book proposals

Writing Book Proposals

Write-hand-writing-20106-lI've spent the summer writing book proposals as well as reviewing them.   Call it synchronicity, or serendipity, or whatever you want, but I have been immersed in book proposals. 

And I've learned a lot.

I thought I knew a lot about writing book proposals before (she said modestly), but now I know even more.  So when a couple of writers asked me when I was going to offer the Get Your Book Proposal Written Now class again, I figured this was a good time.

Actually, October will be a good time, when I'm back from my upcoming workshop/retreat in France. (I'm also planning on writing from Ceret.  I'll post links here, but they'll be up at the retreat website.)  

But I put the link up now, in case you want to plan ahead.  And the first three people to sign up get a free coaching session with me to discuss your idea for a book.  Cool, huh?

Here's the deal with book proposals: you need to write one if you want to pitch a non-fiction book to traditional publishers, because that's how non-fiction is sold.  (If you're writing a novel, dream on if you think you can sell it before it's finished.  Unless your name is John Grisham or Jennifer Weiner, you can't.) 

And even if you plan to publish your book yourself, its a great idea to write a proposal, because it lays out everything you'll need to know to write and promote the book.  So it's a great big huge no-brainer to write one either way.  And I shall tell you how.

So, please, check it out. The page has a lot more info on what I'll cover and how we'll do it.

And do tell: are you writing fiction or non-fiction?  Which is your favorite?

Photo by blary54.

This Is It, This Is Enough, Right Now

Wood-wooden-hands-14830-lBack in March, I wrote a post titled Enough, which explored all the various permutations of accepting that we all have enough for whatever we need.

Yesterday, in my travels around the internet, I landed on Marie Forleo's site.  She's got a fabulous video up, part of her Q and A series, that answers the question: is it okay to want more when you already have plenty of blessings:  In the video, she mentions the concept of "This is it!"

In short, "This is it!" is something you can remember to tell yourself in any given moment in order to help make the best of it.  She uses the example of standing in line at the post office.  Instead of complaining about it, make the best of it.  Tell yourself, "This is it! and start chatting with the people in line around you.

You can apply this to writing, too.  Some days, you just don't feel it.  Today, for instance, my brain is a bit foggy and what I'd really like to do is close my eyes for a few minutes.  But when I remind myself, "This is it!" I pull myself back to the present moment and I remember that everything I need truly is right here.  That I can make the best of it.  That I have enough for my writing, enough for my goals, enough for my dreams.  More than enough.  And it is all here, right now.  This is it.  There is enough.

Where do you find enough in your life?

By the way, speaking of enough, did you know that writing a non-fiction book proposal rather than a whole book is enough to get you a contract?  Well, it is.  And I'm in the process of putting together a teleclass that will guide you in putting together a proposal in time to pitch it to an agent this summer.  If you're interested, email me at and I'll put you on the info list.