Workshops

Book Proposal Boot Camp
The path to getting your book published begins with a good proposal. You may have a completed dissertation, a few rough book chapters, or even journal articles you’d like to transform into a coherent book project—but where do you start? Join Badia Ahad-Legardy, PhD for a workshop in which you will translate your research projects for a broader market, learn how to “sell” your book to academic presses, and have a completed book proposal ready to send to your preferred presses.Part I- Writing the Project Description (aka “the heart and soul of the proposal”)Part II- Developing Your Chapter Outlines: How to Shape Your “Story”

Part III- Know Your Market and Craft Your Market Analysis: How to Make Your Book “Sellable”

Part IV: Proposing Your Proposal: Choosing the Right Press and Getting Your Proposal into the Hands of an Editor

BPBC can happen in one of two ways: on campus workshops for big groups; and the customized small group workshop.

I. On Campus Workshop

During this four-hour workshop, you will work through your written draft of the proposal step-by-step: we will discuss translating your research projects for a broader market, “selling” your book to academic presses, determining the target market for your manuscript and, at the end of our session, you will have a completed book proposal to send to your preferred presses.

Workshop Includes

  • On-site peer review
  • Group accountability
  • In-depth guidance and instruction for how to approach each stage of the publishing process–from proposal to marketing

This three-hour workshop is ideal for

  • administrators who want to support a large number of scholars at once
  • scholars in ANY discipline who wants to pursue an academic book project and who has a conceptual idea of the completed project.

To schedule an on-campus workshop with Badia Ahad-Legardy, Ph.D.: badia@savantacademic.com

II. Small Group Workshop

This three-week workshop will teach you to translate your research projects for a broader market, learn how to “sell” your book to academic presses, and have a completed book proposal ready to send to your preferred presses. As part of this workshop, you will:

  • Receive individualized attention–the workshop is limited to 8 participants.
  • Have your proposal peer-reviewed during the workshop
  • Have your proposal professionally edited at the conclusion of the workshop
  • Develop an individual “publication plan” as part of one-on-one follow-up consultation

As a bonus, we will also have a live Q&A with the Editor-in-Chief of an esteemed university press where you can ask any questions on you have relative to academic publishing.

Cost: $490

Dates: Spring/Summer 2015

January 9, 16 and 23 – 3:00-4:15 p.m. CST

May 13, 20 and 27-12:00-1:15 p.m. CST

July 23, July 30 and August 6- 12:00-1:15 p.m. CST



We are now offering an audio version of the workshop — “Writing A Winning Book Proposal in Three Weeks”- $229 (Note: after making your payment you will need to click on “Return to Savant Academic Consultants” in order to download your files.)


Getting the Job You Want: Perfecting Your CV and Cover Letter

When applying for an academic job, there are no documents more important than the cover letter and curriculum vitae. Time and again, applications are passed over due to spelling errors, excessive jargon, vague prose, and improper formatting. In this workshop, you will learn how to effectively convey the significance of your scholarly work, your strengths as a teacher, and your value as a future colleague.

This two-hour workshop includes

  • A 30-minute individual post-workshop consultation
  • Professional editing of your CV and cover letter
  • Invaluable information about the job search process

Cost: $325

Summer/Fall 2015 Dates (The workshop is one session)

Session I: August 11, 2015 at 12:00-1:30 p.m. CST

Session II: September 18, 2015 at 4-5:30 p.m. CST

*“Getting the Job You Want” is also available as an on-campus workshop

New Workshop! Authentic Academic Writing: How to Write Like a Scholar and Still Make Sense

As academics we often find ourselves grappling with new, innovative and complex ideas. However, communicating those ideas in elegant and accessible prose proves challenging. As a result, academic writing is often charged with being virtually hieroglyphic. This three-week workshop will offer practical strategies for becoming a better academic writer by learning how to find and honor your writerly “voice,” translating your complex scholarly ideas into clear and approachable prose, and acquiring the skills necessary to write with competence and confidence.

Authentic Academic Writing is a “hands-on” workshop–participants will have an opportunity to begin a new project or revise parts of an existing document.

Cost: $490

Small Group Workshop date:

June 5, 12, 19 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. CST

Authentic Academic Writing is available as an on-campus or small group workshop.