Writing a book proposal for your memoir? Join me for a micro-retreat.


If you want to land a publishing deal for your memoir, there is one thing you need: a standout book proposal to submit to literary agents and editors.


Daunting, right?


You might be wondering:

How can I find a publisher for my memoir?

What even IS a book proposal?

Can’t I just send in my manuscript?

What are agents and editors looking for?

How can I make my book idea stand out?


With my fellow writer and memoirist Joanne Spataro, I’ll be answering all these questions—and so much more—in a 2-hour webinar on October 27. We’ll cut through the confusion so that you can convince agents and editors to fall in love with your book idea.


Joanne and I hope this micro-retreat will give memoir writers a chance to step away from the daily grind and benefit from valuable industry insights that will bring them closer to landing the publishing deal of their dreams. It’ll be fun, too: we’ve called it a “micro-retreat” because it will be an energizing time to get a fresh perspective on your writing goals.


In this live Zoom event, you will be able to chat with Joanne and me and ask the proposal-related questions that are on your mind.


Who should attend?

  • Writers with a partial memoir manuscript completed, wondering if they should write a book proposal

  • Memoirists who have a first draft completed, but are not sure what to do next

  • Writers who have started to create a memoir book proposal but need advice


How does it work?


You can access the micro-retreat using Zoom on your computer or mobile device. We’ll manage the Q&A through Zoom chat, with questions being read and answered by Joanne and Sally for the group to hear.


All you need is a computer or iOS device, and an internet connection.


The micro-retreat will be recorded, and you’ll receive a copy of the presentation via email in the week following the event.


Here’s what past participants have said:


I really enjoyed the micro-retreat and your incredible feedback on my proposal … I feel energized in a way that I haven't in a long time.

— SL


I appreciated the focus on the book proposal and the purpose of each section. It really helps to hear from people who’ve been through the process.

— MF


About Joanne and me


Joanne Spataro is a writer, ghostwriter and writing teacher living in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Vice and The Huffington Post. Her essay, “Rallying for Regular Lives in North Carolina,” appeared in We Are Not This, a book featuring 12 writers with ties to North Carolina. Sales of the book were donated to LGBTQ charities in Charlotte and North Carolina as a response to the NC General Assembly’s passage of HB2. Joanne is currently working on her memoir.


With 20+ years’ experience in book publishing, I know what makes a great book proposal—and how to write them. Former non-fiction publisher for HarperCollins and editorial director for Amber Books, I now work as a ghostwriter and developmental editor, specializing in nonfiction book proposals and manuscripts. My author clients are represented by several leading literary agencies, and have published with HarperBusiness, St. Martin’s Press, Simon & Schuster, and Chronicle Books, or have successfully published independently. Born in Australia, I now call Northern California home, and I get my kicks running through the Santa Cruz Mountains.


When: October 27, 2021 at 11am PST / 1pm CT / 2pm ET
Where: Zoom (on signup we will send you an invitation to join the meeting)
Pricing: $399


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