Non-Fiction Book Proposals and the Publishing Process

Taught by Brooke Borel and Sarah Lohman

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Brooke Borel is a journalist and author. She's a contributing editor at Popular Science and she has also written for the Guardian, the Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, Aeon, and PBS's NOVA Next, among others. Her books include Infested and The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking. Check out her work at brookeborel.com or follow her on Twitter @brookeborel

 
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Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma. 

 

 

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You've found a killer true story or you're researching a fascinating subject and you want to write a book about it. But how do you start? 

Join published authors Brooke Borel and Sarah Lohman for an introductory workshop on putting together a nonfiction book proposal, getting your proposal published, and the ins and outs of the publishing process. We’ll go over how to:

  • Develop your idea
  • Compose a book proposal 
  • Find an agent
As well as:
  • What happens when your book is bought
  • The highs and lows of the writing process
  • The importance of fact checking and footnoting
  • What to expect leading up to you publish date

This class is for you if you are: a nonfiction writer or someone interested in nonfiction writing and relatively new at writing books and proposals. We will not be talking about self-publishing or publishing fiction.

Bring a laptop (fully charged), because we're going to get some work done in class. Bonus if you already have a book idea and are willing to workshop it with us.  

Sarah and Brooke are here to help! They will share their work, provide handouts, and there will be plenty of time for questions. Let's get you on the path to getting published!

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