The Author Winthin You!

Written by Leanda Wood

I always had an active imagination when I was young. I hated school, and would passrepparttar time away day- dreaming about things I should not even have known about at such a young age. I used to make up stories in my head, that would always have me asrepparttar 105771 centre of attention, like collecting an Oscar for a Hollywood film that I had starred in, or recovering from a major operation or accident. I think I was like this because I was a shy kid who lacked a lot of confidence. It was no different when I started work. Those long boring days stuck in an office with bitchy overweight girls with no meaning to their life apart from bingo on a Friday night and watching Eastenders with their doubly overweight boyfriends. I always dreamed about writing a book or acting. When I realised that I was far to old to be dreaming such girly things such as acting, I decided that I would become famous for my imagination instead. I decided to write a book. I thought about it long and hard. What do I write about? What era will it be set in? What will berepparttar 105772 background basis forrepparttar 105773 book? Who would want to read a book fromrepparttar 105774 likes of a person like me? I always liked reading aboutrepparttar 105775 Second World War. I had a morbid fascination surroundingrepparttar 105776 rise of Hitler andrepparttar 105777 Holocaust. Don’t

Five Secrets of Winning Book Proposals

Written by Melissa A. Rosati

Five Secrets of Winning Book Proposals

Working inrepparttar publishing industry comes with a high expectation, especially from complete strangers. Afterrepparttar 105770 causal ‘hello’ progresses to ‘what do you do,’ and my answer is ‘I am a publisher,’repparttar 105771 words, like fairy dust, work magic; and inrepparttar 105772 eyes of my conversation partner, I’m transformed into a glamorous Advice Goddess—would I mind reading this stranger’s book proposal?

Cornered in frozen foods atrepparttar 105773 grocery, black-tie events or atrepparttar 105774 bus stop, I’ve been ‘pitched’ as we say inrepparttar 105775 business, with such book proposals as: A Cat’s Tale of Christmas; Old Testament Aphrodisiacs; Break Out (after being committed to a mental institution by jealous relatives,repparttar 105776 story of one man’s quest for revenge); and Suck it and See: A Guide to Tropical Fruits.

Admittedly, I chose to share with yourepparttar 105777 more colorful examples. My point being thatrepparttar 105778 purpose of a proposal pitch is not to motivaterepparttar 105779 publisher to loverepparttar 105780 idea as much as you do. That’srepparttar 105781 misconception. The publisher is listening for signals that you understandrepparttar 105782 process of transforming a book concept into a business plan. It’s not just about your passion forrepparttar 105783 topic: it’s how well you filter your passion throughrepparttar 105784 publisher’s prism of marketing and distribution. That’srepparttar 105785 difference between a contract and a polite rejection letter.

Let’s take a look at five typical questions that an agent or a publisher will ask in their submission guidelines.

Question #1: Please providerepparttar 105786 title that best captures and conveysrepparttar 105787 essence of your book and briefly explain why you chose it.

Whatrepparttar 105788 publisher is really thinking:

Willrepparttar 105789 book buyer for Barnes & Noble recognizerepparttar 105790 section to shelverepparttar 105791 book by its title alone? Isrepparttar 105792 title’s message succinct and snappy sorepparttar 105793 publisher’s sales representative will remember it easily? How doesrepparttar 105794 rest of proposal support whatrepparttar 105795 title says?

Question #2: Briefly describerepparttar 105796 primary audience for your book and how they will benefit from reading it.

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