Writer David Dalka recently attended the 2013 American Library Association Conference, and he shared his thoughts about the event in a long essay.

You can read the whole essay below. Here’s the opening:

What unlikely series of events would cause a business strategy operations professional and future book author to attend a professional librarian convention to learn more about the marketing and sales process of books to librarians?

A few years ago I was a student in a fabulous Mediabistro Nonfiction Book Proposal class taught by literary agent Mollie Glick (the next class starts September 10th taught by Andrea Somberg). This course, which teaches the fundamentals of a great proposal, altered my life in ways I could never have initially imagined.

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