Michelle McLean (elknutswife on QT) has signed with agent Krista Goering of The Krista Goering Literary Agency LLC.
For non-fiction, having a platform that will help you sell your book is huge, so do what you can to build one. But don’t let not having one stop you from writing if you truly believe in your idea. You do have to have authority on the topic, but if your idea is good enough, the book will sell itself. But you’ve got to be willing to do what you can, both before and after you find your agent, to market your own book and help build that platform. This is something I struggled with because my platform isn’t very strong at the moment. I have the degrees but not the professional background that most agents and publishers look for. Being a stay-at-home mom, my professional background isn’t going to get any better in the next few years. But I knew I had a good idea and I do have the educational and personal experience to back up what I write, so I went ahead and queried.
According to the United States Census, there are over 71 million grade school and college students in this county. Each one of these students will be required to take several language arts classes over the course of their educational career. During these courses, students are expected to complete various writing assignments, which include essays of all types, research papers, and the writing of poetry. Yet for many, these assignments are overwhelming and confusing. These assignments prove especially challenging for the four to six percent of students who have learning disabilities.
While there are many textbooks and guidebooks designed to help students and other writers with these types of assignments, the books available generally focus on only one type of writing style (either essays, papers, or poetry - not all of the above) or are so in-depth and complex the average student or writer has a hard time understanding exactly what they need to do.
My proposed book, FROM PAPERS TO POETRY: A HANDBOOK FOR WRITING EVERYTHING FROM ANALYTICAL ESSAYS TO THE VILLANELLE, solves this problem by giving students and writers a fun, user-friendly narrative guide that walks the reader through every step of the most common types of essays, papers, and poetic forms. Unlike the other books out there, my book is both easy enough for junior high school students and those with learning disabilities to understand while still being thorough enough to help college students and freelance writers.
In addition to my personal experience of helping acquaintances both with and without learning disabilities through these types of writing assignments, I hold a BS in History and a MA in English. Over the long course of my education, I honed my writing skills, with exceptional results, and obtained my Master’s with a GPA of 3.96. My publications currently include several essays that appear in various Chicken Soup for the Soul books. I also maintain a blog, Michelle McLean’s Writer Ramblings, where I share my knowledge with aspiring writers and students.
I am committed to building my internet presence and educational networking so that I may help market this book to the best of my ability. I have my blog and website in place where I can promote the book, I will continue to submit other material for various publications, and will promote the book in any publications in which I appear.
If you are interested, I would be happy to send you my completed proposal and sample chapters. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time and consideration.