What participants are saying about the Shortcut
"I signed up for the Shortcut during a semester's teaching-leave where I knew I would have a dedicated amount of time to devote to my book proposal. The Shortcut helped me structure my time, meet small goals at my own pace, and think long-term about the book proposal but also my larger goals in writing a book. I highly recommend to any scholar preparing a book proposal who is looking for some guided structure at their own pace."
--Assistant Professor, Canada
"Following Laura's advice and drawing on the examples provided in the Shortcut, I sent an inquiry to an editor at my top choice press and got a very friendly reply the next day encouraging me to submit a proposal and a sample chapter. So I feel that I've already got my money's worth! I'll continue to refer to the materials in the Shortcut as I move ahead with this project."
--Professor, North Carolina
"What attracted me to the Book Proposal Shortcut is the flexibility, the sense of structure and overview that it provides and step by step approach. This makes writing a book proposal manageable and also less daunting and anxiety-inducing. I feel like I can tackle the writing process much better than if I were to write the proposal without the course. This is my first time writing a book proposal so I'm grateful for the detailed guide and support that you provide along the way. I know I can do the course in my own time and in bits and chunks as suits my schedule. Also, the timeframe for the course is extremely generous. I don't have to rush to complete it and can take my time to learn an extra thing or two. In short, I'm excited about the course as it suits my needs and provides the kind of support that I actually need."
"As a first-time-author and the first one at my small academic unit trying to publish her PhD thesis internationally (because the topic is for an international audience), I was trying to guide this new territory. After months of doing research on it every now and then, it felt as if every piece of new information did not quite fit the ones I already had. I felt lost, while, at the same time, I heard the clock ticking for getting my idea out there to avoid the book being outdated or the interest in it vanishing. I purchased the Book Proposal Shortcut to guide me through the process in an active and streamlined way – and that’s exactly what it did. It is a no-nonsense programme that’s helping you to identify exactly what you have to do, it also helps you to understand why you have to do what you have to do, and that is super valuable to me as it creates lasting knowledge and true understanding. The module structure makes this a truly actionable programme to develop your proposal as you go through it and also to check back on certain aspects when you’re finalising and adapting it. Also, the programme does not forget to appreciate the worries of authors and includes much-needed short pep talks as a nice add-on. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to use their limited time in an effective way!"
--Teaching and Research Associate, Austria
"I found the Book Proposal Shortcut incredibly easy to use and very motivating. I appreciated how easy it was to just tackle a few segments at a time, which makes it perfect even for brief windows in between classes for example. Also, I loved all the short prompts in there; I had never thought of how to describe my project in a one-liner, and the pointers for doing so were very generative."