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With 400+ pages, 8+ hours of audio and video, and samples from 20+ book proposals that sold, this is a veritable Bible of book-writing prowess — a behind-the-scenes view into what grabs an agent’s attention, what captivates publishers, and the logic of treating your book like a business.
In this 45,000 word manual, you’ll learn exactly how the proposal process works, complete with stories and examples from three bestselling authors. You’ll hear interviews with agents, editors, and other insiders—what do they know that you need to know? Most important, you’ll learn what you can do every day to increase interest in your book’s potential.
For the past five years I’ve attended (and taught yoga at) Jen Louden’s famous Taos writing retreat. Jen calls it the “Luscious, Nuturing, Get Your Writing Done While Laughing Your Butt Off And Maybe Crying a Little Too Writers Retreat.” I call it the place where I met new friends (real ones, who I laugh and cry and write with still) and fell in love with writing again. Highly recommended. This retreat always sells out fast, and the only way to get into it is to subscribe to Jen’s newsletter and get the early registration notice, so go ahead and do that!
Also in 2011, I fulfilled a long-held dream and attended a week-long silent writing retreat with Natalie Goldberg. I wrote, slept, dreamed, woke, sat, walked, ate, wrote, read, listened, laughed, cried, wrote and came away feeling more deeply rested and more inspired in my writing than I can ever remember being before. Also highly recommended, especially if the thought of a week of silence makes your heart flip.
Jennifer McGuiggan is the creator of Alchemy: The Art & Craft of Writing, a course to help you –
I had a great time talking to Jennifer about the craft and challenges of editing in an interview which is part of this course.
Helen Heath is a writer and new media maven, book marketer and copywriting whiz. If you need a guide to the world of social media who is as patient and approachable as she is savvy, then Helen is your woman.
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