Book Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success

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W. Terry Whalin, 2005 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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This book reveals insider information to help you avoid the pitfalls of rejection in writing a book.
 

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Excellent resource in easy-to-read format

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When an Agency that I follow recommended this book, I picked it up, and I'm so glad I did. It was written in a simple, easy-to-read style that make getting through it a breeze, and short chapters that ... Read full review

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Very good book, filled with excellent insights and suggestions for improving your chances of being published. Mr. Whalin gets right to the point and is easy to read, and doesn't pussyfoot around with ... Read full review

Contents

IntroductionBegin at the Beginning
11
A Little Background Story
17
Why Publishers Prefer Nonfiction Proposals
21
How Do You Follow the Trends in Publishing?
39
Secret 1 Know the topic of your book
49
Know the audience for your book
55
Understand what each chapter will contain
59
Understand why you are the author
63
Maintain a log of your submissions
105
Build editor relationships
109
Delete any hype
115
Use a wellcrafted proposal to snag an agent
117
Proposal writing takes lots of work
121
Submit your proposal simultaneously
123
Get more proposals out the door
129
Always take the attitude of a learner
133

Know your competition
65
Cast a vision of your book
69
Create a dynamic marketing plan
75
Write a spellbinding sample chapter
81
Keep the title and format simple
85
Get high profile endorsements
91
Always include a SASE
95
Never trust the spellchecker
99
Never submit your first draft
101
Sample Book Proposal That Sold for a SixFigure Advance
138
Books for Writing Nonfiction Book Proposals
148
Nonfiction Book Proposal Checklist
151
Writing A Winning Book Proposal by Michael Hyatt
153
Strategies for a SixFigure Advance
175
Agent List
176
Website Shortcuts
177
12 Maxims for Any Writer
180
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

W. Terry Whalin is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. A former literary agent, Terry has published in over 50 magazines and written more than 60 books through traditional publishers. Several of Terry s books have sold over 100,000 copies. He is the creator of www.Right-Writing.com and www.TheWritingLife.ws. A popular speaker at conferences, Terry and his wife, Christine, live in Irvine, California.

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