Monday, April 11, 2016

Write-to-Publish Faculty Interview: Ginger Kolbaba, Elective Course Teacher & Parenting Acquisitions

Please share about the elective classes you are teaching:

Writing Book Proposals from a Marketing Perspective (Friday afternoon)

Sure you need to be a good writer with a great book idea, but editors look at something else when considering whether or not to publish your book: your ability to sell tons of copies of said book. This class will walk you through how to put together a great book proposal—with an eye toward spotlighting the marketing talents you bring to the project. 

Interviewing Techniques (Saturday afternoon)

What makes for a great interview? And how do you get the best information out of your interviewee--without resorting to Barbara Walters' famous "If you were a tree, what kind would you be?"? We’re going to talk about the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly nature of interviews, how to ask solid questions, why you need the fine art of discernment, how to connect with the interviewee so he or she trusts you, and anything else about interviews that you want or need to know!

Writing for Different Generations (Saturday afternoon)

All you have to do is turn on the TV and spy this year’s presidential election to see that the generations are different and that they respond to different messages. As a writer, you need to know what your message is, of course, but also how best to deliver it in a way that your audience can hear, understand, and embrace it. In this session we’ll break down the different generations (Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials) so we can understand who they are and what they believe so we can write to their needs. And hey, you may also figure out why your 20 something-year-old son won’t get a job and move out of your basement.

Are you having one-on-one appointments with conferees? 

I’m acquiring parenting articles for a large Christian publishing house. Topics focus on parenting tweens (8-12), teens (13-18), adopted children, and special needs children of all ages. So I’ll take appointments for those. But also, I’m happy to meet with anyone who wants to talk about writing, editing, the freelancing life, or if they want to see photos of my goofy dog!!

How can a writer best prepare for a conference?

Come prepared to celebrate with others, grieve with others, and vow not to compare yourself and where you are in your writing journey to others. Remember Ephesians 2:10: “[You] are God’s masterpiece. He has created [you] anew in Christ Jesus, so [you] can do the good things he planned for [YOU] long ago.”

Read more about Ginger Kolbaba.

Write-to-Publish meets June 8 – 11

in the Chicago area.

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