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Competing Books. About the Author. List of Chapters. Chapter-by-Chapter Summary. Sample Chapters. SAMPLE NEW BOOK PROPOSAL. Below is a sample of. Here is a basic template for a book proposal, which many of our clients have used successfully. You are also welcome to listen to free audio recordings of Ted's. Most non-fiction is sold via a book proposal - a structured outline of the book you Includes plenty of examples and a book proposal template you can follow.
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Preface Chapter one. When things fall apart: Laying the Groundwork Chapter two. Clearly, publishers make their money by acquiring books with commercial potential, so it makes sense to pitch them with interesting ideas. But will your idea make any money for the publisher? Maybe, maybe not. There are dozens of dud proposals for every one good one, so any publisher will want to know:. So they will also want to know:.
Those questions have to be answered by the proposal you offer to the publisher or normally, in the first instance to a literary agent. In effect, your proposal will simply go through these questions one at a time and answer them in a way that will give the strongest possible reassurance to the people holding the checkbook. Well, several reasons, really.
That gives you some wiggle room. And third, you may be stronger in some areas and weaker in others. A good letter will run to no more than two pages. You have a little more room. I had an interesting theme.
I could write well. When agents and editors and, ultimately, readers saw my book, they just wanted more of it. Great writing plus a great idea will work fine every time. No one ever asked me for a resume at any point. In that case, just say so. To take the example of my This Little Britain , I wrote a book about British exceptionalism in all its forms. The central question was, effectively: Weirdly, no one had ever really taken that question as the subject for a book like mine, and it was of obvious commercial potential.
A crucial part of the pitch for the book involved simply explaining what my idea was and pointing out that no one else had done it. Publishers were already half sold, right there. Yes, there were lots of history-of-Britain books — and those were the comparable titles I identified. But there was nothing taking my exact angle. And my angle was a good one. So the proposal sols, and sold very well. What was it? They liked the idea and we agreed a deal.
I wrote the book in the two months it took them to generate a contract, and handed the book over almost literally as soon as the ink was dry. In any case, the point here from your point of view is that you have to bring something new to the market you are writing for. It is the newness and urgency of that idea which will go a long way to determine whether your proposal succeeds in generating offers or not. But we do also need to give publishers a really good taste of the work itself, which means you will also need to supply:.
But you will also, mostly, need to include sample chapters from the book itself, to give the agent and publisher an idea of whether you can actually write. Can you write engagingly for a broad audience?
Or do you have the capacity to turn fascinating ideas into a dry-as-dust ocean of boringness? For subject-led non-fiction, the chapters can be non-contiguous. You need to give a detailed synopsis of the complete book. And that will probably mean that you need to write the whole damn book, that a proposal will simply not be enough. Though you can always get a proposal over to an agent.
At the very least, a good proposal will start a very useful conversation with an interested agent. OK, so much for the narrative-type work.
What about the more subject-led non-fiction? And the good news here is that you may be able to get away with relatively little. But still. As well as sample chapters and a detailed outline, I strongly favour including the introduction that you intend to appear in the final finished book. That intro should act as a kind of manifesto for the book. The manifesto is partly a communication of facts.
For example: You are seeking to entice the reader into seeing the world your way. Communicate that passion to the reader, and you are onto a winner. This entire post was in fact prompted by a sample book proposal I saw recently. The writer was a proper expert in his field. He was passionate about his knowledge.
He could write decently. He felt that his material was incredibly important, and that sense of passion communicated itself freely and authentically in his writing.
There was a real dearth of books offering the slant and angle that he could bring to bear. In I spent three months in the Himalayas investigating how young Tibetan monks and nuns were trained from the age of eight.
The purpose of their curriculum is … [then got into some detail on how those monks and nuns were trained. Because — wow! I want to know about that! Because the information is delivered in a way that drains all the exoticism, all the human interest, out of the anecdote.
Just a piece of information offered without any human colour. Worse still, the proposed book was all about bringing higher human values into education. This drily delivered, almost ignored anecdote could actually work as a touchstone for the entire book. A rose light is creeping up the flank of Mount Yabbedeedoodha across the valley.
Down in the still twilit valley, I can see water buffalo and yak drowsily munching. This is a time when all humans should still be in bed or, at best, brewing the first cup of coffee to get ready for the day ahead. The youngest of them is only eight.
The oldest is sixteen. It places the author and the reader in some very special place. Located in a precise place and time.
Why are we here? What are these child-monks about to teach this Westerner? If you can get your actual writing to strike the right seductive tone, you will succeed. And if not? Well, you will probably fail, because in the end readers will read your book for pleasure and interest. You need to deliver those things, or die. Get one of our professional editors to review your book proposal and give you detailed advice on what to fix and how to fix it.
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