I wanted to drop a brief line about Dianne Jacob’s enormously helpful book proposal course. I got a tremendous amount out of it, both from the in-class discussions and (perhaps especially) Dianne’s no-nonsense comments on the weekly assignments.
A book proposal is a language all its own. Dianne walked us through how best to present our ideas to agents and publishers, saving me from months of false starts and wrong turns. The class was a great blend of general principles and individual attention. It helped me to tighten my focus, so that I ended not only with a drafted proposal, but with a clearer direction for the book itself.
I’d recommend this class for anyone thinking about a nonfiction project.
UPDATE from Writing Salon: Andrew’s forthcoming book, Twain’s Feast, has been accepted for publication by Penguin!
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