Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 Proposals That Sold And Why

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Wiley, Mar 26, 1993 - Reference - 192 pages
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Got a great idea for a nonfiction book but you’re not sure how to sell it? Well here’s an opportunity to learn how from two of the hottest young literary agents in America… Publishing wunderkind Jeff Herman started his million-dollar literary agency when he was just 26 years old. Deborah Adams is one of the most sought after "proposal doctors" in the business. Now they’ve teamed up to offer aspiring as well as established writers the ultimate guide to writing book proposals that sell. But they’re not asking you to take their word for it—they let you see for yourself what really works and what doesn’t. They take you step-by-step through 10 proposals that actually sold to major American publishers. And along the way, they explain:
  • How to position your book so it stands out from the competition
  • What editors are looking for
  • How to write an effective sample chapter, author biography, and cover and query letters
  • How fiction differs from nonfiction—with a chapter on how to sell your fiction
  • And much more
"A submission from Jeff Herman always gets moved to the top…his new book will show you how to move to the top." —Frederic W. Hills Vice President, Simon & Schuster "This book will take writers to the highest level of proposal writing and success." —Roger Cooper Publisher, Berkley Publishing "If you want your proposal to ignite a busy editor’s interest, read this book." —Adrienne Hickey Senior Acquisitions Editor, Amacom Books "Herman and Adams show you how to objection-proof your proposal…Belongs on the shelf of every author whose rejection slips outnumber paychecks." —Rick Horgan Executive Editor, Harper Collins

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JEFF HERMAN is President of his own very successful literary agency and has been profiled in Success, Entrepreneur, and Publishers Weekly. His other book for writers is The Insider’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents. DEBORAH M. ADAMS is an attorney, a literary agent, and a proficient "proposal doctor."

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