Do you know how to get the book inside of you out into the world — and published?
You have a fantastic idea for a non-fiction book. You know you could do a brilliant job writing it. You know there are scores of people who would benefit from reading it.
The trouble is convincing an agent.
I’ve been there.
Even after 20 years in the writing and editing industry, I still froze up the first time I had to write a nonfiction proposal (what you need to sell a nonfiction book). In fact, I dragged my feet for two years, fiddling and tweaking, until an editor friend of mine lit a fire under my a** and prompted me to just get — it — done!
A month and a half later, I had myself an agent.
About a month and a half after that, we had ourselves a contract — after an astonishing 20 out of 30 editors had asked for the full proposal.
And when the book hit the shelves, it became an Amazon best-seller the very first day.
I had fretted and procrastinated and studied and learned – and I got my book No One’s the Bitch: A Ten-Step Plan for Mothers and Stepmothers on the best-seller list from the very beginning.
With guidance and support, you can do it too.
Jennifer’s thorough, thoughtful and example-based book proposal consulting gave me a clear path to follow, from how to structure the document, to understanding specific components of the proposal and what editors are looking for. My non-fiction book is now out with HarperCollins and Jennifer’s role in this process has been invaluable.
-Kate Payne, The Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking (Harper Design, 2011)
This isn’t simple “how to write a proposal” information. You can find that anywhere.
This is in-depth, behind-the-scenes material that tells you exactly what you need to do to get your book developed and in an agent’s hands.
You’ll learn how to land an agent, how to get the contract you want, how to impress an editor, and how to position your book for the best possible success when it launches, with a ready community of buyers and fans.
You’ll also learn how to get rid of every writer’s worst demon: procrastination.
By the time we’re done working together, you’ll have a brilliant proposal and all the tools you need to get an agent, a contract and an advance.
I have used consultants for other creative projects and been less than impressed. Jen rocks. Not only did I get clear, concise, concrete suggestions, but she showed me an avenue for creating order for my research in a tangible, exciting structure. My first response was that she should write the book and call me when it’s done! Her “off the top of her head” comments were strong and insightful. Although she gave me lots of “homework,” the proposal I now have is ready for the next level.
-Amy Kwalwasser, Kwalwasser Photo
Customize the level of help you need and let’s get started today.
If you’d like to work with me but aren’t sure we’re a good fit, please feel free to contact me and ask any questions you may have.
I offer the following services:
- Sharpen Your Book Idea
- Create Your Website Platform
- Create Your WordPress Site
- Develop Your Facebook Community
- Increase Your Expert Profile
- Write Your Proposal
- Land Your Agent and Contract
- Book Launch Publicity Campaign
- MASTER PACKAGE – (Proposal, Website Set-Up and Agent Pitch – see below)
- Retainer (4 1-hour phone sessions per month, unlimited email support)
Write Your Book – MASTER PACKAGE
- One-on-one, comprehensive support: 8 sessions of 1-hour phone consultations, assignments and reviews of your written material
- Website set-up: step-by-step instructions on setting up your book-related WordPress blog to establish yourself as a subject matter expert
- Query Letter and Agent Prospects – query letter creation with an attention-getting hook and a list of 20 agents who are looking for authors in your genre, topic, and voice – with contact information.
- Platform development – 2 one-hour phone consultations on developing a platform for your book, including how to create a devoted community ready to buy your published work.
- Proven workarounds – blast through procrastination and fear of putting your work out there – finally complete your pitch and let it work for you.
I’ve worked in publishing for almost 15 years, but I had never written my own book proposal. Working with Jennifer put my mind at ease. Her insights, particularly about what book publishers want to see, focused my attention on changes that needed to be made. She was extremely helpful and attentive and I feel encouraged, knowing that I’ve put together a great proposal.
-Erin Erickson, The Erin Experiment