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How did you figure out how to turn that 1, word piece into a whole book? Everything from the original essay stayed in the proposal. But I had to convince publishers that there was more to it—that was my main goal.

All my energy went into the overview, where I described how I would expand the column. I basically blocked out the main points I had covered in the column, then detailed ways I could expand them through additional stories, additional samples or to get into a lot more subtlety. I also knew if I was going to write a book on this, I would want to give a little bit of history as to where modern animal training comes from, and give a more big-picture, philosophical take on it.

What ended up happening with Viking? They made an offer, and then we were allowed to go get another offer and we got a better one. We went back to Viking, and they passed at that point. So we went with Random House, which had made a preemptive offer. Spinning in the background the whole time was the movie deal. In some ways it helped sell the book. In other ways it kind of eclipsed the book; I ended up doing interviews on the column with just a mention of the book.

Tips on turning a successful column into a book proposal: 1. Sign up to get our best career advice and job search tips. Thank you for signing up Share link:. Shame on you; here you go. All three of these columns are by women, although two columns by men are close behind. All five columns center on the amount of sex the authors are having.

The three women discuss having less sex than what they take to be the societal norm. But when we started reading columns from the male writers that used mostly male pronouns, most of them were not about romantic love; many of them were about fathers. Strikingly, women mention their daughters twice as often as they mention their sons, while men mention their sons twice as often as they mention their daughters.

As essays progress, they become more emotionally intense, using more sad language as measured by LIWC scores , a standard approach. The author, Allison Amend, goes to a funeral, gets dumped by her boyfriend, and gets diagnosed with ovarian failure—all in one day.

Second place goes to a woman whose honeymoon in Paris is almost ruined by her anxiety. But some sad stories use no sad language at all. Cindy indeed mentions that she toyed with stand-up comedy during her divorce. Our algorithm could have laughed along with her whole set without picking up on any underlying hurt.

To be fair, many people we know are similarly incoherent when talking about love.