Publishing Week

November 4-8, 2024


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Is there a message God has given you to share with the world through a book?

If so, we are excited to share that for the first time ever, COMPEL members will be able to pitch a book idea to a publisher or an agent during our inaugural Publishing Week, November 4-8, 2024.

We’ve invited acquisition editors and agents from the top publishers and literary agencies across the country to join us in offering virtual, 15-minute meetings where you can pitch your book idea to someone who can make your publishing dreams a reality. 

It’s important you know that pitching a book idea involves more than just sharing your great idea. Publishers are looking for authors who know the industry, have done their research, and are ready for this step in their writing career.

To help you prepare for this amazing opportunity, we’re offering a free informational webinar! Learn about what this webinar will teach you below.



In today’s publishing world, there are many expectations of authors, and we want to help you decide if you are ready to pitch your book.

That’s why we are offering a free live webinar titled “Are You Ready To Pitch a Book Idea?” The webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and will be conducted by Glynnis Whitwer, Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Executive Director of Ministry Content. Glynnis has overseen the publishing appointments at our annual She Speaks Conference for 20 years and has helped many authors prepare for their appointments.

During this webinar, Glynnis will explain how the appointment process will work and how to know if you are ready. She’ll also explain what a book proposal and a one-sheet are. As a bonus, she’ll take questions live after the teaching, and the COMPEL Leadership Team will be in the chat box during the webinar to help answer your questions in real time. 

There is no cost for the webinar, but we do ask you to register using the link below. If you are unable to attend live, we’ll send a replay to those who registered.


Who is eligible to participate in the 2024 Publishing Week?

All active COMPEL members who joined COMPEL Training prior to July 20, 2024. Due to publishing restrictions, this opportunity is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

What do I need to know to participate?

We want to ensure members understand what will be expected from participants of this writing challenge. This information includes:

• Knowing what a platform is and working toward growing your audience.

• Sharing your message and ideas with your audience.

• Having a solid book idea with an impactful message to share.

• Understanding what a book proposal is and feeling ready to write it.

• Recognizing that it can take more than two years from the time you pitch your idea to the time the book is in your hands, and you’re willing to put in the time and effort!

How do I sign up to participate?

If you are ready to take this next step based on the criteria above, congratulations! When the time comes, we’ll ask you to sign up for an interest list according to the timeline below. An invitation to join the interest list will be emailed to all members. Once the interest list closes, we’ll assess our available appointments and, through a random process, select COMPEL members who will get an appointment. Those who are put on a waiting list will be notified as well.

What types of book ideas will publishers and agents be interested in hearing about?

Until we determine exactly which publishing houses and agents will be participating in Publishing Week, we are unable to answer this question. Once this has been determined, members who are assigned an appointment will be given access to a list of the publishing guests and what types of books they publish and are interested in hearing pitches about from COMPEL members. COMPEL members assigned an appointment will make their decisions on who to meet with based on the information they provide.

What are my chances of receiving a Publishing Week appointment?

Because this is our first year offering these appointments through COMPEL Training, we are learning. Until we compile a list of all of our publishing guests and find out how many appointments they will grant to COMPEL, we will not know how many appointments will be available to assign to members. We also have no way of knowing if we’ll have 50 interested authors, 500 interested authors or 1,000 interested authors. It is our hope that everyone interested in meeting with a publisher or an agent will have the opportunity to do so! But we ask for your grace, patience and understanding in advance as we work through this process.

How do I know if I’m ready for a publishing appointment?

We want to help all members know whether they are ready to pitch their book idea and sign up on the interest list! That is why we are offering the free webinar titled “Are You Ready To Pitch a Book Idea?” taking place on Tuesday, June 18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Click on the Register Here button above to sign up for the webinar.

Important Dates:

June 10, 2024:

All active members will receive a kickoff email and invitation to the webinar.


June 18, 2024:

“Are You Ready To Pitch a Book Idea?” — live webinar with Glynnis Whitwer.


June 19, 2024:

Interest list opens for those ready to meet with a publisher.

July 5, 2024:

Interest list closes.

August 13, 2024:

Publishing guests announced to those on the interest list.


August 26, 2024:

Email goes out to members who have been assigned an appointment.

Email goes out to members who have been put on the waitlist.

Publishing guest selection form opens (for those who have an appointment).

September 6, 2024:

Publishing guest selection form closes.

October 7-11, 2024:

Appointment days and times are announced via email to those who completed the publishing guest selection form, providing instructions for uploading book proposals and one-sheets along with a Zoom link for your appointment.


October 18, 2024:

Deadline to upload and submit book proposals and one-sheets (for those who have an appointment).

November 4-8, 2024:

Publishing Week 15-minute virtual appointments take place via Zoom.

June 10, 2024:

All active members will receive a kickoff email and invitation to the webinar.


June 18, 2024:

“Are You Ready To Pitch a Book Idea?” — live webinar with Glynnis Whitwer.


June 19, 2024:

Interest list opens for those ready to meet with a publisher.


July 5, 2024:

Interest list closes.


August 13, 2024:

Publishing guests announced to those on the interest list.


August 26, 2024:

Email goes out to members who have been assigned an appointment.

Email goes out to members who have been put on the waitlist.

Publishing guest selection form opens (for those who have an appointment).


September 6, 2024:

Publishing guest selection form closes.


October 7-11, 2024:

Appointment days and times are announced via email to those who completed the publishing guest selection form, providing instructions for uploading book proposals and one-sheets along with a Zoom link for your appointment.


October 18, 2024:

Deadline to upload and submit book proposals and one-sheets (for those who have an appointment).


November 4-8, 2024:

Publishing Week 15-minute virtual appointments take place via Zoom.

FAQ

Can I pitch a co-authored book?

Yes, you are welcome to pitch a co-authored book, and the two of you can be on the Zoom call with the publishing guest.

What if the co-author isn’t a COMPEL member?

You are still welcome to pitch your book idea, as long as one of you is an active COMPEL member at the time of Publishing Week.

Does my book need to be completely written by Publishing Week?

If you are writing a nonfiction book, then no; it doesn’t need to be completely written. Typically book proposals require three chapters — generally the introduction and two of your best chapters. Fiction books will need to be completely written.

Is this opportunity only for nonfiction writers?

While most of our publishing guests are looking for nonfiction books, there may be some agents looking for fiction books.

If I receive a book contract as a result of Publishing Week, will someone at Proverbs 31 Ministries or COMPEL Training write an endorsement for my book?

While we will celebrate your success, unfortunately we won’t be able to offer an endorsement.

If I receive a book contract as a result of Publishing Week, will COMPEL Training help me promote my book once it releases?

We are thrilled to give you the opportunity to pitch your book idea to people in the publishing industry who can make dreams come true! However, due to the number of books potentially being published, it would be difficult for us to help with promotions.

If I self-publish my book, can I pitch the same book idea to a publisher or an agent for consideration for publishing by a traditional publisher?

Yes, you can. But you still need to complete a book proposal and one-sheet.

If I self-published my book, should I reference that in my book proposal?

We can’t give you a firm answer on that, because it depends on a few conditions, like how long ago you self-published and how many copies you have sold. If you published your book 10 years ago and have only sold 50 copies, then you probably don’t want to include that information. But if you published one year ago and have sold 1,000 copies, then yes! That shows a publisher there is a demand for your book.

Do I need to have my book proposal, sample chapters and one-sheet edited by a professional editor?

You don’t need a professional editor, but you’ll want to make sure it’s as grammatically correct as possible.

Why are only residents of the U.S. and Canada eligible to participate in Publishing Week?

Unfortunately, this decision is out of our control and is dictated by the publishing houses based on their ability to market the books they publish. Since their marketing presence and relationships with vendors and bookstores are in the U.S. and Canada only, it would be a disadvantage to a non-U.S. author and the publisher if they are unable to sell the books due to a lack of marketing opportunities. They also have to consider the costs of international shipping. This stipulation is to protect not only the publisher but also the author’s writing career.