The Business of Being an Author: 10 Secrets of Success With Award-Winning Writer Jennifer Margulis, March 1

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers Presents:

The Business of Being an Author:  10 Secrets of Successful Writers (The Good, The Bad, The
Uncomfortable) With Award-Winning Writer Jennifer Margulis — Saturday, March 1

  • Jennifer McrpHow to build your platform
  • How to get an agent (yes, you really need one)
  • Why you need an editor
  • How to get a book deal
  • How to sell your work to magazines, newspapers, & websites

Morning Presentation: Saturday, March 1, 10 am to 12 pm
Afternoon Workshop: How to Write a Book Proposal, 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Bring your ideas, outlines, and roughed out proposals.  This is a hands on workshop. Margulis  has not only successfully sold her book proposals to Seal Press, Willow Creek Press, and Scribner, she has also helped clients garner 6 and even 7-figure advances for non-fiction ideas.  Please also bring a rough draft of a query letter for agents/publishers to accompany your proposal and the first two pages of a sample chapter, if you have them.  Together we’ll learn:

The 7 sections every book proposal must contain:

  • How to make your biography sing (the About the Author section of your proposal)
  • How to do a market analysis to best position your book
  • How to start — or continue — building your platform
  • What constitutes a “sample” chapter

Important: This workshop gives you an invaluable head start as you prepare to shop to agents and publishers at our annual Willamette Writers Conference from August 1-3rd, 2014. 

WHERE: Central Pt. City Hall Council Chambers
140 S. 3rd St., Central Point, Oregon

WHEN: Saturday, March 1 (Morning session: 10 to 12, 9:30 for networking, Afternoon workshop: 1:30 to 4:30

HOW: Cost: Morning: Members – Free, $10 Visitors, Afternoon: $30 members, $35 Visitors ($40 am & pm)

PREGISTRATION REQUESTED: Pre-register for afternoon workshop at More info:

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. She is the author/editor of five books, including The Business of Baby (Scribner), a finalist for a Books For a Better Life Award. She has taught literature in inner-city Atlanta, appeared live on prime-time TV in France; and worked on a child survival campaign in West Africa. Known for her lively, interactive, and engaging style, Margulis is a sought-after speaker. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and four children.


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