How to Write a Book Proposal

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Writer's Digest Books, Mar 22, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 336 pages
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The Source for Book Proposals Success!

How to Write a Book Proposal is THE resource for getting your work published. This newly revised edition of the Writer's Digest Books classic outlines how to create an effective, nonfiction book proposal in a clear, step-by-step manner. You'll learn the keys to a successful book proposal and how to:

  • Test-market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposal
  • Choose the best agents and editors for a particular proposal
  • Create a professional-looking proposal package
  • Predispose publishers to make their best offer
Notes agent and author Michael Larsen also provides insider insights into the publishing industry as well as a plethora of newly updated information including:
  • Recent changes in the publishing industry
  • Updated trend information
  • New sample proposals
  • Expanded instructions for creating outlines
You'll also find complete guidelines to becoming an effective self-promoter. How to Write a Book Proposal is a must-have for every writer!


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User Review  - EowynA - LibraryThing

clear, comprehensive, concise. Good examples, explicit instructions. I haven't finished writing my proposal yet, but it is getting better and better as I apply each chapter's wisdom. Hope it works! Read full review

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User Review  - anndouglas - LibraryThing

The definitive guide to breaking into the adult non-fiction book publishing business. I must have sold 100 copies of this book as a result of all the times I've recommended it to budding authors. (I ... Read full review


Starting Your Overview Right
Your Books Market and Competition
Reaching Readers Your Platform and Promotion Plan
Adding Ammunition The Other Parts of Your Overview
Putting Meat on the Bones Your Outline and Sample Chapter
Ensuring Your Proposal is Ready to Submit
Finding a Happy Home for Your Book
Plotting Your Future

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About the author (2011)

Michael Larsen co-founded Michael Larsen-Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents, in 1972. He is a member of AAR. Mike is also the author of How to Get a Literary Agent, and with Jay Conrad Levinson and Rick Frishman, coauthor of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers.

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