Kathy Bruins

Kathy Bruins helps writers and authors take the next step in their journey through consultation, teaching, coaching, and praying. Kathy has a freelance business and is the founder of The Well Ministries for Creatives, a nonprofit organization. Prayer is important to Kathy. She has led many organizations in corporate prayer. Kathy serves as President of Word Weavers, West Michigan. Her speaking topics include The Book Proposal Studio with Kim de Blecourt, Collaborating with Style, Mind Mapping Treasure Hunt, and other helpful writing workshops. She speaks at women’s retreats, churches, and human trafficking events. Kathy and Kim’s book is Book Proposal Secrets and includes access to a book proposal template. She lives in Southwest Michigan with her husband and enjoys workouts, classic movies, chocolate-covered popcorn, and puzzles (the tough ones).


Workshops Presented by Kathy and Kim:

Book Proposal Studio, Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-5:30PM.
Our pre-conference track, BOOK PROPOSAL STUDIO, is facilitated by published authors, Kathy Bruins and Kim de Blecourt. The studio is for writers in the process of preparing a book-length manuscript to present to agents or editors. Participants will work side by side with Kathy and Kim to begin preparation of a professional book proposal.

A book proposal has a specific format and must answer the questions on an editor’s mind. As an author, you must be able to answer questions such as the topic and message of your book, the take-away value, your target market, and more.

An editor wants to get right to the point. A well-written book proposal helps you to clarify your project in your own mind, so that you can clearly communicate your idea for publishing consideration. This will give you the confidence you need to show any agency or publisher you are a professional.

Attendees for this session should come with their manuscript and all the information needed to write the proposal. Attendees who register for the session will receive materials (via email) before the conference to help you pull together the necessary information for your proposal.

Make sure you register for the BOOK PROPOSAL STUDIO by sending an email to [email protected] Put "BOOK PROPOSAL STUDIO/Your Name" in the subject line. 

The Book Proposal Studio will be co-taught with Kim de Blecourt.

Create a One Sheet for Your Book Idea(s), Wednesday Evening from 8:00-9:00
A conference is the perfect setting to present your book idea to agents and acquiring editors. A one sheet is the perfect way to do that. Learn the information that should be included on a one sheet, discover format ideas, get creative in presenting your book idea, and more. A little pre-conference work will be necessary, however, after these two conference sessions, you will have a one sheet to share at this conference. Bring your laptop and homework, and be ready to create!