a hybrid press for publication
(She Writes / Spark Press). This process involves writing a book
proposal, including a synopsis, chapter summaries, and book comparables. Sue Norman recommends writing the book proposal earlier in the process, and closely reading Brooke Warner's detailed book on writing a book proposal. Brooke Warner also has a TED talk on this subject. Sue gave
us some specific tips also for finding comparable titles. She used Amazon to
find books no older than 3 years that either competed with her book
concept or overlapped in audience and interest. Her book will be
published late summer 2025. Congratulations, Sue!
Both Bridey Thelen-Heidel and Sue talked about working diligently with several editors at developmental editing stages and the benefits of being "coachable" writers. They also both credit being in a supportive writing group for helping them write and develop their stories.