The Greatest Resource of My Career
Of any book I’ve read, How to Write a Book Proposal has had the greatest impact in helping me create my career as a book writing and book proposal coach. The book gave me the information I needed to make my clients successful and, in turn, experience my own success.
If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, I’m sure you’ve seen me write about–or heard me recommend–Michael Larsen‘s bestseller How to Write a Book Proposal. It’s the book that literary agent Rita Rosenkranz recommended to me way back when I was working on my first book proposal with my co-author, Peaco Todd. And the book that helped us land a book deal.
Since then, I’ve recommended How to Write a Book Proposal to all my clients who want to land a traditional publisher and a book deal. I’ve seen the book through four of its five editions and it keeps getting better.
What’s New in the 5th Edition of How to Write a Book Proposal?
This year’s edition is particularly exciting because my colleague, literary agent Jody Rein, joined Mike in revising the book significantly to address massive changes in the publishing landscape, including the many opportunities now available to authors to develop a tribe and reach readers.
Mike and Jody have completely restructured the book to provide a streamlined, logical, step-by-step approach.
They have also added new subject-specific proposal instructions for thirteen different types of books, from memoir to business books to cookbooks. In the past couple of years, two of my clients wrote books on diets with recipes–a new genre for me! Fortunately a colleague from Harvard Medical School’s CME publishing course gave me valuable advice on the idiosyncracies of this type of book and both proposals led to publishing deals. But how can newbies find such info? Look no further than How to Write a Book Proposal: 5th Edition .
As a professional in the field, I found new information and ideas which I plan to implement in guiding clients and editing their proposals.
Other exciting additions to How to Write a Book Proposal include:
- Customized instructions in every chapter for prose-driven books and platform-driven books
- New material based on interviews with scores of current publishing professionals
- Examples from more than 30 big-ticket proposals, most of which are only in this edition
- Advice for:
- Writing and selling proposals in the digital age (things aren’t the same!)
- Selling your self-published book with a proposal
- Turning your proposal into a business plan for your self-published book
- Adding eye-catching “pizzazz” to your proposal
- Top Ten Proposal Killers
- Voice in proposals
- New proposal structures for narrative nonfiction and memoir
- How to set up your office for success
- A new proposal-writing order to enhance your productivity
Wow. Are you as excited as I am? There’s more to be excited about. I just discovered the book is on sale for $8 with free shipping at Writer’s Digest. I just ordered 11 copies for gifts! If you read this after the price goes up, you can still get a 30% discount December 13-14 with this code: SEASON30 and 20% off until the end of the year with this code: BOOKP20 .
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