Professional writing instruction in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

May Class: Craft a Winning Book Proposal

Craft a Winning Book Proposal With Jen Worick and Kerry Colburn

Saturday, May 14, 1-5pm

You may have a terrific book idea ready to dazzle the world. Alas, without a spot-on book proposal, it may never see the light of day. Don’t let this happen to you! Learn how to create a savvy and professional proposal that will make publishers and agents sit up and take notice. Two industry insiders will walk you through the key elements of any successful proposal—including title/subtitle, opening pitch, author bio, and marketing plan—and help you polish each one with hands-on exercises. Crafting a killer, on-point proposal is absolutely essential to succeeding in the current marketplace no matter what publishing route you take. You’ll leave this workshop not only committed to getting the book deal of your dreams, but with a concrete start to every section of your proposal.

Where: Tulinda Yoga Studio, 618 McGraw Street, Queen Anne

Suitable for any writers actively working on or thinking about a book. No matter the genre, where you are in the writing process, or how you’d ideally like to publish, this class will ensure you have the best shot at publication. (While book proposals are expected for nonfiction titles, we encourage all aspiring authors to write a proposal, as it will make their submission—and their book—stronger.)

How much: $199

To register: You can register via PayPal here. Your payment in full confirms your registration and reserves your spot. Space is limited to 15, so register early.

What to bring: Bring something on which to write, be it laptop or pen and paper. (Please charge up before coming and bring your power cord, and we’ll do our best to accommodate your charging needs.) Please also bring your mobile coffee mug or water bottle. We’ll have coffee, tea, and water on hand.

Teachers: Prolific authors and publishing experts Jennifer Worick and Kerry Colburn are the dynamic duo behind The Business of Books (, a publishing consulting company based in Seattle.

With nearly 40 years of industry experience and 40 published books between them, Jen & Kerry are in the unique position of having been “on both sides of the desk”—as both acquisitions editors and authors.

Jen was most recently the Editorial Director of Running Press in Philadelphia and is a New York Times-bestselling author with more than 1 million copies of her books in print. Kerry served as Executive Editor of Chronicle Books in San Francisco and is the author of many books, including How to Have Your Second Child First. The duo speaks frequently at writers’ conferences, retreats, and school