11/10 – 11/12 If You Are Working On A Nonfiction Project: DO NOT Miss This Opportunity!
Take your nonfiction book project from idea to execution in this one-day intensive with New York Times Bestseller Denise Kiernan – author of The Girls of Atomic City and The Last Castle – and her husband, author/ghostwriter Joseph D’Agnese.
While agents and publishers want completed novels before considering fiction, nonfiction books are typically sold on the basis of a book proposal. Proposals (25 to 75 pages or longer) have one job: to entice agents and editors to take a chance on an author’s idea. Though the dynamics of nonfiction are markedly different from those governing fiction, one truth remains: quality writing rises to the top. A well-crafted proposal can mean the difference between a small or large advance, not to mention excellent placement in a publisher’s catalog, and a significant marketing budget.
- What are the key elements of a good proposal?
- Finding your hook: what’s going to grab and hold an editor or agent’s attention?
- How important is fine or beautiful writing to nonfiction?
- What’s the secret behind the industry’s most misunderstood word: “platform”?
- What are some techniques for evaluating book ideas?
- What do you do with your proposal once it’s done?
Course structure: We will convene for a Friday“social,” from 5 to 7 p.m. to meet each other, and to hear from Joe and Denise about what to expect from the course. The next day, Saturday, the group will meet for a day-long intensive to share ideas, workshop approaches, and analyze sample proposals. (You don’t have to share your proposal idea, but it would be helpful if you did.) Be prepared to take copious notes. The Saturday session will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break.
Prerequisites: Upon registration, participants will receive a Dropbox link containing several sample proposals that they should read prior to the Saturday session. Plan on at least 3 to 4 hours of reading prior to attendance. You will get the most out of this workshop if you have a nonfiction book idea or two in mind that you are willing to discuss openly with the group. This is not, however, a requirement.
Cost: Early Bird (before October 31) $175, General Admission $195
Special add-on: Participants may register for an individual, 30-minute coaching session with the instructors. These will take place Sunday and are limited to the first six registrants. Cost: $45