How to write a non-fiction book proposal

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Garden Home Community Library Annex
Event Type
Classes & Workshops
Link
http://calendar.wccls.org/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=77917

This program is free and open to anyone. Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect.  

For nonfiction books, you don't submit the entire book; you submit a proposal.

Learn how to write a non-fiction book proposal and keep an editor's attention for more than 15 seconds.  Led by published author Maggie Stuckey. 

What this workshop will cover:

·        how the submission process works [ie, what happens to proposals once they arrive at an editor's desk ]

·        what editors or agents look for

·        the elements of the proposal, with specifics of each one [this is the bulk of the workshop]

·        resources for keeping up with what's happening in the publishing world [helps people strategize who to send proposals to]

·        lots and lots of Q&A. I invite everyone to interrupt me at any time.

There are quite a few handouts -- examples of proposals, lists of resources, etc.

This is not a lightweight class.  It works best for people who, whether published or aspiring, are nonetheless serious about their project. There's a lot of information and the workshop leader asks that participants come ready to fully engage.

The focus in this workshop – is with traditional, royalty-based publishing.  People whose primary interest is learning about self-publishing options will be disappointed.

  About the presenter:  Maggie Stuckey: 

Maggie Stuckey, author and editor, wears two hats.

Hat #1.  Under my own name, I am the author of 11 nonfiction books, published by companies people have actually heard of.  Some were represented by a literary agent, some I represented on my own. My publications list is included below, with more detailed information available at www.maggiestuckey.com.

Soup Night: Recipes for Creating Community Around a Pot of Soup, Storey Publishing

The Bountiful Container, Workman

Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul, contributor

Gardening from the Ground Up, St. Martin's

The Complete Spice Book, St. Martin's

Country Tea Parties, Storey Publishing

Collier's Encyclopedia: Author of the "Houseplant" entry

200 Tips for Growing Vegetables in the Pacific Northwest, Chicago Review Press

The Complete Herb Book, Putnam/Berkley

The Houseplant Encyclopedia, Putnam/Berkley

Western TreeBook: A Field Guide for Weekend Naturalists, Globe Pequot

Green Plants for Gray Days: Houseplants for the Pacific Northwest, Victoria House

 

Hat @2.   I also spend about half my time working as a ghostwriter. These are all nonfiction books, all in the “Business” category, from major New York publishing houses.  My credit list is long.  If all editorial levels are included—ghostwriter, collaborator, book doctor, developmental editor – it’s nearly 100 titles. 

 

And, of relevance to this workshop: as part of these projects, I am often asked to rewrite the original proposal, or create one from scratch.

 

For more information about this area of my background, you might want to check out the “Editor” side of my website: www.maggiestuckey.com.

 

This experience, combined with the development of my own books, has given me an unusually broad exposure to how things really work in the publishing world. It’s my pleasure to share some of that with others.

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How to write a non-fiction book proposal 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Garden Home Community Library Annex
7306 SW Oleson Rd, Portland 97223
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