How to Score a Book Deal: Tips and Tools from the Publishing Pros
With this one-two punch from industry insiders Jen Worick and Kerry Colburn of The Business of Books, you’ll be ready to land a traditional publishing contract no matter your genre.
All classes are pre-recorded. You'll be able to move along at your own pace, plus ask the instructors questions via email.
Webinar One: Prepare to Get Published
You’ve got a book idea, but how do you get it out of your head—and onto the shelves? We’ll show you how to hone your idea, assess the competition, bulk up your author bio, choose the right sample text, strategically research publishers and agents, and develop a complete proposal, giving you all the tools you need to create a savvy, on-point submission.
Webinar Two: Learn What Every Publisher Wants You to Know
Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall during acquisitions meetings with publishers and agents, so you could find out what they really want—and don’t want? We’ll cover the proposal components that are most crucial to landing a publishing deal, rookie mistakes to avoid during the submission process, the aspects of an author platform that matter most, and how to fine-tune your proposal to address today’s publishing climate.
Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn are the dynamic duo behind The Business of Books (www.bizofbooks.com), a successful publishing consulting company based in Seattle. With nearly forty years of publishing experience and forty published books between them, they are in the unique position of having been “on both sides of the desk”— as both acquisitions editors and as authors.
Kerry is the former executive editor of Chronicle Books and the author of a variety of titles, including How to Have Your Second Child First, Good Drinks for Bad Days,and Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers.
Jennifer, previously editorial director of Running Press, has co-authored or written more than 25 books, including Things I Want to Punch in the Face and the New York Timesbest-selling Worst Case Scenario Handbook: Dating and Sex. During their publishing careers, they have reviewed countless proposals and shepherded many successful titles to market.