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How to Write a Book Proposal Effectively


									If you're interested in knowing how to write a book proposal for a book-
length work of nonfiction, you don't have to create the full manuscript
before you make the sale; certainly, most professional authors, and many
beginners as well, use the proposal to close the deal.Writing a proposal
is often the most enjoyable component to penning a book because at this
stage, everything is open to change and you need to use your full
creativeness to shape and organize the book however you wish. You will
find, however, some things a proposal must consists of-and that job is to
sell your concept first to a literary agent after which to an acquiring
editor. The fundamental elements of a book proposal include the following
sections:o Overview
o     Marketing
o     Promotion
o     Competing Books
o     About the Author
o     List of Chapters
o     Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries
o     Sample ChaptersYour overview starts the book proposal by presenting
us to your subject matter in a appealing way, making us desire to read
more. The marketing section describes who you believe will want to buy
your book. The promotion section summarizes how you can help a publisher
promote the title. The competing books section provides additional books
on your subject and quickly makes clear why yours will be better, newer,
or very salable regardless of comparable books available. The about the
author section explains, in more depth than your query letter, why you
are the best person on the planet to write this book. The list of
chapters is really a table of contents for the book, and it is followed
by the chapter-by-chapter summaries in which you summarize each chapter
so that an editor can get a better feel for how your book covers the
material. Finally the sample chapters illustrate your ability to write,
and so they give an editor a sample of your style.When you complete your
book proposal you will be beaming. Now you are ready to market that
proposal for an advance which could range anywhere from around $10,000
to... well, the sky's the limit nowadays - depending on just how good
your idea is, a six-figure advance for a first book isn't out of the

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