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BOOK PROPOSALS

Together, we will set out to land multiple offers from literary agents and leading publishers. 

To get a deal with one of the leading book publishers, you need to submit a book proposal. Think of it as the business case for your book: your audience, your concept, your approach, your profile. Together with sample chapters, it runs to 60 pages or so. 

 

Writing a successful book proposal is quite an art, one in which I specialize. 

 

In the last few years, I’ve written a dozen or more book proposals. They have been represented by top literary agencies and acquired by world-leading publishers such as HarperCollins and St. Martin’s Press, as well as quality independent publishers such as Andrews McMeel and Post Hill Press. 

I know what you’re thinking. If the proposal is good enough to get a single agent or book publisher interested, well, that’s good enough.

 

It’s not.

 

Why? Because exceptional publishers demand exceptional proposals. They seek remarkable ideas told in new ways, showcasing an exceptional voice and an original structure, filled with triumphs, failures, revelations, and insights, from authors at the top of their game who have a magnetic appeal for readers. 

 

My point: average won’t cut it.

Together, we will transform your manuscript from mediocre to amazing.

Manuscript

 Development 

Whether you are seeking a traditional publishing deal or setting your sights on quality self-publishing, your manuscript must outshine the competition.

 

I work with you to clarify your message, elevate your style and voice, establish scenes and stories, set creative and practical goals, and lay down a plan for getting your manuscript completed. 

 

The end goal is a powerful, high-quality manuscript that is ready for self-publishing or submission to your publisher.

Together, we’ll amplify your heritage by sharing your story across generations.

From the initial spark of an idea to the exhilarating moment of holding the final printed book, let’s craft a legacy memoir that transcends time.

 

I specialize in collaborating with centuries-old family businesses and more recent enterprises, all driven by a desire to share their long-term vision.

Stories shape values, instill pride, and offer perspective, fostering innovation and unity across generations. A legacy memoir can be a powerful tool in setting the future course for a business, no matter how young or old it is.

Family Spirit (Chronicle Books), a collection of insights from renowned family-owned enterprises.

Phoenix Rising (Routledge), which demonstrates that it is the pioneer spirit of family leaders that makes a business family excel and endure.

 

The Art of Building a Brand (Duluth Trading Company), tracing the journey of Duluth Trading Company, a front-runner in authentic storytelling about its distinctive brand.

Together, we'll craft a plan for writing & publishing your book.

You love the idea of writing your own book and pitching it to agents and publishers, but you need a little expert advice. The good news? You can work with me on an hourly basis, taking just as much of my time as you need to answer your questions, review your materials, and set a course for your publishing success. 

I charge $2,250 for blocks of ten hours, which you can use as fast or slow as you like (subject to availability!).

Contact me to slot in some time today.

Together, we can work through issues such as:

  • Is my idea good enough for a book?
     

  • Should I try to secure a publishing deal, or self-publish my own high-quality book?
     

  • How can I become an influential voice as an author?

MANUSCRIPT DEVELOPMENT
PUBLISHING SUPPORT
LEGACY MEMOIRS

The best nonfiction books are the result of a great collaboration.

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