Book Deal Camp

You want to write a book that changes people's lives.

 

You dream about getting a lucrative book deal with a publisher.

 

You don't know how to get a book deal, but you're willing to learn, roll up your sleeves, and put in the work.

 

You need: Book Deal Camp.

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What is Book Deal Camp? It's a joyful, inspiring program for people who want to write a book.

 

✨ Come up with a genius book idea

✨ Create a winning book proposal 

✨ Meet with a literary agent and pitch your idea

✨ Build confidence in your writing skills

✨ Achieve a lifelong goal

By the end of Book Deal Camp, what's the final result that you will have?

By the final day of Book Deal Camp, you will have:

  • A clear concept for your book with all the important details figured out: title, topic, message, audience, tone, point of view, and a list of what readers will find inside.

 

  • An excellent book proposal (10-30 page document) that's ready to share with literary agents and publishers. This proposal explains what your book is about, why you're the right person to write this particular book, a summary of everything you intend to cover inside, a promotional plan, and more.

 

  • A sample of your book manuscript (4,000 to 7,000 words) that's ready to share with literary agents and publishers, and an outline for the rest of your manuscript, too.

 

  • A meeting with an agent or publisher to pitch your book idea and invite them to say, "Yes!"

 

  • A thorough understanding of how the publishing industry works and what to expect as an author at each phase in the process.

 

  • Peace of mind, knowing that your proposal and sample materials have been reviewed (twice) by publishing industry experts, and these documents are as clear and strong as they can possibly be. 

 

  • Greater confidence in your writing abilities. "I believe I have something valuable to share." "I know my book will make a difference in someone's life." "I can do this."

Meet Your Book Deal Coaches

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Alexandra Franzen

Alexandra Franzen is a best-selling author, award-winning editor, and entrepreneur.

 

Alex has written seven books, including two novels. As an author, she has collaborated with top publishers including Potter Style (an imprint of Penguin Random House/Crown), Sourcebooks, and Mango Press. 

 

She has written articles for Time, Forbes, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, and Lifehacker. Her work has been mentioned in The New York Times Small Business Blog, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, BuzzFeed, Inc., and she has appeared on the Peabody Award-winning radio show, Marketplace.  

 

As a writing coach, Alex helps her clients get book deals and write powerful books that touch readers deeply. 

 

Client projects include Your Next Level Life by Karen Arrington (NAACP Image Award, Outstanding Instructional Literary Work), We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers (The Wall Street Journal bestseller, more than 100,000 copies sold), Say It Now by Sherry Richert Belul (Pinnacle Book Achievement Award), among many others.

 

When it comes to helping clients get a book deal, Alexandra has a (nearly) 100% success rate. She will teach you how to craft a strong book proposal that gets literary agents’ and publishers’ attention.

What's included in Book Deal Camp?

  • Education on the publishing industry. "What is a literary agent?" "What is the difference between a book proposal and book manuscript?" "What are the steps I need to take in order to get a book deal?" We explain everything you need to know.

  • Expert guidance to develop a strong, clear book concept. We work with you 1:1 to help you get crystal clear on your book concept and outline.

  • Book proposal template with fillable sections. This makes writing your proposal quick and painless. Just type into the template and fill in the blanks. 

  • 5 successful book proposal examples. Real-life proposals that led to book deals with publishers. Read these for inspiration.​

  • Coworking time to work on your book proposal and get it done.

  • Two rounds of review and feedback on your book proposal. Two publishing industry experts take a look at your proposal (first and second drafts) and offer comments on what to add, subtract, or edit to make it stronger.

 

  • Query letter template. You can reach out to literary agents with confidence, knowing exactly what to say.

 

  • Sample material review. We take a look at your sample materials (brief sample of your book manuscript, typically 4,000 to 7,000 words) and give feedback on how to make it stronger. 

  • Pitch meeting. We set up a 15-minute meeting with you and a literary agent or a publisher, depending on your book topic. This is your chance to pitch your book idea and build relationships with decision-makers; not to mention, possibly walk away with a book deal!

 

  • Accountability. A timeline with specific dates to get things done. 

 

  • Get It Done checklists for success. List of additional agents to contact. List of pitch conferences you can attend. And more steps you can take to bring your book into the world.

 

  • An environment that is encouraging, motivating, kind, and inclusive: all genders, all orientations, all faiths, all humans: welcome.

Lindsey Smith

Lindsey Smith is a best-selling and award-winning author, a literary agent, and founder of One Idea Press. 

 

Her most recent book, Eat Your Feelings, won the Silver Award at the Living Now Book Awards, sold more than 10,000 copies, was translated into 3 languages, and was released by Macmillian, one of the top 5 publishing houses in the world.

 

As a literary agent, her passion is securing book deals for under-represented voices including people of color, LGBTQIA+ authors, women, and other voices that have historically been shut out of the publishing industry. Most recently, she secured a book deal for Robert Turner for his book, Everyday Reparations. 

 

Lindsey has delivered a TEDx Talk and has given an official talk at Google. She’s been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and many other media outlets.  

 

As a publisher, a few of Lindsey’s favorite projects include The Zodiac Love Letters by Heidi Rose Robbins, Dear Strong Black Woman by Jennifer Sterling, and Queen of Stones, an oracle card deck created by Peachie Wimbush-Polk (who happens to be Wiz Khalifa’s mom!). 

 

When it comes to the publishing industry, Lindsey has worked in every single role: author, editor, agent, and publisher.

 

She understands both sides of the table—being an author and seeking a book deal, and being a publisher and deciding which authors to choose. She knows what publishers are looking for in 2022 and how to stand out and secure a deal.

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Book Deal Camp Schedule: 2023

Registration opens: July 20, 2022

Registration closes: January 10, 2023
 

15 spaces available.

 

Each client receives 1:1 attention from Alex and Lindsey, including private conversations via email and audio messages.
 

All meetings happen online.

 

Join us from anywhere in the world.

 

Attend each meeting while it’s happening live.

Or watch the recording later, whenever it’s convenient for your schedule.

Monday, January 30, 2023

First day of Book Deal Camp. 


Here we go! Check your inbox.

 

Important materials (including your book proposal template) emailed to you on this date.

 

Introduce yourself and share a little about the book that you intend to write. 
 

Meet on Zoom. Starts at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. 1 hour.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

First workshop: Get clear your book concept.

What type of book do you want to write? What is the message you want to impart to your reader? What's the voice and tone you want to bring into this book?

 

During this workshop, your project begins to shift from a vague idea into an actual book.

Meet on Zoom. Starts at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. 1 hour.

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2023
 

Second workshop: How to get a book deal. 

 

Get a solid education on how the publishing industry works. We explain the steps you need to take in order to secure a lucrative book deal. No more mystery. Crystal clear.
 

Meet on Zoom. Starts at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. 1 hour.

 

Thursday, February 2, 2023
 

Third workshop: Build your confidence as an author. 

 

"Thousands of other people have already written a book on my exact same topic. Who's going to want to read mine?" "I am not famous. Nobody knows I exist." "Other people have more expertise in this area than I do."

 

We address the top insecurities that authors experience and discuss how to gently work through each one.

Meet on Zoom. Starts at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. 1 hour.

 

Friday, February 3, 2023

 

Coworking time: Fill out your book proposal template.

Brief lesson on how to write a successful book proposal, followed by several hours of independent work time.

 

Fill out your book proposal template. Get things done.

Meet on Zoom. Starts at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. 4 hour and 30 minutes.

Friday, February 10, 2023
 

Submit your first draft for review.

 

Send your book proposal draft to Alex and Lindsey to provide suggestions on what to add, subtract, or edit to make it stronger.

 

Your draft will be 10-30 pages in length. It does not need to be perfect. Rough draft = great.

Friday, February 17, 2023

Receive feedback on the first draft of your book proposal.

 

Revise your proposal over the next week to incorporate suggestions.

 

Write your sample materials.
 

 

Friday, February 24, 2023
 

Submit your second draft for review and submit your sample materials.

Friday, March 3, 2023

Receive feedback on the second draft of your proposal and your sample materials.

 

Friday, March 10, 2023

 

Make final edits on your proposal and sample materials. Get things finished by this date. The goal is "clear and strong" not "perfect."

 

March 10 to 20, 2023

Magic moment: meet a literary agent or publisher! (Depending on your book topic.)

 

We set up a meeting for you. This is a 15-minute pitch meeting (1-on-1) where you introduce yourself, share your book proposal, and ask, “Does this project interest you?” 

 

The agent/publisher might say: “Yes!” “Possibly, but I have a few questions first,” “No, thanks,” or, “I know a different person who would love this project.”

 

No matter what they say—this meeting is a major step forward.

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023
 

Celebration! We honor and celebrate all of the work you've put in. Pages: written. Progress: made. 

 

If you have an agent or publisher by this point, hooray! If don’t have an agent or publisher (yet), we explain what to do next to keep moving towards your goal.

Meet on Zoom. Starts at 11 am Pacific / 2 pm Eastern. 1 hour.

Register for Book Deal Camp

 🎉 Hooray! 🎉

 

By registering for Book Deal Camp, you’re taking a huge step towards getting a literary agent, getting a book deal, and becoming a published author. 

 

📚 You can make the full payment today: $6,350 USD.

 

📚 Or sign up for a payment plan. We've partnered with Wizebank to bring you several options: 12-month, 6-month, or 3-month plan. No fees. No interest.

 

After making your payment, check your inbox for a confirmation email which will arrive within 24-48 hours. 

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A note from Alex and Lindsey

Dear future author,

 

Writing a book is a life-changing experience.

 

Becoming an author opens so many doors. It can lead to new clients, paid speaking engagements, media appearances, and much more. On top of that, it's so emotionally satisfying to hold the finished book in your hands! One of the best feelings in the world.

 

Between the two of us, we've written more than 13 books, and we've helped our clients write hundreds more. 

 

Why do we love books so much?

Because a book can change someone's life or even save a life. 

 

Your book might help someone get unstuck, achieve a goal, cry and heal, laugh out loud, or simply feel less alone in this chaotic world.

We hope you will join us for Book Deal Camp.

 

We help you create an exceptional book proposal and teach you exactly how to get a book deal.

 

We promise to keep the process uplifting and encouraging. We want you to feel inspired, excited, and confident throughout the process.

 

Our greatest hope is that Book Deal Camp shifts the way you feel about yourself. 

 

We want you to say to yourself:

 

“I am a real writer.”

 

“My ideas can make a difference in people’s lives.”

 

"Someone out there needs to hear my story."

 

"I can become a published author."

 

"This is completely doable.”

Frequently Asked Questions

You have another question that's not answered here? Please email: hello@youcangetitdone.com. Put "Book Deal Camp" in your subject line for a fast reply.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All payments are final. 

 

No refunds will be provided for any reason. 

 

Before making a payment, please do your due diligence. 

 

  • Check the program schedule to make sure the dates work for you.

 

  • Check your budget to make sure you can honor your payment commitment.

 

  • If you’ve never worked with Alexandra Franzen and Lindsey Smith before, take some time to familiarize yourself with their work. Both Alex and Lindsey have a large body of work and hundreds of free resources available on Alex’s website (www.alexandrafranzen.com), Lindsey’s website (www.thelindseysmith.com), and their company site (www.youcangetitdone.com). Take a look at their free articles, workbooks, checklists, and newsletters. Enjoy these resources, get to know Alex and Lindsey’s style, and make sure that these people feel like the right teachers for you. 

 

 

If you register for Book Deal Camp but then you are unable to complete the program due to illness, injury, or an emergency, then you can attend a future session when Book Deal Camp is offered again. 

 

You are welcome to transfer into a future session but no refund will be provided.

 

Thank you for understanding and thank you for respecting this policy.