If you want to get your book traditionally published in 2020, be it fiction, nonfiction, a children's book, or memoir, increase your chances by knowing how to evaluate the commercial potential of your work and learning the best way to approach editors, agents, and publishers.
Book publishing is undergoing a dramatic transformation as e-book sales increase and physical bookstores decrease in number. These changes affect the traditional book deals that get made-meaning that authors have to adjust their strategies to adapt to a risk-averse and uncertain industry.
This intensive and information-filled 120-minute live webinar helps you think like an industry insider who makes decisions every day on what work merits print publication. You'll get practical advice and tools to help you develop strong pitch letters and proposal materials for both fiction and nonfiction-plus back-door methods for networking with agents and editors.
Avoid frustration-don't embark on the submission process in 2020 without being fully educated about how the industry works, from an impartial point of view. You will better focus your time and energy, increase your chances of success, and learn to decipher the language of industry professionals.
How book proposals must be adapted for the digital era of publishing
How to tell a good agent from a not-so-good agent
The best free and paid resources for identifying agents and publishers that are receptive to your work
How to identify flaws in your approach, submission materials, or concept
Writers with finished novel manuscripts who are starting to consider submitting to agents and editors
Writers who are currently submitting their work and not getting the responses they expected or hoped for
Previously published authors who have been out of the game and need a refresher for the digital era
Jane Friedman is the former publisher of Writer's Digest who has spent more than 15 years in the book publishing industry and has overseen the publication of hundreds of books during her career. She is a regular speaker at writing conferences and industry events, including Digital Book World, BookExpo America, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Her blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com has more than 100,000 visitors every month and was named one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2013–14.