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Only a few spots left! Register NOW for our May Class: Craft a Winning Book Proposal

bookstackDue to popular demand, we’ve teamed with with the Queen Anne Writers Studio to bring you our book proposal workshop! To date, we’ve had many students turn their dream of publishing into a reality, and this class is where many of them started. One student even said, “I went from feeling hopeless to hopeful.” Our classes have a tendency to do that to people.

Here’s the thing: You may have a terrific book idea ready to set the publishing world on fire. Alas, without a spot-on book proposal, it may never see the light of day. Don’t let this happen to you! Learn how to create a savvy and professional proposal that will make publishers and agents sit up and take notice. During our 4-hour workshop, we will walk you through the key elements of any successful proposal—including title/subtitle, opening pitch, author bio, and marketing plan—and help you polish each one with hands-on exercises and individual feedback. Class size is small so you and your idea will get plenty of attention.

Make no mistake: Crafting a killer, on-point proposal is absolutely essential to succeeding in the current marketplace no matter what publishing route you take. You’ll leave this workshop not only committed to getting the book deal of your dreams, but with a concrete start to every section of your proposal. Don’t you feel more hopeful already?

When: Saturday, May 14, 1–5pm

Where: Tulinda Yoga Studio, 618 McGraw Street, Queen Anne

Who: Suitable for any writers actively working on or thinking about a book. No matter the genre, where you are in the writing process, or how you’d ideally like to publish, this class will ensure you have the best shot at publication. (While book proposals are expected for nonfiction titles, we encourage all aspiring authors to write a proposal, as it will make their submission—and their book—stronger.)

Fee: $199. You can register via PayPal here. Your payment in full confirms your registration and reserves your spot. Space is limited to 15, so register early.

What to bring: Bring something on which to write, be it laptop or pen and paper. (Please charge up before coming and bring your power cord, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your charging needs.) Please also bring your mobile coffee mug or water bottle. We’ll have coffee, tea, and water on hand.

(photo: craftbuds.com)

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Got a book idea but short on time? Our publishing retreat is just the thing

Are you full of big ideas but have a busy schedule? We feel your pain and have the cure for what ails you. Join us for Get Published!, an intensive and results-oriented weekend workshop for aspiring authors on January 23 & 24, 2016. In just 36 hours, writers will leave with all the tools they need to craft a successful proposal and pitch their book to agents and publishers with confidence.

Writers of all genres and levels are welcome. Whether attendees have a glimmer of an idea or a polished draft, this immersive workshop will push you to move your book project forward in a significant way—and enlighten you on how the business of publishing really works.

Click here for more information, or contact Shaina Phillips at 425-424-2965 or Shaina.phillips@willowslodge.com to reserve your spot.

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Upcoming Business of Books Workshops and Appearances

Summer has arrived but we aren’t taking a vacation from our Business of Books offerings. And we hope that you are using the coming months to work on your book project. We can help. We are teaching around the Puget Sound area, sharing our 40+ years of combined publishing experience with aspiring authors.

Here’s the schedule of our upcoming workshops:

August 13: “Craft a Winning Book Proposal” workshop, Seattle, WA. It’s back! Our popular 3-hour workshop, held at the Hotel 1000, will take you through all the various elements that comprise a killer book proposal. No matter your genre or preferred route to publication, this class will strengthen your change for publication.

September 28: “Craft a Winning Book Proposal” workshop, Seattle, WA. In this 4-hour workshop, learn how to create a savvy and professional proposal that will make publishers and agents sit up and take notice. As industry insiders and authors, we will walk you through the key elements of any successful proposal—including title/subtitle, opening pitch, author bio, and marketing ideas—and help you polish each one with hands-on exercises.

October 25-27: Various workshops, chats and panels, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, Coupeville, WA. We’ll share our “Secrets of a Successful Book Proposal” and participate in a Publishing Panel during this literary weekend on charming Whidbey Island.

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30 Days to a Winning Book Proposal Intensive Workshop Scheduled for 5/18

With our wildly effective proposal intensive, let 2013 be the year that you get a sweet publishing deal! Back by popular demand, we are offering our highly rated 30 Days to a Winning Book Proposal course. We are offering a full-day workshop on Saturday, May 18. We created this intensive program to illuminate each step of the book proposal process, breaking it down into an easy-to-follow 30-day plan. We will cover every aspect of the development process, detail how to write various components, and provide “homework” so you can move your proposal forward efficiently on your own. You’ll leave with a plan for an on-point proposal, ready to send to publishers or agents.

Included in this results-oriented workshop is the Publishing Toolkit: A Hands-on Resource for Burgeoning Authors. This binder is filled with all the notes and materials to develop your successful proposal from start to finish—including step-by-step advice, helpful exercises and worksheets, key information on creating a targeted submission list, and real sample proposals that have sold to publishers.

During this all-day workshop, learn how to build your proposal with a successfully proven 4-part program:

Part 1: Research & Refine Your Idea
Develop a winning book idea that will rise out of the slush pile. You will:

  • Hone a viable nonfiction or fiction idea
  • Learn how to research the marketplace and competition
  • Brainstorm formats
  • Develop a publisher and agent wish list

Part 2: Sell Your Book—and Yourself
Create a killer author platform and marketing plan that will demand attention. You will:

  • Uncover the many strengths and attributes that you can bring to the table as an author
  • Learn how to leverage social media and other venues to build a strong platform
  • Brainstorm a robust and creative marketing plan for your title

(At this point in the day, you’ll have an hour to grab lunch on your own.)

Part 3: Craft Compelling Copy
Focus your proposal with a great title and introduction, and reel in editors and agents with compelling text. You will:

  • Develop a strong opening pitch
  • Learn how to create a complete, detailed outline and on-point sample text

Part 4: Submit Your Proposal
Lastly, create a savvy final package and target the right publisher. Learn how to:

  • Draft an arresting query letter
  • Develop your submission list for agents or publishers
  • Discover the pros and cons of self-publishing
  • Get a basic grasp of advances and royalties
  • Put the final touches on your proposal submission.

Here are the details:
Saturday, May 18, 9:30am-5pm

Hotel 1000, 1000 First Ave., Seattle
$299
Register now

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Our “30 Days to a Winning Book Proposal” Workshop: What’s It All About?

Jen%20and%20Kerry[1]If you’ve been around us in the past year, you’ve probably heard us talking up 30-day program for creating your book proposal. But what you may not know is what it entails. Far be it from us to assume so we thought we’d break down what exactly we do in our all-day workshop.

First of all, let’s say right up front that you’ll leave with a clear plan for a proposal that publishers and agents want. In a recent workshop, we had someone say, “I went from feeling doomed to feeling excited.” She was excited because she could break down the process into doable chunks and she could see a light at the end of her publishing dream tunnel. Here’s how it works. During our all-day workshop, learn how to build your proposal with a doable 4-part program:

Part 1: Research & Refine Your Idea
Develop a winning book idea that will rise out of the slush pile. You will:

  • Hone a viable nonfiction or fiction idea
  • Learn how to research the marketplace and competition
  • Brainstorm formats
  • Develop a publisher and agent wish list

Part 2: Sell Your Book—and Yourself
Create a killer author platform and marketing plan that will demand attention. You will:

  • Uncover the many strengths and attributes that you can bring to the table as an author
  • Learn how to leverage social media and other venues to build a strong platform
  • Brainstorm a robust and creative marketing plan for your title

Part 3: Craft Compelling Copy
Focus your proposal with a great title and introduction, and reel in editors and agents with compelling text. You will:

  • Develop a strong opening pitch
  • Learn how to create a complete, detailed outline and on-point sample text

Part 4: Submit Your Proposal
Lastly, create a savvy final package and target the right publisher. Learn how to:

  • Draft an arresting query letter
  • Develop your submission list for agents or publishers
  • Discover the pros and cons of self-publishing
  • Get a basic grasp of advances and royalties
  • Put the final touches on your proposal submission.

Wait. It gets better. Included in the $299 workshop is the Publishing Toolkit: A Hands-on Resource for Burgeoning Authors. This 100+ page binder—a $99 value!—is filled with all the notes and materials to develop your successful proposal from start to finish—including step-by-step advice, helpful exercises and worksheets, key information on creating a targeted submission list, and real sample proposals that have sold to publishers.

Rad, right? We want you to nab that brass ring of a book deal in 2013. Register here for our Feb. 9 workshop and you’ll be well on your way to publication.

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Write Your Proposal in No Time with Our Webinar

Haven’t you always wanted to be a fly on the wall during acquisitions meetings? We sure do. Well, we got the chance to drill editors, agents, and publishers on what they’re looking for these days, what they never want to see or hear again, etc.

Have you written the best thing since sliced bread? Do you have a book idea that you’re sure is destined to be a bestseller?

Bully for you. Seriously, we’re thrilled. But do you know how to bring your book to market, publish it in the way that’s perfect for you and it?

Not to worry. We do. And we’re willing to share. As authors and former publishing executives, we have determined the Secrets of a Successful Proposal, any successful proposal, no matter the genre. We’ve taught hundreds of aspiring authors how to build a great book proposal and now we’ve put our effective formula into a 90-minute webinar so you can start crafting a book proposal that will give your book the very best shot for publishing success.

Even if you are planning on self-publishing, creating a proposal is key to defining your market, pinning down your pitch and talking points, and crafting a strong structure and manuscript. Think of it as your business plan.

We’ve reviewed hundreds of proposals and written what feels like just as many. We still do. Let’s repeat that. We write a proposal for every single book we pitch, even if it’s a sequel or the publisher is familiar with us. It’s that important. Don’t rush the submission process, don’t skip over the importance of a killer proposal. Take the time and address the 9 elements every book proposal should have. You’ll soon have the best proposal since sliced bread. Our webinar is $79 and you can watch the recording as many times as necessary!

Register here and we’ll send you a link.

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Laid off? Get published! NWjobs blog highlights our events

One of the things we’ve been hearing over and over from aspiring authors attending our talks and workshops is that they are eager to write a long-languishing book proposal right this second.

Why now? Well, many of them have been laid off because of the economic climate and being motivated, dynamic people, they think it’s the perfect time to realize a dream or dust off that really good idea and get it out in the world.

Michelle Goodman, the talented author behind The Anti 9 to 5 Guide and My So-Called Freelance Life, discussed this and our upcoming events in her Nine to Thrive blog for NWjobs. Check it out and better yet, check out one of our talks and get your own idea off the ground!

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