Pulling the Sword from the Stone: Amazon’s Kindle Books to be Available on Mobile Phones
Friday, 02/6/09 | 5 Comments

Did you feel that? That was a tremor in the publishing world. There have been many of them over the past several months, but yesterday’s announcement from Amazon could be especially game changing in my …

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Shopping Your Book Proposal
Friday, Aug 22, 2008 | 2 Comments

Last week I received a message via LinkedIn from someone who had just finished a book proposal and wanted to have me consider it.  The description looked interesting so I suggested we connect via email …

The Problem with Book Outlines - Advice for Authors
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2008 | 4 Comments
The Problem with Book Outlines - Advice for Authors

I was speaking with a potential author on the phone today who was having trouble with the outline portion of his book proposal. Of course, building the book outline is one of the most …

The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2007 | 3 Comments
The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal

You will find quite a bit about writing winning book proposals on this site - but you wont find them all in one place. All the posts are tagged book-proposal, but I thought it …

5 Ways To Get Me to Quickly Reject Your Book Proposal
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2007 | 25 Comments
5 Ways To Get Me to Quickly Reject Your Book Proposal

I review a lot of proposals - some I have requested and some I haven’t. I am fine with receiving unsolicited proposals - every so often you do get something amazing you weren’t expecting. …

The Book Proposal: Target Readership
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

Knowing who you are writing for is just as important as knowing what you are writing about. Profound, I know but you’d be surprised how many proposals I get where the potential author has …

The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing Your Outline
Monday, Jun 4, 2007 | 2 Comments

When considering a non-fiction book proposal, the draft outline ranks as one of the most critical sections. In my opinion there are 3 things that make for a good outline:

Did I mention details?

A …

The Book Proposal: Who Are You, And Why Do We Care?
Tuesday, May 29, 2007 | One Comment

So, tell me a little something about yourself…
A good bio tells your prospective publisher you who are, and why you are uniquely suited to write your book. In fact, the bio should be tailored …

The Book Proposal: Manuscript Details
Thursday, May 24, 2007 | One Comment

In this section of the proposal, I’m looking to see how deeply the prospective author has considered his or her book. The proposal is a pitch after all, and for us the details certainly …

The Book Proposal: Know Your Competition
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 | One Comment

“There are no other books like this one.”
“There is no competition for this title.”
Yes there is.
Never leave the Competition section for your book proposal blank, nor should you use statements like the ones above to …

The Book Proposal: About the Book
Thursday, May 17, 2007 | 3 Comments

So, what’s your book about?
This section of the proposal is your chance to tell your editor that you really understand what you are working on. This is your “wow” section, and should be thought of …