Five Secrets of Winning Book Proposals

Written by Melissa A. Rosati

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Whatrepparttar publisher is really thinking:

The book cannot be all things to all people. Do you demonstrate focus? Are you confident about whorepparttar 105770 customer is andrepparttar 105771 primary (most appropriate) category whererepparttar 105772 book should be placed inrepparttar 105773 bookstore? Do you provide three distinct benefits that relate torepparttar 105774 book’s core premise?

Question #3: List competing books that you are aware of on this topic and explain how your book differs.

Whatrepparttar 105775 publisher is really thinking:

How do you demonstrate that your premise is solid in relation to existing books? Willrepparttar 105776 publisher’s sales representatives understand where your book fits among five other books inrepparttar 105777 same category? Do you contradict whatrepparttar 105778 book is or is not elsewhere inrepparttar 105779 proposal?

Question #4: What are your expectations forrepparttar 105780 project?

Whatrepparttar 105781 publisher is really thinking:

Do you sound like you expect to make a million dollars and plan to retire on your royalty earnings? Is your goal to raiserepparttar 105782 level of topic discussion and to advance your profile as a thought leader? How realistic are you aboutrepparttar 105783 work involved to writerepparttar 105784 book from start to finish?

Question #5: Describe your qualifications for writing this book and include your latest curriculum vitae or other relevant factors.

Whatrepparttar 105785 publisher is really thinking:

Several proposals are discussed during a publisher’s editorial board meeting. Why say ‘yes’ to yours? What is your media platform? How are you going to be an asset in marketing and promotingrepparttar 105786 book? What’s your track record?

If you are now thinking about you book concept as a business plan, bravo! This isrepparttar 105787 foundation for a solid beginning; and, I encourage you to continue forward. High-quality books written by people who are committed to excellence (in any sphere of living) are in short supply. Adoptrepparttar 105788 publisher’s perspective—how will it sell and to whom—and you will not only become a published author. You will make a difference inrepparttar 105789 world.

Melissa Rosati is a co-active coach, whose clients are writers, authors and creative artists. Register for a complimentary subscription to her newsletter, The Essential Publisher at

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Battle of the Titans - Encarta vs. the Britannica

Written by Sam Vaknin

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The Encarta incorporates numerous third-party texts and visuals (including dozens of Discovery Channel videos, hundreds of newspaper articles, and a plethora of Scientific American features). The Encarta's multimedia offerings are also impressive with thousands of video and audio clips, maps, tables, and animations. The Britannica provides considerably more text - though it has noticeably enhanced it non-textual content overrepparttar year (the 1994-7 editions had nothing or very little but text).

Both reference products would do well to integrate with new desktop search tools from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others. A seamless experience is inrepparttar 105769 cards. Users must and will be able to ferret content from all over - their desktop, their encyclopedias, andrepparttar 105770 Web - using a single, intuitive interface.

The new Encarta Search Bar, which was integrated intorepparttar 105771 product this past year, enables users to search any part ofrepparttar 105772 Encarta application (encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, etc) without havingrepparttar 105773 application open. Definitely a step inrepparttar 105774 right direction.

Having used both products extensively inrepparttar 105775 last few months, I found myself entertaining some minor gripes:

The Encarta offers 3-D tours which gobble up computer resources and are essentially non-interactive a limited. Is it worthrepparttar 105776 investment andrepparttar 105777 risk torepparttar 105778 stability and performance ofrepparttar 105779 user's computer?

The editorial process is not transparent. It is not clear how both products cope with contemporary and recent developments, minority-sensitive issues, and controversial topics (such as abortion and gay rights).

The Encarta tries to cater torepparttar 105780 needs of challenged users, such asrepparttar 105781 visually-impaired - but is still far from doing a good job of it. The Britannica doesn't even bother.

The atlas, dictionary, and thesaurus incorporated in both products are surprisingly outdated. Why not use a more current - and dynamically updated - offering? What about dictionaries for specialty terms (medical or computer glossaries, for instance)? The Encarta's New English Dictionary dropped a glossary of computer terms it used to include back in 2001. All'srepparttar 105782 pity.

Both encyclopedias consume (not to say) hog computer resource far in excess ofrepparttar 105783 official specifications. This makes them less suitable for installation on older PCs and on many laptops. Despiterepparttar 105784 hype, relatively few users possess DVD drives (but those who do find, in both products,repparttar 105785 entire encyclopedia available on one DVD).

But that's it. Don't think twice. Run torepparttar 105786 closest retail outlet (or surfrepparttar 105787 relevant Web sites) and purchase both products now. Combined, these reference suites offerrepparttar 105788 best value for money around and significantly enhance you access to knowledge and wisdom accumulated over centuries all overrepparttar 105789 world.

Sam Vaknin ( ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He is the the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

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