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February 25, 2017: Editing Non-Fiction Book Proposals

What: Editors BC professional development seminar
When: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2200, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver | map
Cost: $105 for Editors Canada members ($85 early bird), $170 for non-members ($150 early bird), and $70 for student affiliates. Advance registration required. Registration closes February 17; early-bird rates are in effect through February 3.

A thorough book proposal is required for most non-fiction authors to land a deal with a publisher or representation by a literary agent. In this three-hour session, you will learn how to shape a non-fiction book proposal that will open doors. You’ll discover each of the elements required (from competitive title analysis to author bio, chapter summaries, and more) and how to make them stand out. You will learn about common editorial issues with non-fiction book proposals and how to help position a book for the marketplace. Visit the registration page for more details.

Non-fiction editors of all levels are welcome. Those interested in substantive editing in particular will find this workshop appealing, though prior substantive experience is not required. Please note that query letters for fiction manuscripts are not the focus of this workshop.

Trena White is co-founder of Page Two, a Vancouver-based publishing agency specializing in non-fiction books, and an associate agent of Transatlantic Agency. Before launching Page Two, Trena was publisher of Douglas & McIntyre and Greystone Books, and a non-fiction editor at McClelland & Stewart. She is an adjunct professor in publishing at SFU.

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