WHAT: Creating Winning Proposals
WHEN: Thursday, October 4 from 5:00-6:00 pm ET/2:00-3:00 pm PT
WHERE: Online via Zoom videoconferencing
COST: Free for ABPA members; $25 for nonmembers
RSVP: Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvc-quqDkjGNco6_I9EKacnJ4PPV2gLl_N

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What does success look like for book producers and their creative collaborators? Well, the good news is “success” can take many forms to secure a great publisher or client for your proposal. Whether you are a new book producer or a seasoned packager, a writer, editor, designer, or researcher, you will learn about crafting proposals that sell in a wide range of categories with varied project models.

Please join us on October 5th at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT for an exciting and diverse line-up of publisher proposals from fellow ABPA book producers. Get the inside scoop about Creating Winning Proposals from Erica Green of WonderLab; Terri Wright of Book Lotus Productions; Diane Lindsey Reeves of Bright Futures Press; Leslie Jonath of Connected Dots Media; Kristin Mehus-Roe of One + One Books; and moderator Jan Hartman, of Jan Hartman Books.

During this members-only session, we will unpack winning proposals for projects that include:

  • Big Science for Tiny Tots: Highchair Chemistry
    Children’s board book, trade, ages 0–3 
  • Who Makes My Favorite Stuff?
    Children’s illustrated nonfiction, subscription/trade, ages 5–8
  • The Directory of Illustration: Medical Illustration and Animation Sourcebook
    Adult illustrated nonfiction
  • Living with Dried Flowersby Hannah Muller
    Adult illustrated nonfiction, trade, lifestyle, Clarkson Potter 
  • Home + Garden: Houseplants for All
    Adult illustrated nonfiction, trade, HMH


About the Speakers

Diane Lindsey Reeves, Vice President of the ABPA Board, has spent many years and a lot of ink helping kids of all ages figure out what they want to be when they grow up. Reeves, as an author and producer, enjoys the challenge of finding creative ways to address the topic. Additional work centers on children’s nonfiction about a variety of topics, including lots of STEM.

Terri Wright is founder and creative director of Book Lotus Productions, LLC, and Treasurer of the ABPA Board. She has more than thirty years of experience in the publishing industry and has produced multiple award-winning publications for self-published authors, including the Benjamin Franklin Award for design, Eric Hoffer Award, NYC Big Book Awards, and International Photography Awards. She is also Production Director for Workbook Creative, producing high-quality illustration and photography advertising directories. Her career also includes design and production for larger publishing houses including the Smithsonian Institution, HarperCollins, Cengage Learning, Houghton Mifflin, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, University of California, Santa Barbara, and NOAA, among others.

Leslie Jonath is founder of Connected Dots Media, specializing in full-color illustrated books with expertise in cooking, art, design, gardening, lifestyle, and children’s media. With over 30 years of high-level experience, Leslie’s services include concept and editorial development, art direction, and design to finished books. She delights in working with publishers and corporate clients to create content-rich, visually stunning books.

Kristin Mehus-Roe is the co-creator of One + One Books, a book packaging company working with publishers, nonprofits, and other organizations. She is the former publisher of Girl Friday Books/Flashpoint books. A packager, publisher, editor, and writer with more than 20 years of experience in publishing, Kristin is drawn to complex projects – whether that means they are licensed, image-heavy, crash schedules, or all of those at once. She has worked with both large and small publishers, authors, organizations, and non-profits at all stages of the publishing process. She loves to help a client identify their goals and then bring those goals to fruition through a beautiful book. Kristin lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, two kids, two dogs, and a number of fish that will not die. She is a board member of the ABPA.

Jan Hartman, principal of Jan Hartman Books and an ABPA Board member, has been publishing book for more than 40 years, producing upwards of 300 books. As an editor, packager, project manager and writer, she enjoys developing innovative strategies for lifestyle, design, garden, craft, sustainability, and wellness project, while developing, editing, and project-managing books across a variety of categories. Working with authors, educational institutions, and corporate clients, Jan works with authors, artists, and designers to bring to life untapped and exciting projects.

Look forward to seeing you there!


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