Write your proposal in a similar style to your completed book. If the tone of your book is laid-back and easygoing, your proposal should be too. Edit, edit, edit, and proofread, proofread, proofread. Make sure you catch every error, and use the cleanest, whitest paper you have. Not only names should be listed here, but titles and why these are important endorsements. For example: Amy Poehler, founder of UCB, Parks and Recreation, SNL Book structure overview Here is where you list the format, eventual word count preferably within normal or appropriate range , page count, deadline by which a finished manuscript could be turned into the publisher, following a signed contract.
About the author s Can you guess what you do here? Write a little something about yourself! It can be as simple as one paragraph or a couple of pages. Sales history of previous books For authors with previously published books, this is a list of titles, along with publisher name and publication date. Below that should be the total sales numbers on the book, from publication-to-date. Does the idea spark enthusiasm not just in yourself but others in your field, friends, or prospective readers?
Are you willing to acquire any lacking skills, such as, writing style, specific terminology and knowledge on that field for this project? Will it fit into your career and life at the time or will you not have the time to engage in such extensive research? Essential elements of a book proposal Your book proposal should include the following elements: Your proposal requires the consideration of the timing and potential for sale as well as its potential for subsidiary rights.
It needs to include an outline of approximately one paragraph to one page of prose Larsen 6 as well as one sample chapter to showcase the style and quality of your writing. Your proposal must contain your credentials and expertise, preferably from previous publications on similar issues. A book proposal also provides you with the opportunity to include information such as a mission statement, a foreword by another authority, or special features—for instance, humor, anecdotes, illustrations, sidebars, etc.
This is the shocking and inspirational memoir of a boy who survived the Rwandan genocide. It then goes on to reel the reader in through a double-punch of drama and mystery. Then try to capture that effect to make the subject of your book sound new or intriguing in your Overview.
In the final paragraph or two, sum up the project and end with something that will stick with readers. A note about the significance and reach of your subject matter is usually a good fit. Target audience Read post Perhaps your book idea is brilliant. To paint a portrait of your target audience , think as a marketer might, instead. He could write decently. He felt that his material was incredibly important, and that sense of passion communicated itself freely and authentically in his writing.
There was a real dearth of books offering the slant and angle that he could bring to bear. All good, right? Green lights all the way. He wrote things like this: In I spent three months in the Himalayas investigating how young Tibetan monks and nuns were trained from the age of eight.
The purpose of their curriculum is … [then got into some detail on how those monks and nuns were trained. Because — wow! I want to know about that! Because the information is delivered in a way that drains all the exoticism, all the human interest, out of the anecdote. Just a piece of information offered without any human colour. Worse still, the proposed book was all about bringing higher human values into education.
This drily delivered, almost ignored anecdote could actually work as a touchstone for the entire book. A rose light is creeping up the flank of Mount Yabbedeedoodha across the valley.
Down in the still twilit valley, I can see water buffalo and yak drowsily munching. This is a time when all humans should still be in bed or, at best, brewing the first cup of coffee to get ready for the day ahead.
The youngest of them is only eight. The oldest is sixteen. Now, OK, deathless prose that is not. But You get the point. It places the author and the reader in some very special place. Located in a precise place and time. Why are we here? What are these child-monks about to teach this Westerner? If you can get your actual writing to strike the right seductive tone, you will succeed. And if not? Well, you will probably fail, because in the end readers will read your book for pleasure and interest.
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Fortunately, this format gives you a chance to get to know your book even better than you already do. Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard.
The youngest of them is only eight. He wept at the tomb of his friend, Lazarus.
The more precise your brushstrokes, the better. There, her feelings of isolation and hopelessness unleash into a selfish rage. Think about the back cover copy of a good book. All good, right?
If the book only comes out in one edition, the last two chunks will come as one.
When he was seven years old, Hyppolite lost eighty members of his extended family and witnessed the murder of his beloved father. For developmental editor Elizabeth Evans , that's exactly what makes the Overview so important: Write your Overview as though you're writing the copy of your book jacket.
Offer an overview of major recent titles plus, if you want some older classics — but publishers will certainly be focusing primarily on titles of the last years. Intended word count: Honestly? Publishers were already half sold, right there. When agents and editors and, ultimately, readers saw my book, they just wanted more of it. But so what?
By the age of thirty, he had graduated from university in Rwanda and worked as a journalist and radio presenter, a playwright, and a theatre director.
And if not? Weirdly, no one had ever really taken that question as the subject for a book like mine, and it was of obvious commercial potential. Intended word count: Honestly? In no case, had I written more than about 10, words of text prior to the sales process. Well, you will probably fail, because in the end readers will read your book for pleasure and interest.
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