Welcome to the Florida Christian Writers Conference! We are so glad you stopped by to check out what we have in store for you this year. This conference is nestled in the heart of Florida at Lake Yale Conference Center. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, and the spreading Oak trees beckon you to sit beneath their limbs and write a page or two in your journal.

It’s an opportune week to meet agents and editors, award winning writers and others who have heard the same call to write.  Come attend workshops and continuing classes that will sharpen your pen, develop your platform, and strengthen your resolve. Critique groups, meetings with agents and editors, writing contests, and camaraderie with fellow writers make this week one to remember.

If you have a book inside of you, if you have the dream to publish that book, and you don’t know where to begin, come be encouraged and trained at the Florida Christian Writers Conference, March 6-10, 2019.

 

 

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The Secret to a Great Book Proposal
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Jevon Bolden

Editor’s note: This article may look familiar to you if you’re a faithful follower. It posted in January. But I know many of you are busy working on proposals you were asked to submit at FCWC; so, I thought this would be a great help for you as you write the words that will find a home for your book. This is great advice from Jevon Bolden. 

 

The secret to a great book proposal is making it as compelling and exciting as an in-person pitch.

One of the things I noticed in my years as an acquisitions editor is that sometimes book proposals don’t capture the personality and passion of the author. They are dry, sterile, and well, boring. They don’t really say much.

Oftentimes, face-to-face meetings result in a book publishing offer easier than only submitting the proposal online. ?

So what does this mean for you?

Perhaps you won’t have the chance to meet with an editor or publisher in person (unless you attend Florida Christian Writers Conference), but what you can do is effectively use your words to craft a book proposal that communicates your passion for the project and your personality. And, really, every book proposal should be written this way. You don’t know who will be reading it even after a meeting with an editor.

Crafting a great book proposal is really more about using your words to show more than tell. In other words, don’t say, “I have a passion for this topic.” Show it! Don’t say, “I have a great personality on TV and radio.” Show it!

You’re a writer. Use your words. Draw us in.

One Caution

Keep the crazy at bay. Seriously. We are all silly and crazy. Or maybe I should just speak for myself. But I know I am not alone here. In an effort to show their personality, some aspiring authors sacrifice professionalism for personality. I’ve read these kinds of proposals, and yes, I was scared. Don’t be that person.

In your book proposal, be your best, interesting, passionate, authentic, and professional self. If you don’t know who that person is, get some outside input from a local writer’s group or a real friend who you know will tell the truth and give you great advice. You can even work with an independent editor or agent and have them critique your book proposal. They will give you valuable, objective, and industry-related tips that will help you say what you need to say and how you need to say it to get that publishing deal you so desire.

You got this!

 

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Jevon Bolden is the principal editor, ghostwriter, and publishing consultant at jevonbolden.com. This blog post was originally published on her blog where she shares strategic and savvy publishing advice accumulated from her fourteen years’ experience as senior acquisitions editor for adult nonfiction Christian publishing at Charisma House Book Group and senior editor for a children’s nonfiction imprint at Scholastic. She has recently shifted from her in-house publishing work to answer the demand of a growing list of authors and publishers who need her specific and customized content work to help them stay at the center of their readers’ felt needs.