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Why Book Proposals?4:42
Focusing Your Idea ... in Words7:58
Marketing Yourself and Your Work5:44
Selling Your Idea7:45
Tackling the Heavy Writing5:37
Approaching an Agent2:56
About This Class
Want to sell your nonfiction book -- you know, for actual money! -- BEFORE you spend years slaving over the manuscript? Then this class is for you. If you have a great idea for a memoir, how-to, history, or other kind of based-on-truth book, here's where you can learn how to develop and shape that concept into a proposal that gets you a literary agent ... and a book deal. Writers who want to take their careers to the next level, complete with publishers and advances, can take the first step here. We'll cover how to break your idea down to its salable bites, sell your own credentials, put together a marketing plan, and write your all-important sample chapters.
Students will write their 300-word introduction in this class and get valuable peer feedback on this most critical part of the entire proposal -- the part that gets potential agents and editors to keep reading. Get your motivation jump-started, and get going on that long-gestating book idea today.
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Jennifer Keishin Armstrong grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, where she spent most of her time putting on shows in her parents’ garage, studying TV Guide,devouring Sweet Valley High books, and memorizing every note of every George Michael song. This finally came in handy when she got a job at Entertainment Weekly, where she worked for a decade. She’s now the TV columnist for BBC Culture and also writes for several other publications, including The New York Times Book Review, Fast Company, New York‘s Vulture, The Verge, and Dame. She’s the author of the New York Times bestseller Seinfeldia: The Secret World of the Show About Nothing that Changed Everything and a history of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted. She now lives in Manhattan.