PUB 499
FRIDAY – July 18, 2016
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Room 3000
Max. 24 participants
$225 CDN (includes course materials)

Join proposal expert Jill Lambert for an intensive one-day workshop on organizing, researching and writing a successful book proposal. Learn the value of a good proposal (hint: sky’s the limit) and figure out how to make your proposal stand out from all the others. Learn the industry standards; practice your pitch; get some feedback.

The workshop will be useful for people with any or all of the following:

  • an idea for a book that you want to turn into something more concrete
  • a project that you’ve been working on for a while that still hasn’t come together
  • a draft manuscript that you want to submit to publishers
  • a draft proposal that you want to edit and refine

This intensive one-day workshop will give you:

  • a clear understanding of the components of a successful book proposal
  • insider knowledge about how the proposal is used by agents, editors, and other members of the publishing team
  • first-hand advice from a range of prominent agents and acquisition editors
  • a comprehensive outline and a step-by-step process that you can follow to complete a polished, effective proposal for your project
  • the chance to present your book idea and get constructive, positive feedback in a supportive environment
  • the opportunity to build your own expertise, hear other book pitches, and learn to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses


Jill Lambert is a writer and editor and an expert in proposals. She has worked in-house as an acquisitions editor at Doubleday and HarperCollins

  • sold international publishing, film and other subsidiary rights
  • managed contracts and business affairs at HarperCollins Canada
  • worked closely with authors, agents, and publishing colleagues
  • sold publishing rights at Frankfurt Book Fair, and directly to publishers in New York, London, Australia and in translation across multiple markets
  • become an author herself, as co-author and author of five non-fiction books
  • researched and wrote A Good Catch, an award-winning fish cookbook with a focus on sustainability, in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation, featuring recipes from chefs across Canada, published in 2008 by Greystone Books
  • researched and wrote O Siyam, a catalogue of the art produced for the 2010 Olympic venues by Aboriginal artists across Canada

Jill’s fundraising work is focused on researching and writing proposals and case for support materials designed to generate multi-million-dollar donations for universities and organizations across Canada. She spent five years in the development office at the University of British Columbia. Jill is now an Account Director at Give Canada Fundraising Corporation.