Get to know Cynthia:
Cynthia Ruchti tells stories hemmed-in-hope through award winning novels, nonfiction, devotionals, and through speaking events for women and writers. She is the professional relations liaison for ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) connecting authors with booksellers, libraries, bookclubs, and readers. Her books have garnered retailer, reader, and reviewer honors throughout the industry. Her tagline is "I can't unravel. I'm hemmed in Hope." Everything she writes and every speaking event traces back to that concept and the truths of Romans 15:13. She serves as a literary agent with Books & Such Literary Management, helping other writers not only develop their projects for publication, but develop their careers as writers. She lives in the heart of Wisconsin with her grade school sweetheart husband, not far from their three children and six grandchildren.
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Book Proposal Pitfalls
How can we make sure we're using the finest ingredients to create our proposal "culinary" delights? What can we do to eliminate common glitches as we prepare what we hope editors will see as a feast for the soul of readers and publishing decision-makers? This session is practical, visual, and infused with enough humor to make the mechanics of proposal preparation feel more like an exhilarating cooking contest than a chore.
A writer who understands good writing technique/craft, but also has invested time in studying how their project meets reader felt-needs and what other books have been written on the topic, who is already reaching and engaging with people (sometimes called platform or built-in audience) in a significant way, and who is teachable will make any editor or agent lean in and listen. Specifically, I'm looking for a fresh approach on timeless truths, compelling and biblically based nonfiction or fiction that addresses current reader needs in an evergreen way (it won't be outdated in a year or two), women's fiction, Christian Living, Spiritual Development, a few memoirs but they must have a clear reader takeaway, other categories of fiction but not fantasy. Children's books are a very hard sell right now, so I'd be hesitant to take on a children's author.
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