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Unlocking the Secrets of a Really Good Cookbook Proposal


Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
Neighborhood Studio, Brooklyn
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This is a class cookbook author Lukas Volger been wanting to teach for a long time. Having worked in book publishing before he started writing cookbooks, as well as in various areas of the food and food media industry, Lukas has had the privilege of seeing how cookbooks get made from a few different perspectives. In this day-long workshop, he will go over how to write a book proposal that will make agents and editors pay attention.

If you attend, you’ll be asked to bring a specific cookbook idea, which will then be your working document for the day (and if you already have a proposal you’ve been working on, Lukas asks that you send it to him in advance so that he can read it). Attendees will be sent a selection of proposals for different types of published cookbooks to read in advance, and together, you'll work to understand what it is that makes them stand out from the crowd, and how to apply those lessons to your own projects.

In addition to reviewing all the necessary components of a proposal, central to the workshop is understanding the cookbook publishing market: you'll discuss trends in the industry and ways to capitalize on them in your proposal, as well as learn “the art of the comparative title.” The afternoon portion will feature talks with editor Camaren Subhiyah of Chronicle Books and literary agent Alison Fargis of Stonesong Literary, who’ll each share their processes for reviewing submissions and go into detail about what kinds of cookbook proposals capture their attention and excite them.

This is an intimate workshop, with plenty of time for one-on-one interaction, feedback, and Q&A. Lunch will be served.