New Year, New Book Proposal: Publishing Industry Experts Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick Return to Hotel 1000

New workshop in “The Business of Books” series provides aspiring authors with tools to create a successful book proposal in 30 days

SEATTLE (December 6, 2011) – Hotel 1000, downtown Seattle’s premier luxury hotel, partners with successful local authors and former publishing executives Kerry Colburn and Jennifer Worick to offer the next installment in “The Business of Books with Jen & Kerry” series of workshops for aspiring authors. In their new series, 30 Days to a Winning Book Proposal, Colburn and Worick will illuminate each step of the book proposal process, providing writers with an infallible 30-day plan. Weekly talks will cover a different aspect of the proposal development process, detail how to write various components and provide next steps to moving the proposal forward.

“We will provide our students with not only the information and inspiration they need – but also the motivation to get the job done in 30 days,” said Jennifer Worick, noting that it’s a great way to kick off a new year’s resolution. “We are committed to arming our students with the strategies they need to succeed in today’s quickly changing publishing market.”

Each workshop will take place in Hotel 1000′s intimate Corner Room setting and feature a presentation hosted by Colburn and Worick on a specific topic relating to the book business. Bringing 40 years of experience and 40 published books between the two of them, Colburn and Worick created this lively series of talks to offer insight, inspiration and tools for navigating the world of publishing.

In addition, the 30 Days to a Winning Book Proposal series will include Colburn and Worick’s first edition of the Publishing Toolkit. This is a hands-on resource filled with step-by-step advice, helpful exercises, worksheets and sample proposals.

30-Day Workshop Schedule:

  • Week 1: Wednesday, February 1; 7-9 p.m.
    Join Colburn and Worick as they discuss how to “Research and Refine Your Idea.” This week will focus on how to find an idea and then grow it into a viable nonfiction or fiction book proposal. Attendees will learn how to research the marketplace and competition, brainstorm book formats and develop a publisher or agent wish list.
  • Week 2: Wednesday, February 8, 7-9 p.m.
    Colburn and Worick will discuss “Sell Your Book – and Yourself.” This week will focus on creating an author platform and marketing plan that demands attention from publishers. Attendees will learn how to uncover their strengths, while brainstorming a robust and creative marketing strategy.
  • Week 3: Wednesday, February 15; 7-9 p.m.
    Colburn and Worick will discuss how to “Craft Compelling Copy.” This week will focus on crafting compelling text to reel in editors and agents. Attendees will learn how to create a strong introduction pitch unforgettable title, thorough outline, and select the best possible sample text.
  • Week 4: Wednesday, February 22; 7-9 p.m.
    In the final installment, Colburn and Worick will discuss how to successfully “Submit Your Proposal.” Attendees will learn how to create a submission list and query letter; hear publishing options including e-books and self-publishing; gain insight about royalties and contracts, and fine-tune their final proposal.

“The Business of Books with Jen & Kerry” four-week workshop is $299 (including the Publishing Toolkit). To register, please visit Brown Paper Tickets at (Tickets to single talks are also available for $79, but do not include the Toolkit.) For additional information, please visit

About Kerry Colburn
Kerry Colburn is a Seattle-based author, editor, columnist, cocktail drinker, and mom of two young girls. Former executive editor at Chronicle Books, she now happily writes books from her (often chaotic) home or a variety of coffee shops in her neighborhood. She is the author of many nonfiction titles including How to Have Your Second Child First, Good Drinks for Bad Days and So You Want to Be Canadian? Her latest book is Mama’s Big Book of Little Lifesavers: 398 Ways to Save Your Time, Money, and Sanity.

About Jennifer Worick
Jennifer Worick is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Dating & Sex. In addition, she has co-authored or written more than 25 hilarious and helpful books, including her newest titles, Beyond the Family Tree: A 21st Century Guide to Exploring Your Roots & Creating Connections and Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit. Formerly the editorial director at Running Press, she has written and reviewed countless book proposals and shepherded many successful titles to market.

About Hotel 1000
Hotel 1000, open in downtown Seattle since June 26, 2006, features 120 luxury guest rooms, BOKA RESTAURANT + BAR, Spaahh and The Golf Club.  At Hotel 1000, genuine, caring, personalized service enabled by leading-edge technology and intimate yet spectacular accommodations redefines the luxury experience.  Hotel 1000 offers unexpected pleasures, distinctive amenities, anticipative service and a customized experience tailored to any occasion.  Located at 1000 First Ave. at the corner of Madison Street, Hotel 1000 is steps away from the waterfront along Elliott Bay, and conveniently centered between Pike Place Market, Seattle Art Museum, the business district and lively and historic Pioneer Square. For more information, please visit

About Benchmark Hospitality International
Benchmark Hospitality International is a leader in the management and marketing of resorts, conference centers, hotels, and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels℠. The independent company, launched in 1980, is a worldwide organization operating properties in major metropolitan and resort destinations.  Benchmark’s international headquarters is located in The Woodlands, Texas, near Houston. Benchmark Hospitality is also a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centers. The company’s eastern regional office is in New Jersey, western regional office is in Washington, with international offices in Tokyo, Japan, and Santiago, Chile. For the location of Benchmark’s properties and additional information, visit


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