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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