Advising

LITERARY ADVISING MENU 2011

50-MINUTE PRE-BOOK CONSULTATIONS

The easiest way for you to sell a book is to discuss your concept, approach, and audience before you begin to plan and write. Pre-book consultations are designed to help you think like an editor or agent, and consider some of the realities and quirks of the industry that will save you years of time and effort.

General consultations are free to Georgetown faculty and available through hourly literary advising fees for qualified authors from outside Georgetown. This time can be for anything you choose: advice, support and encouragement, analysis of your past experiences with agents and editors, brainstorming, guidance on media submissions, contract details, or just enjoying the time to discuss what you want from writing and publishing now.

CRAFTING YOUR BOOK PROPOSAL OR PROSPECTUS

This is the core of what we offer nonfiction authors, and it is the very best tool to attract a tier-one university press, or to secure a top literary agent and sell your book to a major publisher. You must already have credentials to write a book in your field now, and the ability to either write it yourself or to agree to work with a paid, talented writer as part of your literary team. Your course fee includes your first literary consultation, access to an exclusive book proposal template created in concert with some of the best agents and editors in the world, guidance on presenting yourself as an expert, help with your competition research, audience analysis, and promotion plan, and a list of at least twenty hand-selected literary agents to whom we will submit your work. Questions? Write to booklab@georgetown.edu.

FACULTY SCHOLARLY BOOK AND ARTICLE GROUPS

You'll be matched with a maximum of five colleagues from other departments facing similar literary challenges. In weekly meetings you'll enjoy a firm schedule, ambitious goals and deadlines, and the ability to share and discuss scholarly publishing resources. Organizational principles are the research of Robert Boice, Wendy Belcher, and Paul Silvia, and Booklab's hands-on experience for the past five years with how and why faculty finish scholarly books and articles in successful and even award-winning ways

This tested process works for any book -- even older, abandoned projects. Every accepted participant will end the summer with significant progress toward a complete manuscript.

Click here for a group registration page.