The Business of Books’ Publishing Toolkit is chock-full of information on researching your idea, developing the key sections of a proposal, honing your submission list, sending out your proposal, and navigating contracts and the business of publishing, the Toolkit is a resource that can stand in for us and keep you focused and inspired. This binder provides 100+ pages of insider information and includes worksheets and two actual proposals (rarely seen outside of publishing circles) to guide you on your path to publication. You can get the complete Publishing Toolkit PDF form, for the special rate of $99 plus shipping. For the PDF, click here.


17 responses to “Toolkit

  1. Both the March 5 and April 16 classes have spots available. I just reset the links so hopefully any problems you had with registering on PayPal will be gone now. Let us know if you continue to have problems registering!

    • I can’t find links to these classes – can you help me? I’m interested in attending your April 16th class. Thank you!

      • Hi there,
        So sorry, you seem to have found some outdated information…our only currently scheduled talk is “Sell Your Book–and Yourself!” on May 22 at 7pm, which covers the all-important author platform & marketing components of your pitch. You can purchase a ticket for this talk (which benefits 826 Seattle) for $35 on Brown Paper Tickets; here is the link:

        We hope to have more talks & series listed soon for the coming months. We’re also working on offering our classes online. Thanks for your interest!

  2. Hey Nancy: As of right now, we plan to hold our talk, “Secrets of a Successful Proposal” as scheduled at 7pm tonight at the Hotel 1000. If weather requires a cancellation of the class, attendees will be notified via email and we’ll post something on the blog. Thank you!

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  4. Hi Jen and Kerry,

    I took your first series of the Business of Books classes. I just wanted you to know that my first science fiction novel is under contract to be published.

    Since I write fiction, I sent mostly queries to publishers and agents, but by having my proposal ready–specifically the part about marketing/promotion–I was ready to go when I got my first “Send me the full manuscript.”

    I can honestly say that helped sell the book just as much as the story and since I had a plan, it keeps me on task now as I am trying to promote the novel.

    Thanks so much,
    Elizabeth Guizzetti

  5. I missed the October series, When will you have the next one. Anxious to attend. Gwynn Palmer

  6. Please let me know when you have your schedule of small Saturday workshops. I’ve done your evening talks and look forward to working through ideas with an intimate group.

    • Hi Janet, unfortunately we don’t have any workshops scheduled at this time, but we wanted to let you know that our new series, “30 Days to a Winning Book Proposal,” will be a small, workshop-sized group. This series has been revamped to be more hands-on, with in-class exercises and weekly homework to get the job done in 30 days. We encourage any of our previous attendees to come to this new series, especially if they haven’t yet submitted their proposal. AND, series attendees get our exclusive Publishing Toolkit, with more than 100 pages of insider info, worksheets, and exercises, plus two sample proposals. If you’re interested and would like to know more, drop us a line at! Tickets are here:

  7. Natasha

    I want to publish memoir or short stories, will the 30 days to a winning book proposal help me? I still have to finish the work too.

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