The Everything Guide to Writing a Book Proposal: Insider Advice on How to Get Your Work Published by Meg Schneider and Barbara Doyen. Whether you’re writing self-help, memoir, or the Great American novel, you’ll need a professionally prepared book proposal to sell it. This book takes you behind the closed doors of the publishing world, revealing the tried-and-true tips, techniques, and shortcuts that can help you get published sooner rather than later.
Top Ten Things You Should Know about Book Publishing
- Agents and editors are always looking for great new talent.
- Nonfiction is easier for new authors to break into than fiction.
- New fiction authors should write at least two novels in the same genre to build a readership base.
- You don’t always need an agent.
- A good agent is your guide through the publishing process as well as your business partner.
- Rejections are business decisions, not an indictment of you or your work.
- Agents and editors don’t have time to deal with amateurs.
- Six-figure advances are the exception, not the rule, especially for first-time authors.
- From the author’s perspective, nothing in publishing ever happens quickly.
- No matter how many setbacks you encounter, the only person who can tell you you’re not a good writer is you.
The Everything Get Published Book, 2nd Edition: All You Need to Know to Become a Successful Author by Meg Schneider and Barbara Doyen. Compared to an insider’s publishing course in a book, this book covers everything you need to know to get your idea into print, covering all kinds of markets.
Top Ten Things You Should Know About Getting Published
- Writers today have more opportunities than ever before to get published in traditional and virtual media, and more opportunity means more demand for good writers.
- The difference between a rejection and a contract often lies in the quality of your market research, not necessarily in the quality of your writing.
- The maxims “Think like an editor” and “Write to the market” are code for putting the reader first.
- The fierce competition in publishing is really an opportunity to learn and motivation to improve.
- Submission guidelines are your friends; your work stands the best chance of getting noticed when you follow them.
- Constructive criticism should be cherished. It can make you a more effective writer and increase your chances of getting published.
- In traditional book publishing, look for a good agent before you try to approach editors on your own.
- Building solid, respectful working relationships with editors will help your career more than writing the perfect query will.
- A healthy skepticism is your best protection against scams and the unscrupulous.
- Getting published is the gravy. The real joy is in the writing, and no one can ever deny you that.
Dear Ms. Doyen & Ms. Schneider,
Thank you both for the wonderful advice contained in your
“Everything” book on proposal writing. In my world, there are precious few
people with whom I can discuss my writing, and your book filled the need nicely. It’s been a constant
source of inspiration and encouragement throughout my (rather tedious)
proposal-dev process. Readers like me are still out there (here?), still
reading your work and still moved by it. I appreciate the great info!