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Fine-tuning your book idea, book proposals, and understanding your reader with Lindsey Smith.


Welcome to episode 186 of the Food Blogger Pro podcast! This week on the podcast, Alexa interviews Lindsey Smith, aka. The Food Mood Girl, about the traditional publishing process.

How to Become a Published Author

You have an awesome book idea, but you have no idea what to do with it. If this sounds like you, then this episode is for you!

Lindsey Smith is a publishing pro; she has gone through the self-publishing process in addition to working with a traditional publishing house. This episode, however, is focused on the latter–getting an agent, going through a publisher, and writing a book proposal. She also talks about how she started her own press and developed a conference for aspiring authors.

The publishing process may seem a bit daunting, but you’ll learn a ton of helpful tips in this interview like how to set your pitch apart, how your pitches will change based on the type of book you’re writing, and how you can fine-tune your book idea and proposal. Enjoy!

In this episode, Lindsey shares:
  • How she started publishing her content
  • What a press is
  • The differences between an agent and a publisher
  • How a nonfiction pitch differs from a fiction pitch
  • How to set your pitch apart from others
  • How she fine-tuned her book idea
  • What you can do once you have a book idea
  • Important parts of a book proposal
  • Why it’s important to understand that you’re ahead of your reader
  • How having a brand can help with the traditional publishing process


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