years of knowledge and experience while helping you to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of publishing.


Writing is a personal adventure of self-discovery, creativity, and overcoming self-limiting beliefs. Too often, we get caught in a cycle of insecurity, competition, and fear in which we compare ourselves to others, lack the belief that we're deserving of our successes, and subconsciously sabotage our own dreams before they even get started.  

That goal of leaving a passionless job to write full-time becomes a surprise promotion and bittersweet decision to shelf your novel with a promise that you'll get back to it someday.

That vision of a memoir describing your childhood on your grandparents' farm transforms into a post-apocalyptic romance novel because everyone told you that's what will sell.

That dream of becoming a best-selling author turns into years of daydreams hallmarked by crippling fears keeping you from pressing forward.

We get it. We've lived with those same insecurities and limiting fears for years. They wrap themselves around us like a comfortable cocoon, making us believe that we just don't have it in us, stifling our creativity and silencing our voices until we find ourselves wordless.

But a cocoon can only hide what's inside for so long.

Your work deserves more than to be thrown in a drawer, never to see the light of day.

You write because the words are a part of you--they're the lens through which you observe the world, the outlet in which you express your truest, most honest self.

You want to make that voice heard. You want to find the best path to get you there.

So let's dream big.

Let's dream bigger.

Together, let's fuel your creative fire and make your vision of becoming a published author come alive in a way that best suits you and your life. Let's uncover your reasons for wanting to share your words with the world. Let's get rid of the confusion and those pesky nuggets of self-doubt that keeps you always the writer but never the author. Let's guide you onto a path of personal fulfillment complete with the tools, knowledge, and motivation that will help to inspire your very own writing career.

Let's embark on this journey together and help you decide which publishing path is best suited for you.

Are you ready to start your
publishing adventure?

In this course...




Explore the three most popular paths in publishing, including:

- Traditional Publishing

- Independent Publishing

- Hybrid Publishing

Module Two


In Part One, we'll help you assess your goals to find out:

- Why do you want to write and publish books?

- What are your long-term career goals?

- What are you willing to invest: money or time (or both)?

- How are you setting expectations for your books and career?

Module Three


In Part Two, we'll help you get to know your market:

-  What is "market" and what does it mean?

- How to determine your market?

- Why is this important on your publishing journey?

- What does this mean for the potential success of your book?

Module Four


In Part Three, we'll discuss creating a quality work:

- Why quality is imprtant no matter what publishing path you choose

- How do you know you're ready to publish?

- Best steps for polished projects

- Presenting your finished manuscript

Module Five



- Recap: What is traditional publishing?

- The three main steps to traditional publishing:​

  • Querying

  • Submissions

  • The Book Deal





- Recap: What is independent publishing?

- What does independent publishing really entail?

- The business in detail

- Book production at length

Module Seven

Let's talk dollar signs:

- What you need to know about publishing and finances

- All about royalties

Module Eight

Why time matters for:

- Traditional publishing

- Independent publishing

- Deadlines and expectations

Module Nine

We'll discuss common risks and rewards for: 

- Traditional publishing

- Independent publishing

- What you can do to help mitigate these risks and increase the rewards



We'll recap everything we've learned and wrap it up with some helpful charts comparing traditional and independent publishing.

Ready to get started?


Susan is a brilliant writer, editor, and publisher—and you will get incredible tips and advice about all three of these in her new course to help you understand your publishing options.


In this course, she shares her best stuff about both traditional and independent publishing so you can decide which path is right for you. She also talks about how you can edit and polish your book so that you can take advantage of the multiple publishing options available to you.


I especially love the many Author Aids that are included in this course as bonuses. Among them are several quizzes to help you figure out which option is best for you, a very thorough glossary of publishing terminology so you can get hip with the publishing lingo, and a comparison of the timelines between traditional and independent publishing.


I've known Susan for 12 years and have worked with her on many projects, from brainstorming business strategies to cowriting books to editing and critiquing each other's manuscripts. She knows her stuff because she's lived the processes, and she shares what she knows generously in this course. Highly recommended for anyone who has completed their book and is wondering, "What's next?"

- Monica Leonelle,
Author of The Productive Novelist Series

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your credentials?

Susan is an award-winning author and the founder of Brown Beagle Books with over ten years of writing and publishing experience. Some of her credentials include:


- 25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Honorable Mention

- Featured review in Publisher's Weekly


- International Book Awards' Children's Fiction Category Finalist

- International Rubery Book Award, Children's Category Winner
- Featured review in Publisher's Weekly

She has also been featured on television and in newspapers, on literary podcasts, and as a featured keynote speaker at various colleges throughout Pennsylvania to share her experiences with writing.

Which publishing path is best for me?

Unfortunately, we can't answer that for you. This course is meant to serve as a primer for the publishing industry, providing an overview of the different models of publishing to help you make a better-informed decision as you choose a direction for your career. It's our goal, however, that this course will arm you with a solid foundation of knowledge in order to better prepare you as you step foot onto the journey that is publishing. 

Will this course bring me publishing success?

That's up to you. You are the creator of your own success--what you put into your work is what you'll get out of it. We hope you'll find yourself empowered to make a decision about which path is best suited for you--one that fuels you with passion and ambition to keep working hard in order to create the success you envision. 

Do you have any bias towards one publishing path?

Absolutely not. We've been down both publishing paths and appreciate the journey it takes for both. Ultimately, we've chosen which path was best suited for us based on our specific projects. As an example, independent publishing worked for us because of our goals and circumstances (further explained in the case studies laid out in this course). Not only have we researched both models for years, but we also have firsthand experience. Because of this, we have the utmost respect for the publishing industry as a whole and all who are involved. We believe that no matter which publishing path is pursued, we all want the same thing: to write and read fantastic stories. 

Is this course right for me?

This course is right for you if:


  • You have a completed manuscript and are interested in pursuing publication for it

  • You've written a book and want to get started with the publishing process

  • You have an interest in the publishing industry and want to know more

  • You're struggling to decide whether traditional or independent publishing is right for you

  • You're already published and want to know about another model of publishing

  • You want to know what options are out there when it comes to publishing your book

  • You think you know which path to take and want more information

This course is NOT right for you if:


  • You haven't yet completed your manuscript

  • You have no interest in publishing your work

  • You're not interested in publishing as a business 

  • You're not interested in writing as a career

  • You are already set on which publishing path to take and don't want to learn more

Is the course mine to keep?

Yep! Once paid for, you'll have permanent access to the link in which the content is housed and can view or download the files as you'd like. The course and all of its supplemental materials is yours to keep for personal use. This course contains valuable resources that you might wish to return to time and again. 

How much does the course cost?

The Your Path to Publishing Success e-Course is a one-time payment of $79. This includes the video e-course, author guide, and all supplemental materials (known as Author Aids). 

What's your refund policy?

Once the course is purchased, no refunds will be given under any circumstances. Please note that once payment is received, we are under the impression that the content has been viewed and/or downloaded.

How do I access the content?

Due to the file size, course content is currently housed via a third-party file storage service (Google Drive). Once you purchase the course from the Brown Beagle Books bookstore, you'll receive a document containing download instructions via your registered email. Click on the link provided in these instructions to access the course file. You can then view the files within the storage application itself or download the files to your device. To download the content directly to your device, right-click on the file and select "Download."

Here are the steps:

1) Purchase the e-course here: Brown Beagle Books Bookstore
2) Receive the document containing download instructions via email

3) Click on the appropriate link provided in these instructions

Note: You have two options--download the entire course as a .zip file or view or download the files individually

4) View or download the content as desired and enjoy!

What if I'm having trouble downloading the content?

If you've purchased the course and are having trouble downloading the content, send us an email to We will work with you to ensure you receive all files associated with this course. Again, no refunds will be given once payment has been received, as we are under the impression that your purchase ensures that you wish to (and have attempted to) view or download the content.

What kind of technology do I need to access the course?

It's recommended that you view or download the e-course files via a laptop or desktop computer. Content can be viewed directly in the storage application or downloaded as separate files or a .zip file, which can then be opened and viewed separately. Content includes audio/video files (.mp4) and .pdf documents, so please ensure that you have the appropriate systems for viewing.

How do I order this e-course?

Click one of the Purchase Now buttons on this page or click here to order directly. The link will take you to the Brown Beagle Books bookstore found on the creator's author page. Simply add it to your cart for purchase, checkout, and download the associated document file. The file will contain two links for you to choose from in order to view or download the files. If you choose to download the files, simply unzip the file to your computer or download the files individually and view the contents at your leisure.

Let's get going!


Content created for this e-Course is the property of Brown Beagle Books and is protected under copyright and other intellectual property laws. Any content produced on the Brown Beagle Books website or through a purchased Brown Beagle Books service (including this e-Course) is for the author’s (client’s) personal and non-commercial use only. Content may not be edited or modified for any purpose without explicit permission from the owner. These terms and conditions of use are subject to change at any time and without notice.

All printable material, herein referred to as "Author Aids," including supplemental worksheets produced for this e-Course, is copyrighted under Brown Beagle Books. Printable documents may be used and duplicated for personal use only provided no alterations or modifications are made and use does not violate or infringe on the right of any third party or law.  Any use of these materials outside of personal use is strictly prohibited without the explicit permission of Brown Beagle Books.


Brown Beagle Books does not represent nor are they affiliated with any agent or publisher of literary works save their own. Brown Beagle Books is not affiliated with any party referenced herein unless explicitly stated within these documents. While Brown Beagle Books will use their experience and expertise to educate and prepare the client for authorship to the best of their ability through this e-Course, Brown Beagle Books has no way of judging the market or the whims and caprices of the publishing industry and makes no representations or warranties that they can or will attempt to have any work created, edited, published, or otherwise completed or aid in the creating, editing, publishing, or otherwise completion in said work unless rendered as an additional service.


This e-Course, including all Author Aids, was created for informational purposes only and is intended to be used as a guide in helping authors understand the basics of the publishing industry in order to decide for themselves which publishing path to pursue. It does not in any way guarantee monetary or other notable success for the author.  Additionally, the contents created within this e-Course and Author Aids materials are based upon the experiences and research of Brown Beagle Books and should not and will not replace the due diligence of the authors themselves. Information herein may be subject to change. Brown Beagle Books and its representatives will not be found liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. Representatives of Brown Beagle Books will not be liable for any losses or damages from the display or use of this information. Brown Beagle Books expects authors to conduct their own research and due diligence before moving forward with their own career path.

Once the course is purchased and its contents downloaded, no refunds will be given under any circumstances.

A copy of this disclaimer is available under the Terms and Conditions when purchasing this e-Course and on the Brown Beagle Books we

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