Book Proposals

How to avoid query letter mistakes

The biggest hurdle standing between you and a publishing deal is the query letter. Over the years, many authors have asked me the same question: Why aren’t literary agents responding to me? More often than not, I don’t even need to glance at their manuscript to tell them why agents haven’t yet jumped at the chance to work with them — the issues start with the query letter itself. A well-written query letter can get you in the door, but one that falls flat can delay your chances at publishing success. Here are some quick tips for diagnosing what might have gone wrong and how to improve your pitch.… Read More

Book Proposal Basics: How to Do the Competition Right

Are you a first-time author who wants to traditionally publish a nonfiction book? You’ll need to write a nonfiction book proposal, a detailed sales pitch to a publisher showing that your book can succeed. One section of a book proposal — the competition section —  is where you tell the publisher what your book is up against even before it gets to market. This is vital to your book’s success; addressing books similar to or in conversation with yours asserts that your book has a place in the publishing world and that you are an expert on what’s out there in your field. 5 things to keep in mind when writing your book proposal:… Read More