How does an idea become a book?
One thing is certain: the idea has to be up to scratch, because it has to withstand a lot: Changes, doubts, criticism, stress, loss of motivation. Whether an idea becomes a book depends first and foremost on the idea itself. Is it good enough to keep us on our toes? Because the road to the book in our hands is long.
During the lecture From idea to the book, we would like to take you on a journey at high speed: On the journey from idea to book. We’ll talk about how to get started writing, what makes a good manuscript, the ways you can then publish it, and the pros and cons of each. We’ll talk about what pitches, synopses, and readings are and what’s involved. And you’ll notice that it doesn’t end there. External and internal “sprucing up” (also called cover design and editing) will come up, as well as the question of the right publishing time and route.
Mary Cronos and Jan Gießmann have different ways of planning and writing books, so they’ll be able to give you first-hand accounts of different paths. In addition, Mary herself is a hybrid author (agency and publisher, but also self-publishing and small publishing, digital and print) and can well present to you the various options available today, with their advantages and disadvantages.