If you were to take a poll, you’d find that a huge percentage of Americans dream of writing a book, but they have no idea how to navigate the complex world of publishing. On Saturday, August 9th, Dina Dove will be leading a free workshop for aspiring authors.
After 30 years as an entrepreneur and business owner, she completely changed her focus and became an author. By using the techniques she teaches, Ms. Dove sold her book, The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living, to a major publisher in record time.
She will teach your audience: The power of a great title
Tips on defining your market
Writing the book proposal
What publishers are looking for
Developing your platform
The value of literary agents and attorneys
The best author resources
· What is the first thing you would tell people who want to get a book published?
· What are the pieces of a book proposal and why is it important?
· Why do I need a literary agent?
· What gets an agent’s attention?
· Can’t a person go directly to a publisher to sell their book?
· What is a publisher really looking for?
· What was the secret of your success in getting The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living published so easily?
When asked if you’ve ever thought of writing a book, a huge number of people will give a resounding ‘Yes.’ We all have thoughts we’d like to share with the world and a book seems powerful, indeed. But for so many, the task of sitting down and putting it to paper is only the first hurdle.
Industry experts will tell you that less than 5% of people who write a book ever get a major publishing contract. On first blush, that might discourage you. The authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul were turned down by 140 publishers before finding one that said yes. Now that series is lauded as being the single most successful in the history of publishing itself. Though authoring books is not for the easily discouraged, you can get a major publisher and become a successful author if you learn the tricks of the trade, are willing to implement them, and keep a good positive attitude.
“First and foremost, you must have a passion for your subject and be able to convey your message in a powerful manner,” says Ms. Dove. “For me it took the form of a fable thru which I teach others what it took me so long to learn. While I was blessed with much success in my life, there was no time to enjoy it. Personal and business tragedies forced me to re-evaluate my life. I got a new perspective and learned to live in a more authentic way. It was then that I found true happiness and… true success.”
Ms. Dove is being brought in by Books A Million as part of their grand opening celebration at Branson Hills. She has 2 in-store events on Saturday, August 9th.
Book signing 2 – 5 pm
Aspiring Authors Workshop 7 – 9 pm
About Dina Dove
Since the mid 1970s, Dina Dove has founded several businesses and co-authored two multi-media life-coaching programs. But it was the life-changing circumstances in her own life that inspired her to write her first fable, “The Baglady’s Guide to Elegant Living.” At forty-one she walked into an uncertain future; broke, newly divorced, with no job, no unemployment pay, $250,000 in debt and the IRS knocking at her door. Far from the tragic devastation that she expected, she stepped into the world empty and found a life that was magical beyond her wildest dreams. As a life coach, inspirational speaker, and workshop leader, Dina Dove is dedicated to helping others find the blessings hidden in their lives. Through the work she does, people remember who they really are at their deepest core and discover their unique path to personal fulfillment.