Camp Proposal Bonus Interview Series:

Conversations with Writers Like You Who've Successfully Sold Their Books

It’s one thing to learn “the rules” for creating a great book proposal.

But wouldn’t it be great to SEE WHAT A SUCCESSFUL ONE LOOKS LIKE—not just from the greats, but from everyday, hardworking authors just like you?

Better yet, wouldn’t you like to FIND OUT HOW the author hit their marketing home run?

With the Camp Proposal’s BONUS “Secrets to their Success” Interview Series, you’ll meet Tia Levings, Catherine Baab-Muguira, and Denise Massar—three debut authors who’ve SUCCESSFULLY LANDED AGENTS AND PUBLISHERS based on their book proposals—learn what they did to make their projects so attractive, and benefit from the lessons they learned along the way; lessons that will MAKE YOUR REVISION. PROCESS EASIER and more efficient.

Here's a brief snippet about each author:

Tia Levings is a content strategist and social media sensation who shares the realities of Christian fundamentalism on social media (@tialevingswriter) and in the 2023 Amazon docuseries on the Institute of Basic Life Principles. She’s represented by The Bindery. Her memoir A Well-Trained Wife will be released in 2024 by St. Martin’s Press.

Catherine Baab-Muguira is the author of Poe for Your Problems: Uncommon Advice from History’s Least Likely Self-Help Guru. A marketing director by day, she majored in English at the University of South Carolina, and completed her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her freelance journalism has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Millions, NBC News, Lit Hub, Electric Lit, and many others.

Denise Massar is an author, a mom via birth and adoption, and an adoptee. She writes about parenting, relationships, racism, and anything else she can’t stop thinking about. A Washington State native, she earned her MA in creative writing from Central Washington University. Her essays have been published in Writer’s Digest, RAISE Magazine, TODAY Parenting, MUTHA Magazine, and she’s a frequent guest blogger for Jane Friedman. She is represented by Jacquie Flynn at Joelle Delbourgo Associates.

Here’s how this program works:

Every week during the month of July, 2023, you’ll receive an email with a link that week’s video.

Watch the video.

Take notes and complete the reflection questions using my Secrets to Their Success worksheets.

Use your reflections to revise the book proposal you created during Camp Proposal.

Each interview includes:

  • Key insights into what attracted each writer’s agent and publisher
  • Specific strategies they used to create the best business case for their book
  • Tips they learned about building an effective author platform
  • Helpful skills you can cultivate to understand your audience and reach them
  • Hard-earned wisdom they discovered through the writing, revising, and at times rewriting process
  • Resources they relied on while working on their project

Along with the video presentations, you’ll receive:

  • A written transcript for each session
  • A worksheet with reflection questions
  • Essential links each author wants you to have
  • Peeks inside their proposal so you can not just hear what they have to say, but SEE WHAT THEY DID

Your Instructor

Lisa Cooper Ellison
Lisa Cooper Ellison

Hi, I'm Lisa Cooper Ellison, a writer, speaker, and writing coach, with an Ed.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a background in mindfulness.

While I've spent the past twenty years helping students and writers transform their life stories into art, I'm also a writer who struggles with the same hangups and story problems every writer faces, from doubts about the quality of my work to what in the world I'm trying to say.

It was those humble writer struggles that inspired me to create this course.

I wanted to find a way to help writers systematically see their stories, identify their narrative arcs, and learn the skills that would help them finish their current book, MARKET IT well, AND write the next one.

I spent years studying the craft of writing so I could develop, test, and then teach specific strategies that would help writers truly understand their stories and how to talk about them. I've spent the past eight years refining these strategies so I can now teach them to you.

Students and clients of mine have been published in or have books forthcoming from St. Martins Press, Hatchett, Promethius Books, APA, and Nortons; they've also been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Brevity Literary Magazine, and HuffPost, among others.

But don't take my word for it. Check out what former students have to say:

“Lisa isn’t just a writing coach. She’s a book doula! ”

- Gretchen Pianka, Pediatrician, Founder of Resilience University

"Lisa Cooper Ellison‘s classes and webinars are outstandingly informative, packed with useful information and a wealth of resources."

- Dr. Heidi Kharbhih, Writer, Speaker, Intuitive Reader, Coach and Meditator

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Course Curriculum

  Thinking Strategically About Your Book with Catherine Baab-Muguira
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  How a Home-grown Author Platform Can Lead to a Publishing Home Run with Tia Levings
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  Finding Your Story and Telling it Well with Denise Massar
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The first video drops on 7/5/2023. You'll receive another one on the following Wednesdays, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26. But your access to them never ends! This is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within three days after the first video drops (7/5/2023) and we will give you a full refund.
Do I have to purchase Camp Proposal to buy this course?
Yes, this is an add on bonus ONLY AVAILABLE to those who purchase Camp Proposal.

Spending time with these authors is like sipping on a cup of inspiration.

Are you ready to soak up their secrets and use their wisdom to sell your book?

Get started now!