Want to write a cookbook or food memoir? To get it traditionally published, you’ll need a stellar cookbook proposal. Cookbook proposals are long, sometimes 50 pages. They are a cross between a business plan, a sales pitch and an explanation of your book.
Perhaps you’re not sure what to write, or you would like accountability and support. Either way, this is the class for you. And I’ve kept the class small so there is lots of time to discuss whatever comes up for you.
You’ll get lots of strategic insider advice gained from my decades of teaching and writing about cookbooks, judging them for national awards, and co-writing two with a chef. I will lay out how the publishing industry works and what editors and agents look for in a professional proposal.
You’ll learn what’s included in each section of successful proposal. During class, you will write first drafts of several proposal sections and get valuable feedback. At the end of three weeks, you’ll have a solid start, and new ideas of how to make your proposal irresistible to an agent or editor.
You don’t have to have your idea sorted out, but it helps. And if you miss a class, there’s a tape to watch afterwards.
Bonus: It’s unusual to see someone’s successful proposal. I’ll share one of mine, which led to a beautiful cookbook by Rizzoli.
“Dianne teaches an incredibly practical, thoughtful, and interactive course. You will leave the class with a big head start on your proposal, plus the framework to get it done. During the course, you’ll connect with your classmates, who provide thoughtful feedback and encouragement on your cookbook-writing journey. I highly recommend this course for anyone who’s ever thought about writing a cookbook. You won’t regret it.” – Martin Sorge, @martinsorge, winner of The Great American Baking Show
For years I’ve had a five-hour minimum for consulting. But now, through Delicious Experiences, we can do a Zoom call for just one hour or more. If you’ve wanted to start on your dream cookbook, get your book published, or get better freelance assignments, let’s move you forward with your goals. Writers at all levels have booked me to discuss a variety of topics.