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Avoid book proposal agita! It’s time to begin collecting information. We will discuss which elements come together to make a selling proposal and which parts of your book should be highlighted. Here you will learn how to convince an agent or editor to read your book proposal, how to craft that all-important marketing paragraph, how to avoid pitfalls that stop the reading, the difference between the query letter and the synopsis, and other insights to impress the reader.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Alice B. Acheson has been advising authors very early in the publishing process, at the proposal stage, to start working on a marketing and publicity campaign for a book before a publisher even sees the manuscript. Then once authors sign with a publishing house, they want advice on what to expect from their publishers and what they should be doing for themselves. Authors are willing to take more responsibility but are overwhelmed by all they are asked to do and want to be sure their time is spent wisely. They want time to write and they want guidance in the marketing strategy.
Alice has decades of experience as an editor, publicist, marketing specialist and publishing consultant. She works with authors (all genres), illustrators and photographers as well as large and small publishers. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books. Four recipients of her publicity prowess have appeared simultaneously on The New York Times bestseller list. She is particularly proud of her efforts for Old Turtle by Doug Wood, the author's first book from a publisher who had never published a children's book nor nationally marketed any of their books. It won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year and sold 800,000 copies prior to its sale to Scholastic. For her efforts Alice was given the Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. She lives in Friday Harbor, WA and can be contacted at Aliceba7@gmail.com. More information can be found here .