START HERE!Page 1 - INTRODUCTION: Sell your book the easy way --- sell a book proposal!
You can get paid to write a book. It's easily possible to make a fast $10,000, or even a six figure amount.Page 2: You and your book publisher: a partnership
Your publisher is putting up the money to publish your book, so you need to approach the project from his point of view as well as your own. Page 3: Why write a book proposal first?
All non-fiction books are sold on proposal. A book proposal is much easier to sell than a complete book. Page 4: How do you write a book proposal?
You write a proposal step by step. At BookProposalWriting.com, we'll work on your book proposal together.Page 5: How to use BookProposalWriting.com
First, read through our website, to see what information we have for you. Next, work through the sectionsDAY 1: Whats a book proposal? Get an idea for your book
Take your notebook and visit a bookstore. Skim four non-fiction books of the kind which you hope to writePage 7: What is a book proposal?
A book proposal is a business document which convinces a publisher to buy your book before you've written it.Page 8: Got an idea for your book? Great!
If you already have an idea for your book, that's great. Please work through the material in this chapter using your current idea, or join us in developing new ideas. Page 9:How to Generate Ideas to Write Your Book Proposal
Make a list of 20 things you're good at. Don't think too hard about this. Maybe you're good at buying presents for peopleyou've got a knack for choosing just the right gift.Page 10:Book Writing Checklist: Is this the right idea for you TODAY?
You've worked through the idea generators, and you have one or more ideas which you feel would work as a book.DAY 2: Develop Your Book Idea and Assess the Book Publishing Market
The more you know about how non-fiction books are constructed, the more easily you'll be able to work on your own book with confidence. Page 12: Book Writing Myths : What Does It Take to Write A Book?
You dont need any special writing talent to write books, nor do you need to be highly educated.Page 13: Today we'll develop your idea and assess the market
Developing your book idea and assessing the publishing market go together. We'll work on both tasks today.Page 14: Assess the market for your book
Start by visiting some large bookstores. Take your notebook and a pen. Copy the Tables of Contents of books that treat the same subject matter that your book does. DAY 3: Write the blurb and outline your book
Write at least three blurbs for your book: 200 words, 50 words, and 25 words. (See the sample blurbs in this chapter.) Page 16: How to write your book's blurb for your book proposal
You'll often find that as you're starting to work on your book, your blurb will come to you as a flash of inspiration. Page 17: Write your book's blurb in easy steps
Before you start writing your book's blurb, ask yourself: who will be reading this book?Page 18: Outlining your book and your book's idea
This is where your blurb comes into its own. You can develop a basic outline from your blurb as a mind map, or cluster diagram.DAY 4: Research your book proposal, and flesh out your book's outline
It's a good idea to create a research plan to guide you, both in writing your proposal, and later in writing your book.Page 20: Book Research: How much do you need to know?
Remember that this is just a book proposal; you're not writing the complete book. Therefore, you may not need to do any research at all. Page 21: Research and Writing Your Book
Here's a process I use to combine research and writing, and to get the bones of the work done.Page 22: Writing Your Book's First draft
Just start to work on a first draft of your outline, and some material for your first chapter. Write as quickly as you can. DAY 5: Write your book proposal query letter
Start a contact list of literary agents and publishers; as you find snippets of information online, or in your offline reading, enter notes into your database. Page 24: Today you write your book proposal query letter
Will literary agents and book publishers be interested in my book?Page 25: Sending your query letter directly to publishers
Many large publishers will not look at unagented material. However, this still leaves many who will. Page 26: Sample Query Letter
What goes into a query letter? I've included a sample query letter that I've sent out, and which garnered an agent contract immediately. Page 27: Another Sample Query Letter
Here's another sample query letter. At the time of writing, I haven't sent out this letter.Page 28: Write your query letter!
The next step is to write your own query letter. Don't take too long over this. DAY 6: Write your book proposal
Write the draft quickly. Don't think too much about it. In your initial draft, you aim for quantity, rather than quality. Page 30: Let's write the book proposal
Today we'll complete an initial draft of the complete book proposal, and you can fill in the gaps later. Page 31: Book Proposal : Write the Overview
The Overview, the description of your book, is the first part of your book proposal that literary agents and book publishers will read. Page 32: Book Proposal : Write the Promotions section
Next, you'll write the Promotions section. In this section, you will show your publisher that you intend to go all-out to promote your book. DAY 7: Write the sample book chapter and revise your book proposal
Write the sample chapter
Write the first chapter of your book. Page 34: A fast chapter-writing method
Writing a chapter of a book is like writing a long article.Page 35: Revising your book proposal
When you've completed the first chapter, print out the entire book proposal.