Author 101 Bestselling Book Proposals: The Insider's Guide to Selling Your Work

Overview

"I've got a great idea for a book!" But a great idea is not enough-what you need is a killer book proposal. With publishing gurus Rick Frishman and Robyn Friedman Spizman as your guides, you can create a proposal that makes your idea sing-and appeals to right publishers. This step-by-step process includes:
  • Expanding your idea into a full-fledged proposal
  • Marketing your proposal to the right agents and publishers
  • Negotiating a favorable ...
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Overview

"I've got a great idea for a book!" But a great idea is not enough-what you need is a killer book proposal. With publishing gurus Rick Frishman and Robyn Friedman Spizman as your guides, you can create a proposal that makes your idea sing-and appeals to right publishers. This step-by-step process includes:
  • Expanding your idea into a full-fledged proposal
  • Marketing your proposal to the right agents and publishers
  • Negotiating a favorable publishing contract With Author 101: Bestselling Book Proposals, your entrŽe into the exciting world of publishing is just a proposal away!
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What People Are Saying

Edward W. Knappman
A good 50% of my time as an agent is spent coaching clients on how to write an effective book proposal. Now, I can just say it’s as easy as 1-2-3: (1) buy a copy of Rick and Robyn's Author 101: Bestselling Book Proposals, (2) follow their advice, (3) send it to me. Then I can put the time I save selling books to editors. (New England Publishing Associates, www.nepa.com)
Jeremy Katz
Great books begin with great proposals. Great proposals begin with great ideas and the knowledge of how to present them to a publisher. For the ideas, you’re on your own. For the insider secrets that can turn your vision into a reality, this book is an essential resource. (Literary Agent at Sanford J. Greenberger Associates)
Kremer Kremer
Are you ready to get out of the slush piles? If so, read Bestselling Book Proposals. It will increase your chances of a contract offer by at least 300%. (editor, Book Marketing Update, and author, 1001 Ways to Market Your Books)
Kimi Weiss
A good book with a bad proposal is a tragic event. With the expert tutelage of Frishman and Spizman, an author can increase his/her chances of publication many times over! (Director of Communications, HCI Books)
Sharlene Martin
Author 101 is a must read for any writer hoping to sell a proposal in today’s competitive marketplace. This book should be required reading for every want-to-be writer for the 21st century! (Martin Literary Mgmt. )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593374129
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Author 101 Ser.
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 972,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Frishman is president of Planned Television Arts and one of the most powerful publicists in the media industry, working with authors such as Arnold Palmer, Alan Dershowitz, and Henry Kissinger. Also executive vice president at Ruder Finn, this top-notch publicist has worked with the field's top agents, editors, and publishers, including Simon and Schuster, Random House, Harper Collins, Pocket Books, Penguin Putnam, and Hyperion Books. Plus, he tours the country hosting seminars on how to help writers sell their books. Starting in 2006, he joins coauthor Spizman to travel the country under the banner of Author 101 University (www.author101.com). Frishman is also the coauthor of Networking Magic, Guerrilla Publicity, and Guerrilla Marketing for Writers (published by Writer's Digest Books). Visit www.rickfrishman.com for his Million Dollar Rolodex.

Robyn Freedman Spizman is no stranger to success. As an award-winning author, she has written dozens of inspirational and educational nonfiction books during her accomplished career, including Make It Memorable, When Words Matter Most, GIFTionary, and The Thank You Book. She also coauthored the Women for Hire series (with Tory Johnson) and this year debuted her first work of fiction for young readers, titled Secret Agent (with Mark Johnston). As a seasoned media personality and consumer advocate for more than twenty-three years, she has appeared repeatedly on NBC's Today, CNN, and is featured regularly on the NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA and Star 94. A sought-after speaker on book-writing and motivational topics, Spizman is considered one of the most dynamic how-to experts in the country. In addition to her writing, reporting, and speaking, she is also the cofounder of The Spizman Agency, a highly successful public relations firm that specializes in experts and book publicity. Visit www.robynspizman.com for more information.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 Insider Facts about the Publishing Industry 1
Chapter 2 Think Like a Published Author 17
Chapter 3 The Author's Platform 24
Chapter 4 Preliminary Steps 38
Chapter 5 The Publishing Process Explained 57
Chapter 6 Query Letters 68
Chapter 7 Proposal Basics 84
Chapter 8 Cover Letter, Format, and Title Page 94
Chapter 9 The Overview 104
Chapter 10 Comparative Analysis 119
Chapter 11 Markets for the Book 134
Chapter 12 About the Author 148
Chapter 13 Promotion Plan 159
Chapter 14 Table of Contents and Chapter Summaries 185
Chapter 15 Sample Chapters 193
Chapter 16 Frosting on the Cake 200
Chapter 17 What Agents and Publishers Hate 206
Chapter 18 Summing Up 214
Glossary of Publishing Terms 217
Resource Directory 225
Index 245
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Every Author Needs This Book

    '** Learn From The Experts ** is probably the most common recommendation I hear from successful people. With this book (and the entire bestseller series) you not only learn from two of the most seasoned veterans, but you also get priceless secrets revealed from all of the experts who were interviewed. I've read almost all the books published on how to write book proposals, and in my opinion, this book is at the top. It's like having a winning recipe to follow. I highly recommend this book and the entire series to you.' Randy Gilbert, aka. Dr. Proactive

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    the Best of its kind, ever!

    I just completed reading this book and find it was the best I have read on this topic. Great information and examples but with a style that is easy to read and follow. It is really a soup to nuts, all inclusive guide. If you are like me, thebusinessprophet, and want to get published then this book is a must-have.

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