Got a book idea and would like to go down the traditional publishing route but don’t know who to pitch to or how? I can help. I’m on my second book deal with HarperCollins’ imprint 4th Estate so I know how to write a pitch and get a deal. Now I can teach you. And I’ll edit your book proposal to make sure it’s perfect…
Start date: 2nd March 2020
You’ve had this idea floating around for ages and know it would make a really good book. Perhaps you’ve written some or all of it already. And you want to move now or someone else will write it before you. But how do you go from idea to book deal?
And once the deal’s in the bag: what then?
I’ll teach you, through this simple, practical online course. And I’ll edit your proposal before you start sending it out, too – to make sure it’s perfect.
Here’s the course outline…
Module 1: The book
This book idea you’ve had: is it the right one? Could it be more refined? Is there a market for it? It’s easy to get caught up with thoughts of getting an agent, a publisher, having a book PUBLISHED AND OUT IN THE WORLD. But before getting too excited, we need to check this book idea will float. By the end of this module, you’ll know.
Module 2: Growing a profile
If you have a profile and so people know you and what you’re all about, this is never going to hurt in terms of securing a book deal. More followers will often mean more book sales, once it’s published. So publishers will love to see big social media followings and impressive stats on your website. If you don’t yet have a profile in your field, that’s fine. This module will teach you all the basics.
Module 3: The proposal
Now you’re clear on the book idea, but how do you get it from idea to book deal? Firstly, you need to write a proposal. A really good one. I’ll share both of mine and you can use this as a template. Then it’s about deciding whether to go for an agent or direct to publisher (this is less conventional), and how to go about either option.
Module 4: Writing the book
You have a book deal. Hurrah! Now, how to write the bloody thing? This module will offer ideas for managing your time, productivity, working through writers’ block and getting the first draft down. Then how to edit. This is about ensuring your book is in the best shape possible for sending it off to your editor for the first round of feedback.
Module 5: Marketing and sales
Your publishers will hopefully have a marketing strategy for selling copies of your published book. But you might be expected to do some of the promotional stuff yourself – and even if you’re not, it’s a good idea to get stuck in, as people want to hear about your book from you. Here’s how to do social media and PR for you book.
- Online course, starts 2nd March 2020.
- You’ll be given access to exercises, advice, tips – and set tasks. All the modules will be available from the start date: 9th March. But you don’t have to sign in then, or at a particular time – you can work on the course whenever it suits you.
- If you’d like me to edit your proposal (this is included in the cost), you’ll need to send a draft to me before Sunday 29th March.
- The course + proposal edit will cost you £299.
- You’ll have free access to my closed Facebook group, where you can network with other freelancers, business owners and creatives, and get exclusive tips and advice. Also, there’s an option to set yourself a weekly challenge each Monday, which works well alongside the courses. I check in at the end of the week, to see how you got on.
- You’ll have ongoing access to this course, so you can keep dipping in and out, as you like.
Who am I?
I’m Annie Ridout – author of The Freelance Mum (published January 2019 by Harper Collins imprint 4th Estate), SHY (out January ’21, also published by 4th Estate) and Twenty-nine: Poems on Motherhood (self-published). I’m also a freelance journalist (Guardian, Forbes, Grazia, Telegraph), editor of The Early Hour and speaker (panel talks, BBC radio and TV).