January 25, 2010

Book Proposals

Literary agent, Rachelle Gardner, has a terrific blog post on how to write a non-fiction book proposal. She also lists several books that will help you in this endeavor. This is really valuable information folks. "What's the big deal?" you say. "I just write a few sentences about my book and how it will be a hit on Oprah." Actually, a book proposal is a big deal. Details include: who is your audience? What books are similar? How is your book different? What is your platform? Why are you qualified to write the book? Include Table of Contents and several chapters. When will the book be completed? What is your publishing history? This comes at a good time for me, as I embark on a proposal. Hope you all find it helpful too. Thanks to Rachelle Gardner. . .

January 21, 2010

List of Editors - What Do They Want?

Author Ellen Jackson has written a terrific list of editors and what they are interested in publishing. She cautions to read the list carefully, and also check the publisher's websites. Not all houses are open to submissions. This list is a great tool for writers. Check back to Ellen's website for updates.

January 19, 2010

Highlights Workshop Scholarships

Did you know that Highlights Foundation offers scholarships for their writer's workshops? In these tough economic times, many of us could use financial help in perfecting our craft. Highlights offers fabulous worshops, with a varying focus, and some of the top names in the writing field. Check out this link to learn what opportunities may await you in 2010!

January 9, 2010

Thanks to the Schools!

In this wonderful new year, I'd like to thank the schools for hosting my author visits. It was a busy December, as every day was booked. Without exception, each school was gracious, organized and informed. The kids had fantastic questions and I certainly noticed some budding authors. I am particularly thankful for the generous donations that each school gave to our foundation, At Least Kids, to support pediatric brain tumor research. Truly, these are kids helping kids. The school donations totaled approximately $1,500. May you all be blessed with peace, joy and health in the new year.

St. Anastasia School
St. Patrick School
Mother of Divine Providence
St. Joseph's School
St. John the Baptist
Ursuline Academy
Pope John Paul Elementary
St. Edmond's School
St. Maximillian Kolbe School
St. Elizabeth School
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta