“How to Write a Great Book Proposal” will be vital in the journey to publishing for new and aspiring writers and authors, especially those who are writing in the nonfiction genre, and those who plan to seek and use an agent and/or traditional publisher to produce a book. The material comes from the presenter’s research on effective book proposals, interviews with authors and publishers, and many hours of writing and editing her own book proposals.

This workshop will also help writers focus and understand the content of their own book before going down any potential rabbit holes that may get them off the writing track.

Even though writers who plan to self-publish may not use a book proposal to bring their books to market, this workshop will help writers understand that a book proposal is also a business plan, a necessary step for personal pre-publication development. The discussion will prompt writers to think about marketing, promotion, and how competitive titles may be either a good thing or a bad thing for your own work. The presenter will help writers think about the personal and professional connections to help launch a successful promotional tour.

The material will cover topics like agent and publisher submission guidelines, intended readership, how to self-promote without feeling guilty, and an outline for the content in book proposals. A short list of resources will also be shared.

About Wanda Lloyd

Wanda Lloyd is author of the highly regarded memoir, COMING FULL CIRCLE: From Jim Crow to Journalism, which documents her life growing up in the segregated South, and her long career as a daily newspaper editor. Lloyd is also co-editor (with novelist Tina McElroy Ansa) of the anthology MEETING AT THE TABLE: African- American Women Write on Race, Culture and Community. Lloyd writes a twice-monthly column for savannahnow.com and the Savannah Morning News, her hometown newspaper.

Lloyd, who spent more than 40 years as an editor and leader at seven daily newspapers, including The Washington Post and USA Today, retired as executive editor of the Montgomery Advertiser in Alabama in 2013. She returned to Savannah to accept the position of chair and associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications at Savannah State University.

In 2019, she was inducted into the NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Hall of Fame, recognition for her body of work as a media diversity advocate and trainer. She earned a degree in English at Spelman College in Atlanta, and in 2016 Spelman awarded Lloyd the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

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