You’ve slaved over your manuscript, and you finally think it’s there and ready to be published. Unless you are self-publishing, you must find an editor who loves your work and has faith in its success in order to keep moving forward with the project. So, what’s the next step? The Book Proposal.
I stumbled across an excellent article on The Behler Blog that goes over the 13 basic steps to creating a winning book proposal. I am going to excerpt these important aspects of the book proposal for you here:
- COVER SHEET (title and subtitle of book; genre, word count, author’s name, address, phone, fax, email)
- CONCEPT STATEMENT (optional—briefly state the target audience, why they need this book, why your book is unique or timely, why you are an authority on the topic, and what your book offers that other books don’t).
- OVERVIEW (how you came to write the book—weave in attention-getting facts; this must be the most compelling part of your proposal!)
- PURPOSE OF THE BOOK (what will your book do? what need will it fill? how will it benefit readers?)
- THE MARKET/AUDIENCE (who will buy your book? why do they want or need it? give statistics)
- COMPETITIVE BOOKS (what else exists? where is it shelved? how is your book new and better? how does your book differ from all other books on this topic?)
- MARKETING OF THE BOOK (bookstores, book clubs, Internet, clubs, associations; if applicable—these are sales outside of a bookstore environment such as retail store chains, specialty stores, catalogs)
- PROMOTION & PUBLICITY (list newspapers, magazines, TV & radio stations that the publisher should contact)
- AUTHOR’S PROMOTIONAL CONTRIBUTION (list everything you’ll do to make the book successful; be sure to include all of your ideas for author appearances and events)
- COMPLETION OF THE BOOK (state that “x” months from date of contract you will deliver the manuscript—usually a 9-12 month period is allowed)
- SEQUELS (optional—list 1-3 other projects that interest you and that have a large audience)
- ABOUT THE AUTHOR (your background and experience; why you are the best person to write the book)
- THREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS (your first three chapters)
If you are struggling with getting your book together, send us an email and we can discuss how Holiday Princess Publishing can help you. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 714-528-1258. We can make it happen!!
A page from ON WRITING A BOOK
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Judith Goffin, author
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Here I am with Colonel Mark Ripley of the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion – Los Angeles. Photos from the quarterly meeting held at the Hollywood Woman’s Club. This was my first time meeting the new Battalion Commander. More than 60 people attended the community planning meeting.
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June 21, 2016
It is a beautiful summer day-
The birds are awakening,
calling to one another…
come out and play.
It reminds me of summers
long ago with the children
playing in the sprinklers—
dousing each other with the hose,
giggling as they played.
I sit calmly in the garden,
breathing the pungent air of
orange and lemon blossoms—
with a hint of mint and jasmine—
Reminds me of the perfect
cup of tea while reminiscing
of all things pure and sweet.
Life has changed; the children
gone, but my memories linger on.
I continue to sit in the garden
with my sweet thoughts hugging
me all around—
as I capture the essence
of the perfect summer day.
Judith Goffin June 25, 2016
Thought this would be of interest to our readers to revisit this article…
When should you get a Publicist or PR Consultant to Help Promote Your Book?
Looking at Steps to successfully launch your book
In the last several months I have had calls from authors who wish to discuss how I might help get their books recognized and sold in the marketplace.
Usually they want to know how I can help them; how much it will cost and can I guarantee results? Whether it be an esoteric poet, a historian, a moderate Libertarian who is angry about our political system and global warming, or a rather good Hollywood mystery writer, they all want me to get their books on the New York Times best seller list and increase their revenue to an amazing amount. A highly unlikely happening!
Why did they wait until the book(s) were on Amazon. com, in some bookstores published last year…have old and outdated information and just not competitive…. to say the least.
I am quite candid with all of them and then some….
“When did you decide to write your book?”
“When you decided to write the great American novel did you determine who your audience was; how to reach your marketplace?”
Did you consider doing some research as to who might be of value in handling a campaign for your book? If you are not funded by a major publishing house and you are self-publishing, do you think it might have been important to consider a marketing strategy, a basic assessment of your readers, a battle plan, something to make your book a winner?
This is what you do before you write your book, not six months or a year later; that is the backwards plan.
And, I hear from these new authors, “Can you get me on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen Degeneres Show, talk radio and oh yes, how about the cover of Time Magazine? The last author I spoke to said (I didn’t ask him) that his goal is to sell 10,000 copies of his book and be ranked in the top 5 books on the New York Times List. What a dream.
It is complicated to research, prepare and write a book. Figure how to print it cost-effectively. Get a publicist who believes in the product to help you and then be realistic as to its success. The authors who have contacted me have all been elderly men, with modest and major career (the back story to promote).
The first thing they say to me after hello, is “I don’t have much money.” Talk about a downer. Why do they think I will jump with joy to take on an egotistical man who knows how to do it, but doesn’t want to and doesn’t want to pay me what I am worth??
I have debated where to place this piece; on my web site, my blog Respect Encourages Dignity, or on a general publishing Facebook page. And, of course I can send it to print media nationally. That would get a jolt out to the authors of the world.
After much consideration, I think it will go on the Respect Encourages Dignity, as the more I speak with these authors, the more annoyed I become. Everyone wants something for nothing and that doesn’t help my economy, my talents, my long standing as a professional publicist, public relations and Social Media Maven.
And are they really prepared? I hear, my website is still under construction. No I did not prepare this book as an Ebook. No I don’t have a good picture of myself so people can recognize me. And, oh yes, my sister’s cousin did the proofreading on the book and I think it is just perfect. No way. It goes on and on.
Now, basically, I am a patient person, but this insanity just has to stop sometime.
Now if you are thinking about writing a book large or small, take time to plan all of the steps for success. Read my Ebook On Writing a Book and gather some common sense before you begin. If you want to chat with me for $300 per hour, give me a call (714) 528-1258 or email me at email@example.com. No more freebies.
July 9, 2014
IN MEMORIUM OF A LONG-TIME FRIEND
My long-time friend Helene passed away this week with dignity and style as was her life force. I did not get to say good-bye, but send good wishes and love to wherever she lands.
For decades, she would drive to my home, get as far as the circular driveway, stop the car and peer at the rose garden…checking on the bouquet that would accompany her home. It was a sweet thing and when she was ready to go home, I got her the clippers, a plastic bag, sometimes a vase or a basket to make her job easier. She really loved a large Yellow rose called Buccaneer as it had a long shelf life….but as most gardeners’ know all plants have a time to grow and time to leave. This rose lasted about 20 years.
Several weeks ago, I purchased a new yellow floribunda rose that Helene would have love; but alas she is gone and the rose is having a slow start to add color and dimension to the garden…
I can add that several years ago Helene purchased gorgeous Hydrangeas’ for the garden, but in my area it was too warm and they could not live comfortably, so we took them back to Rogers Gardens and purchased a magnificent Gemini Hybrid Tea rose bush, which has flourished and it always abundant with deep pink and white buds that open to 6-8 inches wide rose with a sweet fragrance.
I will walk my rose garden during the coming years and with fond memories of Helene stopping her car, checking on the roses …..it will certainly bring a smile to my face and a touch of love to my heart.
Judith Goffin April 8, 2016