Oct 192010
 

The Shocking Real-Life “Write and Sell Your Book” Workshop

Sunday, December 12, 11-5  (2 SPOTS LEFT!)
Okay, you have a fantastic idea for a book — but do you know how to begin, finish, and sell it? Or let’s say you’ve already finished a manuscript, but now you’re at an impasse trying to get the attention of agents and publishers.

This is the workshop for you! Whether you’re at the idea stage or in the home stretch, this workshop will show you how to navigate the competitive world of book publishing and get your first project sold.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How marketable is your idea, and how to make it more so
  • How to pitch an agent for representation and write the perfect query
  • What publishers and agents are really looking for and what they hate
  • The 10 most common mistakes
  • How publishing houses and literary agencies benefit the  author
  • How to decipher the miasma of advances, royalties, subsidiary rights, foreign rights, and dramatic rights

Hollis will share her secrets to unclogging your creative arteries so you can tell the world what you’ve been telling your friends all this time; that your book idea is a slam dunk, and now it’s time to cash it in. She will offer her candid critiques, suggestions for selling your work, and answer all your questions about breaking into memoir writing.

Need convincing? Read about recent graduate (and book-deal recipient) Lisa Baron’s experience:

Shocking Real Life graduate Lisa Baron, an award-winning columnist and former aide to Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed, landed a book deal with Citadel for her memoir MY BURNING BUSH: HOW ONE WOMAN’S CAREER IN CHRISTIAN POLITICS WENT UP IN FLAMES. It’s a Chelsea Handler-meets-George Stephanopoulos exploration of the dismantling of the conservative movement — and why young (drinking, chain-smoking, and, well, you get it) political campaign staffers sometimes go rogue.

TWO QUESITONS with Lisa Baron:

1. How excited ARE you about your first book deal?
Lisa: The percentage of first time authors receiving book deals is very low. But I had two things working for me that I believe made the difference: determination and Hollis Gillespie’s kick ass work shop!

2. How did the Shocking Real Life “Secrets to Writing & Selling Your Book” Workshop help you?
Lisa: Hollis’ workshop confirmed that I had a sellable idea and that I was on the right track. The workshop gave me the confidence I needed to continue following my dream of becoming a published author. [Hollis] was key to helping me fine-tune my proposal and her personal involvement in my journey has been invaluable.

Need another example? Christal Presley, who is a past participant of both the Shocking Real-Life book-deal and blogging workshops, talks about how signing up for Hollis Gillespie’s workshops led to her becoming an instant media sensation and acquiring big-time NY literary agent Laurie Bernstein (who represents NYT bestsellers Catherine Coulter, Barbara Delinsky and Judith Michael, to name a few):

 


Here’s some more things you will learn:

  • Hollis Gillespie Charlotte Writing Class
  • How to pick an eye-grabbing title.
  • Which genre best suits your idea (Memoir? Novel? Self-help? Humor?)
  • When it’s permissible to embroider, improvise, and reorder real-life events.
  • Exactly how to format your pitch letter.
  • Exactly which agent to pitch (including contact info).
  • How and when to contact agents.
  • The difference between an illuminating essay and a journal entry.

And that’s not all, classes come with complimentary booze and fingerfood, as well as inappropriate conversation and other basic essentials for unleashing creativity and unlocking buried memories. Classes fill up quickly, so sign-up now!

Upcoming Class

 Sunday, December 12, 2010, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Cost: $175

Includes finger food, champagne, ping pong and inappropriate conversation. REGISTER NOW!

Class held in the Castleberry Point live/work loft complex! 313 Nelson St., Atlanta, GA 30313

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* Did we say it includes champagne, fingerfood and inappropriate conversation.
  1. Write a check for the cost of the class payable to “Hollis Gillespie” and mail to Hollis Gillespie, c/o of Shocking Real Life, P.O. Box 89083, Atlanta, GA 30312-0083.
  2. Send Hollis a note at shockingreallife@gmail.com. Include your name, email, which seminar you are signing up for, and the date the check was mailed.
  3. After Hollis receives your check, you will get a confirmation email notifying you that you are registered in the class.

CLASS Location is in the historic Castleberry Artist District at 313 Nelson St., Atlanta, GA 30313. The workshop space is a large live/work loft complex in Castleberry Point. There is ample street side parking as well as covered parking. CLICK HERE for directions from your location.

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Instructor Bio

Hollis Gillespie with Jay Leno

Hollis Gillespie with Jay Leno

Hollis Gillespie, a Writer’s Digest “Breakout Author of the Year,” is an award-winning, syndicated humor columnist, NPR commentator and author of “The Ugly American,” a travel column in Paste magazine. Her books are titled Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch; Tales from a Bad Neighborhood (ReganBooks, 2003), the film rights of which were bought by Paramount, Confessions of a Recovering Slut and Other Love Stories (ReganBooks, 2005), and Trailer Trashed; My Dubious Efforts Toward Upward Mobility (Skirt!/Globe Pequot, 2008). Her monthly humor column can be found in Atlanta magazine, recipient of the National Magazine Award two years in a row.

 

 

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Special Guest Appearance by Charles McNair, whose first novel, Land O’Goshen (St. Martin’s Press) received a Pulitzer Prize nomination for fiction and critical acclaim from the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, and other venerated publications.

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ANOTHER SUCCESS STORy

 

Shocking Real-Life Alumni, Rachael Brownell, Becomes Best-Seller!

 

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Rachael Brownell, author of Mommy Doesn’t Drink Here Anymore, became a best-selling author after taking this Shocking Real-Life “Develop and Sell Your Memoir” workshop. Her book, a series of funny and touching anecdotes about early motherhood and recovery, came out in August ’09 and she’s since been on the Today Show, Good Morning America and NPR. Visit her website and see for yourself. Brownell was also a contributor to a popular department of Blabber.com called Strollerderby, which served as a great platform for her book. (Click HERE to see how to make YOUR blog a platform for your upcoming book).

 Rachael Brownell’s testimonial:

“I wanted to THANK YOU, Hollis, for your workshop. It played a crucial role in being able to complete and submit a successful book proposal.”

 Sunday, December 12, 2010, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Cost: $175

Includes finger food, champagne, ping pong and inappropriate conversation. REGISTER NOW!

Class held in the Castleberry Point live/work loft complex at 313 Nelson St., Atlanta, GA 30313.

More Success Stories:

 

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SRL Alum Brenda Stockdale’s book, You Can Beat the Odds: Surprising Factors Behind Chronic Illness & Cancer–and the 6-Week Breakthrough Program for Optimal Immunity(Sentient Press, ‘09), debuted at the top of Amazon’s list of cancer-recovery books. Harvard scientist, best selling author Joan Borysenko wrote of Brenda’s book, “If you read only one health book this year, this should be the one.”

mustard seeds SRL alumn Lynn Coulter’s book Mustard Seeds: Thoughts on the Nature of God and Faith was released by B&H Books in September 2008. It earned a starred review from  Publisher’s Weekly and netted the author a second book deal.

FamilyCircleAugust09SRL alumn Susan Contreras, graduate of “Publish Your Personal Essay” says, “It’s one of the best things I ever did for my writing career! By the end of the class, Hollis had helped me take one of those crazy ideas in my head and turn it into a finished essay, ready to be emailed to an editor. Within two months, that essay led directly to two assignments from a senior editor at Family Circle magazine.”

manholes

Wendy Merrill’s juicy tell-all, Falling Into Manholes; the Memoir of a Bad/Good Girl was just published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons.

Amanda Lamb

Amanda Lamb

Amanda Lamb’s book, Smotherhood, Wickedly Funny Confessions from the Early Years, was released by Skirt!press in 2007. Congratulations, Amanda! Her book is a laugh-riot “momoir” told in a series of interconnected vignettes. Amanda’s second book, Deadly Dose, will be coming out this year from Berkeley.

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Dixie Feldman, just landed a book deal with HarperCollins to publish her manuscript The Lost Art of Being a Dame (working title).

rudy

Corinne Humphrey’s book The Tao of Rudy was recently published by Sage Press.

 

 

 

 

 

skirt

 

Rhiannon Bowman landed gigs as a regular writer for Skirt! magazine and Creative Loafing Charlotte.

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You can be the next Shocking Real-Lifer to get a book deal! Check out our class schedule and get working on your book today!

What past participants say about the Shocking Real-Life Writing Seminar

“I made contact (totally used your letter) with a friend’s agent at Writer’s House. It worked! Now he wants to see the proposal. They loved the idea of the 5 People You Meet in Heaven, but from a female perspective. Thanks again! The class was great.” — Stephanie Davis, Editor, skirt! Magazine

“Hollis, thanks for being in touch so quickly.  Your seminar rocked!! I want to be one of your successes.  I’ll start with [the agent you suggested] and if a rejection, will just keep going.  I did not even realize I was so on fire about getting this book out there, until I felt the full Hollis Effect!!” —  Susan Campbell

“Hollis Gillespie’s writing workshop was the best I’ve ever attended.  Hollis was extremely encouraging and helpful in both creative and procedural modes.  And the yellow theme with the mimosas worked at a deep level of community which added to the enjoyment of the whole experience.” — David Ryback

Hollis Gillespie Atlanta Writing Class“Hollis is a rule-breaker who will teach you things you won’t hear anywhere else.  If you don’t care about political correctness and want to learn a proven tactic to get an agent’s attention, Hollis can show you the way.” — Debbie Unterman

“Hollis and crew were positive and upbeat. ‘Can’t’ wasn’t spoken. The environment and food were ‘quirky and fun,’ one of the underlying themes of the workshop and Hollis’s principles: build a support system of writers, share your work and contacts, and hit the send, send, send button on your computer made sense. The agent list was an added bonus.” — Lynn Hesse

“The Hollis Gillespie workshop was money well spent and the day went by very quickly!  Hollis took time with each person to help them clarify details of the story that they’d like to tell, develop a creative title, found similar books to use as examples in a pitch letter and provided a list with a recommendation of an agent (or agents) to contact.  Hollis gave concise, realistic feedback to each person.  As an added bonus, Michael Alvear spoke and each offered excellent advice. I came home and began work immediately on my story! I’m impressed by Hollis and Michael’s philosophy of helping other writers.  Thank you for offering this wonderful seminar to AtlantaWriters Club members.” — Sharon LeMaster

“It was a great experience and nice to sit around a table with others who are dealing with the same obstacles I am.  I liked the advice given to ignore conventions and rules when querying agents and publishers which I will paraphrase: as long as it’s well written, go for it regardless of the ‘supposed’ hurdles or rules.  Receiving a rejection doesn’t necessarily mean you’re work isn’t any good or you didn’t follow the rules. I liked having published authors talk about their personal experiences and paths to success using somewhat unconventional means. I spent part of yesterday putting the advice in practice and sent out several queries with an entirely different attitude.” — Kathy Lewis

The Shocking Real-Life “Secrets to Writing & Selling Your Book” Seminar with Hollis Gillespie Sunday, December 12, 2010, 11:00am – 5:00pm


Cost: $175

Includes finger food, champagne, ping pong and inappropriate conversation. REGISTER NOW!

Class held in the Castleberry Point live/work loft complex! 313 Nelson St., Atlanta, GA 30313.

Questions? For more information contact Hollis.

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Poncey-Highlands area. Our Atlanta blogging seminar students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the ocassional escapee from the nearest black hole.

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To pay by check:

  1. Write a check for the cost of the class payable to “Hollis Gillespie” and mail to Hollis Gillespie, c/o of Shocking Real Life, P.O. Box 89083., Atlanta, GA 30312-0083.
  2. Send Hollis a note at shockingreallife@gmail.com. Include your name, email, which seminar you are signing up for, and the date the check was mailed.
  3. When Hollis receives your email, she will email you a preliminary confirmation. After Hollis receives your check, you will get a confirmation email notifying you that you are registered in the Atlanta blog course.. . . .

We’re located just north of Downtown Atlanta in the Poncey-Highlands area. Our Atlanta blogging seminar students come from Fulton, Dekalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett County. They come from midtown, Marietta, Norcross, Sandy Springs, near the perimeter, outside the perimeter, on Peachtree or north of metro Atlanta. That includes Suwanee, Lithonia, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Emory, Douglasville, Decatur, Chamblee, Conyers, Buford, Alpharetta, Saturn, Pluto, and the ocassional escapee from the nearest black hole.

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Refund policy: Enrollment is limited. If you need to cancel your registration for a class or seminar, please notify shockingreallife@gmail.com by email as soon as possible. Refunds, minus a $25 administration cost, will be remitted for cancellation notifications made up to two weeks in advance of elected seminar. For cancellations made up to one week in advance of the elected seminar, a credit, good for one year, will be issued towards a future Shocking Real-Life class or seminar of the same price. Any cancellation made within one week of the elected seminar results in forfeiture of the registration fee.

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