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A Writer's Dream: How to Never Write a Query Letter or Book Proposal

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Ever get tired of pitching your writing over and over? Here is the solution to never having to do that again.

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A Writer's Dream: How to Never Write a Query Letter or Book Proposal

  1. 1. A WRITER’S DREAM How to Never Write a Query Letter or Book Proposal
  2. 2. WHO IS THIS GUY? Kind of a Cool Dude
  3. 3. Stuff that I’ve DoneWon the 6th grade spelling beePeed my pants (on purpose... in college)Appeared on Italian TVLived in a van for a yearRan a half marathonGot married
  4. 4. Stuff that I DoWork at a nonprofitBlog (goinswriter.com)Tweet (@jeffgoins)Play guitarRunWrite
  5. 5. What Nobody Ever Tells You about WritingIt’s harder than you thinkIt’s not enough to be goodNobody cares about youIt’s more about who youknow than what you knowYou have to love doing it
  6. 6. “THERE IS NOTHING TO WRITING. ALLYOU DO IS SIT DOWN AT A TYPEWRITER AND BLEED.” —ERNEST HEMINGWAY
  7. 7. “TALENT ALONE CANNOT MAKE A WRITER.THERE MUST BE A MAN [OR WOMAN] BEHIND THE BOOK.” —RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  8. 8. YOU NEED 3 TOOLS TO BE A REAL WRITER...
  9. 9. 1. PLATFORM
  10. 10. Examples of PlatformsYouTube ChannelPodcastBlogColumn
  11. 11. 2. BRAND
  12. 12. Elements of a BrandNameImageVoice
  13. 13. 3. CONNECTION
  14. 14. Channels of ConnectionFacebookTwitterEmailPhoneNetworking
  15. 15. WHAT’S BEST?
  16. 16. A Channel of Your Very Own
  17. 17. What You GetBook deals (without the proposal)Magazine offers (without a query letter)Free stuffInterview opportunitiesChances to connect with other writers
  18. 18. What to Do NowStart a blog (Wordpress.com)Connect with people on Twitter and FacebookBuild a newsletter list (Mailchimp.com)Create awesome stuffStart small and build
  19. 19. “THIS BUSINESS OF... BEING A WRITER ISULTIMATELY ABOUT ASKING YOURSELF, ‘HOWALIVE AM I WILLING TO BE?’” —ANNE LAMOTT
  20. 20. WHAT DOES IT REALLY TAKE TO BE A WRITER?
  21. 21. COURAGE.
  22. 22. Questions?goinswriter.com | @jeffgoins | jeff@goinswriter.com
  23. 23. Photos (Creative Commons) • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aegishjalmur/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/juhansonin/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/eschipul/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/newtown_grafitti/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/33852688@N08/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangeacid/ • http://www.flickr.com/photos/hisgett/

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