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I was a professional Chef for almost thirty years. Thanks.
I am interested in writing a "cookbook""training manual" and general kitchen stories of a real working kitchen. Facts, dreams, reality, honesty, drama, timelines. the sort of book that an aspiring culinary professional would be interested in, but also the homecook as well.

I do not having any English comp background, so it would be extremely unprofessional to the eye of an editor or publisher.

But I do need to know how to get my book, synopsis, idea, into the right hands.

Any help would definitely be appreciated and encouraged.

Keli Ange
Chef Keli

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Dear Chef Keli:

First, you really must NOT try to pitch a book or synopsis that is extremely unprofessional.  Write the book, or at least some sample chapters, and get them professionally edited so they look impressive.

Second, it's my opinion, you should be looking for an agent.  You can Google, Yahoo or MSN on literary agents and find plenty of sites that will lead you to possiblities.  You need to pick only the ones that would handle cookbooks/memoirs.  Then you need to read their submission guidelines on line or get them however the agent suggests.  You simply must follow the guideline rules for each agent to give out the best first impression.  

There are also many books out there that list agents by the kinds of books they want to handle.  You can check your local library or go to the reference section of any of the major on line or local bookstores.

Good luck!  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me again!  Let me know how you make out!

Liz Aleshire
Private Lives of Ministers' Wives, available through Amazon
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Expertise

What is a book proposal and why do I need one? Do I need a book proposal for both nonfiction and fiction books? How do I write a book proposal? What are the required components of a book proposal? What is an overview? What is a synopsis? How do I find out what other books are available on my topic so I can make my book different? How do I pitch to an agent/publisher? What's a query letter? What's a 30-second commercial?

Experience

I am the author of four nonfiction books: Private Lives of Ministers' Wives (with Rev. Sherry Taylor,New Horizon Press, New Jersey, 1991)and currently working on a second edition; Bugs: Stingers, Suckers, Sweeties, Swingers (a FRanklin Watts Frist Book, Chicago, 1993); The Confident Collector Identification and Price Guid to Quilts (with Kathleen Barach, Avon Books, NY, 1992); and, Official Price Guide to Quilts 2nd edition(with Kathleen Barach, Random House, NY, 2003.) I've taught How to Write the Book Proposal for the past ten years at the week long International Women's Writing Guild annual summer conference, and, at the Manchester Community College Continuing Education program. I've taught in many local continuing education programs in central Connecticut. Five authors have sold books using my methods for writing the book proposal. I have spoken at the Big Apple Conference, an IWWG event held in NYC; both Connecticut chapters of the Romance Writer's of America other writing conferences

Organizations
Internation Women's Writing Guild, past associate member American Society of Journalists and Authors

Publications
Books for New Horizon Press. NJ; Franklin Watts (Now Scolastic)Danbury, CT; Avon Books, NYC; and, Random House, NYC

Education/Credentials
B.A in Economics from the University of Connecticut

Past/Present clients
Carren Strock, author Married Women Who Love Women; Doris Larson, travel writer, Ohio; MaryLou Streznewsi author Gifted Grownups.

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