Book Proposal Workshop with Andy Rogers

Every book begins the publishing process as a book proposal. It’s a document that is often reviewed by editors, agents, marketers, sales representatives, and publishers. In this workshop we’ll discuss the key information you need to know about creating a fiction or non-fiction book proposal. We’ll answer questions like: What information should be included? How should it be formatted? How detailed does it need to be? How much of the book should be written already? and many others. Writers are encouraged to bring something to record notes, and their working book proposal document if they have one. This workshop is for new or experienced writers. It will be led by Andy Rogers from Discovery House.



An Editors’ POV – Acquisitions Editor Andrew Rogers Shares From Behind His Desk

Andrew Rogers is an acquisitions editor at Discovery House Publishers and also a founding member of Jot and the Weaklings. He’s here to tell us a little bit about himself before he takes the stage at Jot IV, this Friday September 12th. If you are coming to Jot, please bring some questions for him during the Q&A time following his presentation.

What Authors have influenced you the most?

Ray Bradbury and C.S. Lewis. Bradbury in his use of imagery, his courage, and his style. Lewis in his ability to communicate thoughts on God in fresh language, and in how he teaches through similes and metaphors (see “Mere Christianity,” especially). Bradbury also helped me fall in love with the short story form.

What are your current projects?

Lately, I’ve written a short story that needs polished, and then needs a home. I’ve also been writing about writing and publishing for a few conference presentations this fall. 

Why do you write what you write?

I either write for fun (stories), I write for work (the conference presentations), or I write to make sense of what’s happening around me (my journal). If I had to pick just one reason to write, it would be the last one listed here. Writing helps me organize my thoughts and understand my emotions. The act of writing things down helps me process events and move on with life more confidently. It sounds selfish to say that, but if I’m honest with myself, that’s what it comes down to. 

What are you speaking on?

My talk is called “Myths and Lessons from a Year of Acquisitions.” I’m going to share what I have learned during my first year as an acquisitions editor for a publishing house. I’d like to bust some of the myths about acquisitions editors (we’re really not that scary!) and pass on some practical advice for writers who are looking to get published. 

What advice do you have for people interested in writing?

Find a group of writers who share your interest and cultivate meaningful friendships with them. I would not have accomplished anything in writing had I not had the friendship and support of my writers group and of my spouse. 

Please connect with Andrew through subscribing to his blog tellbetterstories or following him on twitter @ALRstories

Thank you Andrew.

See you all at Jot!

What to Expect from Jot

Jot is a new type of writers conference. For one thing, it’s cheaper (free). For another, it’s shorter (one night, four hours). And last, you actually get time to write (yes, write).

When we started throwing around the idea of creating our own writers conference, we knew that in order to be successful, it would have to fill some unmet needs. West Michigan is already home to Breathe, Maranatha, and bi-annually, Calvin College’s Festival of Faith and Writing.

So what were the needs that we saw going unfilled? While the writers conferences mentioned above are all wonderful conferences in their own right, they all require significant investments in both time and finances. What if we made a conference for writers like us, strapped for cash and too busy to write when we want to?

Thus was Jot created. We’ve done five of them now. #6 will be held September 12, 2015 at Lowry’s Books and More in Three Rivers, Michigan. The world will never be the same.

So if you come, what can you expect?

  • Short presentations on the writing life, on the publishing process, and writing tips for flash fiction.
  • Enough time between presentations to actually write.
  • Access to the presenters to ask 1-on-1 questions.
  • No admission cost.
  • No running across campus to walk in five minutes late to a presentation that you really wanted to see because the previous presentation ran long.
  • A beautiful setting with a snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Are you looking forward to a west Michigan’s only free mini-conference as much as we are?