We started this business with one goal: to help first-time authors realize their publishing dreams. This means that nothing thrills us more than: 1) knowing that clients have finally sent out their book proposal, 2) hearing that clients signed with an agent or publisher, and 3) seeing a client’s first book in print!
This has been a banner week at BoB Headquarters, with three former clients heralding new book deals. First, we have the arrival of John Clifford’s beautiful new survey of the history of graphic design, Graphic Icons (Pearson/PeachPit Press)—and he even gave us a shout-out in the acknowledgments. Second, we got the good news about Karen Gaudette’s book deal for her Seafood Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest (Globe Pequot). Third, we were invited to the Elliott Bay Books launch of Judith Gille’s new memoir, The View from Casa Chepitos (Davis Bay Press). Those success stories join other great achievements from the Business of Books family, including Ellen Brennan (Say This, Not That to Your Professor), Todd Rendlman (Rule of Thumb: Ebert at the Movies), Mike Curato (the upcoming Little Elliot, Big City), and more.
None of these authors had been published before. What did they have in common? They were ready to get their book ideas out of their heads and onto the shelves. They came to a Business of Books workshop or hired us for a 2-on-1 proposal consultation, and were willing to do the work to get their material where it needed to be. Along the way, they gained confidence that they could do it. As newly signed Karen says, “Your class totally gave me the confidence I needed to negotiate my deal and to feel like I had some idea of what was going on (with royalties, rights, and more.)”
Publishing doesn’t have to be a mystery. Let us help you be one of our next success stories! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on our thorough, 2-on-1 proposal reviews. We’ll help you whip that proposal into shape in short order!