You’d like to write a cookbook and get a book deal. But where to start? A cookbook proposal is the document you submit before you write your book. Agents and editors decide whether to publish your book based on it. But book proposals have just a 1 to 2% success rate. It’s critical to get it right.
Dianne Jacob, writing coach and award-winning writer, will help you to jumpstart your cookbook proposal in this 3-session, interactive online workshop. With writing exercises, lectures, workshopping with fellow students, and direct feedback from Dianne, you’ll gain the tools you need to complete your proposal.
You will learn what constitutes a sellable idea, how a proposal is structured, and how to think like an agent or editor. You’ll have time to workshop your book idea and various parts of the proposal, with input from Dianne and your classmates.
It is difficult to see a good example of a proposal that sold. People are secretive about them. Dianne will share the successful proposal for her most recent cookbook, The United States of Pizza, published by Rizzoli.
You’ll also write first drafts of several proposal sections. One of the hardest parts of writing a proposal is to start writing. You’ll finish this class with the bones of a proposal for your cookbook or food memoir.
- Nine hours of class time
- Discover what constitutes a sellable idea, how a proposal is structured, and how to think like an agent or editor
- Workshop your book idea in an interactive, supportive environment
- Learn how to craft each section for maximum impact and interest
- Write first drafts of various proposal sections with timed exercises in class, homework assignments, and direct feedback on your work
- Receive Dianne’s direct feedback on one of your recipes
- Get exclusive access to one of Dianne’s complete, successful book proposals
- Review content from the previous week: 10 minutes
- Workshop your proposal section with Dianne and fellow attendees: 80 minutes
- Lecture “The Overview”: 20 minutes
- Write a section: 15 minutes
- Break: 10 minutes
- Lecture “Recipe Writing”: 20 minutes
- Small group breakouts and discussion: 30 minutes
- Homework assignment: 5 minutes