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Pitch a Publisher! Insider Secrets to Getting a Book Deal

From the outside, book publishing can seem mysterious, but from the inside it is really quite simple. Publishing veteran Brenda Knight will teach you how to sell yourself and your book idea, who you are really selling, the importance of "comp titles," how to craft the perfect proposal, and trend tracking. In her own words, "I have acquired over one thousand books in my career, including a few New York Times bestsellers. One of the great joys in my life is helping authors get their work into print and published successfully." Brenda Knight currently acquires both fiction and nonfiction and will listen to your pitches in the second half of the session. Bring your best ideas!

What you'll learn from this session:

  • How publishers think
  • Who the decision makers are at any publishing house (prepare to be surprised)
  • Platform-building tips and marketing strategies that will work for you
  • The art of the book "hook;" the one line that might sell your book
  • How to ask the right questions and the one question every editor is waiting to hear

Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries oncluding Paolo Coehlo, Marianne Williamson, Mark Nepo and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Knight was awarded IndieFab's Publisher of the Year in at the American Library Association in 2014. She is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Knight is Editorial Director at Mango Publishing and also serves as President of the Women's' National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.

For each class, we reserve the right to cancel at any time and issue a full refund. If you are unable to attend your class, please email tedwards@milibrary.org at least ten days prior to receive a refund. All fees must be paid at the time of registration.

Classes

Admission: 
Members $35
Public $45
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Location: 
4th Floor Meeting Room
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Taryn Edwards - 415-393-0103
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