77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected

77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected

by Mike Nappa
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77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected by Mike Nappa

Discover the tips and tricks to avoiding the rejection pile.

You've done it! You've written the next "must have" book and everyone you know who reads your manuscript agrees - it's guaranteed to be a bestseller. So why can't you find a publisher for it? For some reason (maybe even more than one) editors and agents alike keep rejecting your proposal.

So what are you doing wrong?

Discover 77 of the most common reasons why thousands of book proposals are rejected every year, and find out what you can do to make your proposal stand out from the rest. Working as an author, editor, and agent from more than 20 years, publishing industry veteran Mike Nappa knows the most frequent mistakes authors make in their proposals and then simple steps you can take to avoid catching a ride on the train to Rejection-ville.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402254130
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mike Nappa is the founder and Chief Literary Agent of Nappaland Literary Agency. He is an award-winning editor who has worked in book acquisitions for three prominent publishing houses.

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WisdomBroker0 More than 1 year ago
Typically, authors set themselves up for failure with their simplistic view of publishers' decision-making processes. "If my writing's good enough," we imagine, "they'll eagerly offer me a contract." If only it were that simple! In real life, publishers reject manuscripts for a multitude of reasons, of which Nappa lists 77, including: . You failed to convince me that you could market the book. . We've already accepted our quota for the year. . We don't publish your genre. . You failed to demonstrate the uniqueness of your book. . Your audience doesn't match our target audience. By understanding how publishers think about acquisitions, authors stand much better odds of getting accepted. Nappa presents this information in a clear and lively style that makes it a pleasure to read. By limiting each point to four or five pages and moving quickly to practical tips, I profited by reading a section at a time, similar to a daily devotion. Although I primarily self publish these days (I've been traditionally published as well), I found these insights invaluable, simply because self publishers are publishers. How insightful to learn from successful publishers the characteristics of marketable books! Nappa's experiences as acquisitions editor, marketing copywriter, and literary agent uniquely qualify him to write on this topic. Beyond his personal experiences, he quotes and recommends other authorities and studies which add weight to his recommendations. Highly recommended for all authors.