SUNDAY, MAY 19 | The beauty of nonfiction books is that they can frequently be sold on the basis of a 40- to 60-page proposal. What is a proposal? Essentially, it is a business plan for a book – a document that outlines your basic premise, provides data on competing titles, includes audience research, summarizes chapter contents and includes other core information that convinces a publisher to give you a wad of money so you can take time off and write it. Memoirs, narrative journalism, business books, histories, and biographies can all be sold on proposal.
In this seminar, students will learn the seven components of a successful book proposal, study examples of proposals that led to book deals, and get the lowdown on the publishing industry – including the best way to find an agent.
This seminar is helpful for writers who are interested in sussing out an idea to see if it has market value or for writers who are “stuck” and need to step back and examine their book’s structure and big ideas to make sure they’re working with a solid, original premise.
Fresh coffee and light snacks included.
Julia Scheeres is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Jesus Land and of the narrative history A Thousand Lives: The Untold Story of Jonestown. She has taught creative writing at San Jose State and Stanford University and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, both large and small. A few clips: https://juliascheeres.contently.com
Number of sessions: 1
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon
Date: Sunday, May 19
Course fee: $125