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You understand the elements of the book proposal, but writing that query letter is still daunting. Where to begin? Reference books seem to have conflicting methods. Is there one way to do it? What details must be included? What to avoid? For fiction or nonfiction, Alice Acheson shares what works, what doesn’t, and why. For individualized attention, the pre-class assignment (to write a query letter, based on instructions received upon registration) must be emailed directly to the instructor a week before the class.
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
Alice B. Acheson has been advising authors very early in the publishing process, at the proposal stage, to start working on a marketing and publicity campaign for a book before a publisher even sees the manuscript. Then once authors sign with a publishing house, they want advice on what to expect from their publishers and what they should be doing for themselves. Authors are willing to take more responsibility but are overwhelmed by all they are asked to do and want to be sure their time is spent wisely. They want time to write and they want guidance in the marketing strategy.
Alice has decades of experience as an editor, publicist, marketing specialist and publishing consultant. She works with authors (all genres), illustrators and photographers as well as large and small publishers. She has negotiated book contracts, sold subsidiary rights, and edited and publicized books. Four recipients of her publicity prowess have appeared simultaneously on The New York Times bestseller list. She is particularly proud of her efforts for Old Turtle by Doug Wood, the author's first book from a publisher who had never published a children's book nor nationally marketed any of their books. It won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year and sold 800,000 copies prior to its sale to Scholastic. For her efforts Alice was given the Literary Market Place Outside Services Award for Advertising, Promotion, and Publicity. She lives in Friday Harbor, WA and can be contacted at Aliceba7@gmail.com. More information can be found here .