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5 Things You Need to Know to Get a Book Deal

During our six years of publishing consulting and 40-plus years of combined publishing experience, we’ve culled some tips that might seem obvious at first blush but are often overlooked in the rush to submit what you are sure is a guaranteed best seller.

Slow down there, boss, and take a breath.

Review our tips and strengthen your submission and chances of a book deal.

1.      Do your homework.
Research other books that could be considered competion, become an expert in your genre and on your topic, visit bookstores or libraries (yes, in person!), and learn which publishing houses and agents specialize in your particular genre or subject matter.

2.      Do think of publishing as a business.
Your book is your baby, yes, but it’s also a product to be bought and sold in a marketplace filled not only with books but other forms of entertainment (apps, movies, music, etc.). It’s critical to be business savvy and approach a publisher with a compelling pitch and attitude that conveys that you are ready to partner with them on a lucrative business venture (i.e. your book).

3.      Do have confidence.
You have got to believe in your idea and your vision! Don’t be shy. Sell it. If you are not absolutely committed to your book project, why would anyone else be? But a note of caution: being confident is terrific, being cocky is not. Don’t claim it’s a “guaranteed best-seller that will outsell The Lord of the Rings Trilogy/50 Shades of Grey/The DaVinci Code;” rather, explain with specifics why your book will perform well for a particular publisher. Is it similar to another book on their list that has done well? Will it appeal to a demographic that the publisher already dominates? The more specific you can get about why you are approaching them in particular, the better.

4.      Do persevere!
Every famous author from Dr. Seuss to J.K. Rowling to F. Scott Fitzgerald has had multiple rejections. Keep going. This is where that confidence and unwavering belief in your project comes into play. We always remind writers that publishers and agents are looking for you, too, and first-time authors get book deals every single day. We have the success stories to prove it—our clients have killer book deals in a variety of genres, ranging from children’s picture books to memoir to fiction to coffee table books to nonfiction.
 
5.      Do write a killer book proposal.
Your proposal is your business plan. Creating a great one is vital to selling your book in today’s market. Contact us at jenandkerry@gmail.com to learn about upcoming events, 2-on-1 proposal reviews, our Publishing Toolkit, and other services we offer to help you write the best possible proposal. We’re here to help your publishing dreams become a reality!

 

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What’s your publishing resolution for 2015? Talking books on New Day Northwest

New Day Northwest picWe had the pleasure of talking with Margaret Larson on New Day Northwest this morning about resolutions that matter, namely getting a book deal in 2015! To that end, we talked about our upcoming retreat, Women & Words at Willows Lodge. From January 31–February 1, women are invited to come to the Willows Lodge in Woodinville and refocus on their book project.

No matter your genre or where you are in the writing process, our publishing retreat will give you all the tools and intel to complete a slammin’ proposal and submit with confidence in short order. Nothing makes us sadder than thinking about unsubmitted manuscripts. We demystify the process and break everything down into doable, digestible tasks you can complete in just a few weeks. We promise. Check out our New Day Northwest segment here.

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Give the gift of publication with our January publishing retreat

We’ve got the perfect gift for you or the writer in your life!

With the holidays behind you, refocus on you and your book proposal in the new year. We are hosting a publishing/writing retreat at Willows Lodge in Woodinville, WA from January 31-February 1, 2015. Whether you have a glimmer of a book idea or a polished draft ready to send to an agent, this weekend retreat will be both practical and motivational. Attendees will be treated to insightful, hands on workshops to move their book project forward, as well as time to put new ideas into action and onto the page. Find out more here.

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January retreat! Women & Words at Willows Lodge

Willows3Saturday, January 31–Sunday, February 1, 2015

Do you dream of publishing a book, but aren’t sure what path to take—or even how to start? We’ve heard this a lot and we’re here to help. The good news is that it’s not that hard; in fact, it can be exhilarating, especially if you are guided and encouraged throughout the process!

To that end…

Start the new year by taking care of you and your book idea by coming to our one-of-a-kind retreat for women writers! Whether you have a glimmer of a concept or a polished draft, we have structured a weekend retreat to help you get published, no matter your genre. During this practical and inspirational weekend, you’ll be treated to hands-on workshops and receive individual attention to move your book project forward in a significant way. It all takes place at Woodinville’s acclaimed (and cozy) Willows Lodge, where distractions feel a world away.

Here’s what you’ll experience during this one-of-a-kind retreat:

  • On Saturday, we’ll focus on your book project and crafting a proposal. After a state of publishing overview, we’ll settle into the agenda, offering up-to-the-minute intel about what publishers and agents do and don’t want from new writers. After lunch, we’ll guide you step-by-step on how to create a killer proposal in a hands-on workshop. You’ll have a chance to meet other writers over drinks and dinner from the Barking Frog, before gathering for a late-night writing jam in your pajamas. We supply the milk and cookies and writing prompts!
  • On Sunday, we’ll turn our attention to the submission process and the ultimate goal of getting published. After an informal publishing chat and continental breakfast, get ready to brainstorm in a book marketing workshop. Fun exercises will result in a creative marketing campaign for your book and a solid author platform that you can present to publishers. We’ll end the day with an insightful and encouraging talk about submissions, query letters, and staying focused and motivated through the process.
  • Retreat attendees can add on optional activities, including a Sunday lunch or spa treatment.
  • A special room rate will be available for attendees who would like to arrive on Friday. We will be on hand Friday evening for an informal publishing chat and one-on-one time.

Rates starting at $756.50 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) based on double occupancy. To make your reservation, please contact Kathleen Boyd at 425-424-2589 or via e-mail Kathleen.boyd@willowslodge.com.

There will be a 7 day advance cancellation policy and package price will be charged at that time.

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