- Know what publishers want in a strong book idea and book proposal instead of feeling overwhelmed with where to start.
- Keep God at the center of your writing, and continuously generate new ideas when you feel worn out or out of words.
- Evaluate your voice as an author, and reach your audience more effectively in a space that can feel oversaturated, by learning the keys to solid writing.
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What Publishers Really Want, Part 1
In this exciting lesson you’ll learn the top five things aspiring writers must know before they write a book proposal. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to sit down with Lysa TerKeurst and her team from Thomas Nelson Publishers and learn these secrets every writer should know, long before you start sending proposals out to publishing houses.
What Publishers Really Want, Part 2
In this exciting lesson you’ll learn the top five things aspiring writers must know before they write a book proposal. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to sit down with Lysa TerKeurst and her team from Thomas Nelson Publishers and learn these secrets every writer should know long before you start sending proposals out to publishing houses.
An Insider's View of Publishing
In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer and Kathleen Kerr, Senior Editor at Harvest House Publishers, discuss traditional publishing, from the acquisition stage to final production. Kathleen gives you an insider’s view of a publishing house. She shares what publishers are looking for and what is resonating in the Christian Writer’s market. Kathleen is the author of The Amish Baking Cookbook and has a wealth of knowledge about the publishing industry.
Developing and Refining a Book Idea
Have you written a nonfiction book that hasn’t quite hit the mark high enough for a traditional publisher? Have you published or self-published a book that didn’t reach as much of your audience as you intended? In this lesson, Alice Crider, Sr. Acquisitions & Development Editor at David C. Cook Publishing teaches how to reach and engage your audience by tapping into a need they don’t even know they have. Alice will share with you the seven steps to developing and refining a book idea.
How To Talk About Your Writing So People Stay Interested
In this lesson, Lysa TerKeurst shares tips on how to talk about your writing so people stay interested. You will learn how to develop a fresh angle on your topic, how to generate quotable quotes, create quick soundbites, and share success stories so people can see the value in your writing. Talking about your book idea can be hard and complicated, but Lysa breaks it down into small steps to help you know exactly how to talk about your book and keep readers interested along the way.
The Relationship Between the Author and Publisher
This lesson is with Kim Bangs, a senior acquisitions editor for Bethany House (nonfiction) and Chosen, both divisions of the Baker Publishing Group (BPG). Kim brings a wealth of knowledge from her experience in publishing. While Kim desires to champion all authors, she gives valuable insight into what makes an author standout and what it looks like to have a good working relationship with a publisher.
The Path of a Book Proposal Once It Reaches a Publisher: Conversation with Joel Miller of Thomas Nelson, Part 1
We are thrilled to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of Thomas Nelson Publishers with exclusive access to one of the top acquisitions editors in the country. Lysa TerKeurst took a camera crew with her to this renowned publishing house and sat down with Joel Miller to talk about what happens when a book proposal makes it’s way to the publisher.
Understanding How A Book Gets Published: Joel Miller of Thomas Nelson Publishing, Part 2
In the previous video with Joel and Lysa, Part 1 of this lesson, they talked about book proposals and what catches an acquisition editor’s attention. Lysa and Joel continue the conversation here in Part 2 of this meeting regarding the inner sanctum of a publishing house: The Pub Board meeting.
The Pub Board meeting is where the final decision is made on potential books. Will they be published, or will the author get a no-thank-you response? In this video, you’ll learn who is in this meeting, what each member is looking for in the proposal and what it takes to give the “green light” on a book. Plus, you’ll also find out why Joel rejected one of Lysa’s past proposals.
Turning Rejection Into Ongoing Publication
If you’ve ever had an article or book proposal rejected by a publishing company, you understand the meaning of “rejection blues.” But rejection can actually work in our favor if we keep the right perspective. Suzie Eller has published hundreds of articles during her writing career, and in this lesson, she shares how that rejection letter may actually be an invitation in disguise. Each rejection letter has the ability to teach you how to be a better writer. Suzie shares how to turn those rejections into ongoing publication.