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Making Publishers Happy By Crafting A Book Proposal That Shines
When an agent or publisher double-clicks on your book proposal, weary after reading 30 others, it’s important to make your proposal pique his or her curiosity and make them want to read more about your book, and maybe sign you as an author! In this lesson, learn how to craft an irresistible nonfiction book proposal from contract editor and writer Margot Starbuck, who’s written seven of her own books and many more for clients. Margot will teach you how to effectively communicate the four pillars of a winning proposal that agents and publishers need to see:
A project with a unique and compelling premise
A market that has a felt-need for your message
A communicator who’s building a solid platform
An author who can write well
Writing an Elevator Pitch
If someone said, “Tell me about your book” – but you only have 30 seconds – what would you say? This abbreviated description is called an elevator pitch, and learning to write one for your project will help you crystalize your idea, communicate your vision and capture the attention of your listener, enticing them to say, “Tell me more.”
In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer will share practical tips on what to include in your elevator pitch, and where to get ideas to help you craft your own.
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.
The 3 C's of a Successful Book Proposal
If there is anyone who knows what every successful author needs, it’s Sandy VanderZicht, Associate Publisher and Executive Editor at Zondervan Publishing. Sandy has worked with many authors over her many years in the publishing industry, including Lysa TerKeurst, Christine Caine, Henry Cloud, Karen Ehman, Anne Graham Lotz, Ruth Schwenk, Ann Voskamp and many more.
In this lesson, Karen Ehman and Sandy discuss the three things every successful author needs to get their book proposal noticed by a publisher.
Writing Benefit Statements
Most of us are used to seeing lists of bulleted items describing the content of a message, book or project. These bullets usually tell us the facts we’ll learn or the knowledge we’ll gain. Mere knowledge about a book isn’t that motivating. But how it might change a reader’s life-change is! That’s where benefit statements make a difference.
In this lesson, Glynnis Whitwer unpacks what a benefit statement is, how to write them and where to use them.
How to Write a Bang-up Book Proposal
Think you have a great book idea but absolutely no clue how to put together a book proposal that meets the standards of the publishing industry? Karen Ehman has written 13 books with major publishers and is also hired to write book proposals for other potential authors. In this lesson, Karen explains the process of writing a bang-up book proposal that will get noticed by publishers.
In this informative and practical session, she highlights the key components that comprise a winning proposal and then hands over the tools to craft one for yourself.
The Benefits of Partnering With a Literary Agent
Many writers wonder if they need to pursue acquiring a literary agent. In this lesson, Blythe Daniel, president of The Blythe Daniel Agency, Inc. shares her insight and wisdom from over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Blythe works with clients in the areas of book development, proposal writing, literary representation and marketing. She executes publicity campaigns, and as a literary agent she helps to develop an author’s unique, compelling message and secures publishing contracts for clients. If you have ever wondered if an agent could help you in your writing journey, this conversation between Glynnis Whitwer and Blythe Daniel will encourage you for your next step as a writer.