If this is your first time attending one of our Proverbs 31 Ministries conferences, prepare to experience a life-changing conference. Listen to what a previous conference attendee had to say about her experience:
“I came to the She Speaks conference last year with one goal in mind: to make it a learning experience. My expectations were far exceeded. In addition to learning solid information about the book writing business and practical ways to manage my God given passion for writing with my life as a full time mom, I discovered the heart of my purpose.
The God that created the universe works all things for good, including the creative desires inside of us. Two months after attending She Speaks, a publisher contacted me to sign a book contract. With this new step, I knew that God was taking my learning curve to a new level, one that started with the bold encouragement of Proverbs 31 Ministries and continues me forward today in His inspired plan.”
She Speaks Conference Guest
If you are like me, God has placed a dream in your heart to write. Maybe this dream has been simmering for a while, or maybe you feel you’ll burst if you don’t do something about it now. You might be an experienced writer, but sense God calling you to a new place in your writing. Congratulations on taking this next step of faith in pursuing your dream. I believe you will be inspired and better equipped this weekend.
We’ve planned a variety of practical breakout sessions, inspiring speakers and opportunities for you to meet with both publishers and agents. I encourage you to get the most out of this weekend. Talk with every publisher and editor you meet. Ask a thousand questions. Share with other women who likely have the same fears. Soak in every bit of teaching. And most importantly pray. Pray that God will be evident in every part of this She Speaks 2013 Conference.
We have an exciting line-up of agents and acquisition editors from major publishing companies in attendance this year. Many will address writing and publishing issues in breakout sessions. But all will be available to meet one-on-one with you during the weekend to acquire book proposals. These appointments are limited due to the number of women who want them. Please make sure you check the box on the registration form indicating your interest in an appointment. They are not usually available at the conference. We do ask that you be fully prepared for this meeting with a book proposal. Keep reading if you aren’t sure what that is.
Book Proposal Requirements
If you plan to present a book idea to an agent or publisher, we ask that you come fully prepared. This means you’ll need to have a book proposal in hand.
If this is your first time preparing a book proposal, we suggest you research what is included in a fiction and non-fiction proposal, as the requirements are different for each. There are many good books available that will walk you through the process of developing your proposal. We will also be offering an optional pre-conference call to review this information. We’ll send you more information about this call in the coming months.
Although some of the publishers may ask you to e-mail the proposal if they are interested, it is good to have the hard copy in hand in case they want to take it on the spot. Please keep the proposal simple and professional. No binders.
Many authors are also preparing a “one-sheet.” This is a one-page document summarizing your book idea and your qualifications for authorship. Consider this your best pitch-on-a-page.
If you sign up for a publishing appointment, you’ll be hearing from us in the months prior to the conference with the final lineup of publishing guests. But if you have any questions before then, please feel free to e-mail me directly.
Grace & Peace,
Executive Director of Communications
Proverbs 31 Ministries