Are you stuck collecting rejections from publishers and literary agents?
Move beyond the rejection and receive a book contract with a traditional publisher!
If you are like the typical would-be book author, you send out your book manuscript or query or even a book proposal and your only response is a form rejection. Even if you know the editor or literary agent, you don't get a single personal remark on the rejection. There is no critique or insight or personal feedback. Without this personal insight, you simply repackage your material and send it back into the marketplace. Or you give up and drop your dreams of getting a book published with a traditional publisher. Your questions pile up and you never find the answers.
Youcan find the answers to your questions about book proposals. What if you had an experienced voice to guide you through the maze and landmines of book publishing? You need someone who has been the writer's advocate in a room full of cynical publishing executives.
You need someone who has been in the trenches advocating for writers and pushing for their book contracts.
You need someone who has written many books for various publishers and knows how to give you professional answers to your questions.
Proposal Secrets provides answers to 50 of the most common questions from writers about book proposals and the submission process. From a list of over 275 real questions from people who want to be book authors, Terry combined and prioritized them into 50 of the top questions about book proposals--and he's providing the answer.
Here's some of the common questions about book proposal creation:
I've seen conflicting information. How long is a book proposal?
What catches your attention as an editor or a literary agent in the first paragraph?
As a new writer, what is the secret to making my book proposal stand out so an editor will notice it?
What are the key parts of every book proposal?
I’ve heard from authors that the publisher always changes their title. Is it important to think of a good title since it will be changed any way?
Do I send my proposal to several publishers at one time or do I wait to receive a response before sending it to another publisher?
For a first-time author, what is the most critical aspect of the book proposal for my focus?
What is a slush pile and how do you stay out of it? An editor who I met personally sent me a form rejection. If that happens, how do I make a connection with an editor where I have no personal relationship?
What is the most important element in a book proposal and is there a straight-forward way to submit it? I have written four novels and several children’s books, which I’ve never submitted because of not knowing the answer to this question.
Most of the voices in the Christian book market sound alike. Can an edgy voice grab an editor’s attention or does it put off the editor?
Through the Proposal Secrets E-Course you will receive an email with a link to an audio postcard. You will hear Terry teach the frequently-asked question and the answer. If you learn best through audio teaching, you can listen to the answer several times.
Also each audio postcard includes a PDF transcript of the question and the answer. You can print each answer and study it for additional book proposal instruction.
These proposal questions and answers arrive in your mailbox for 50 straight days to give you Terry's personal instruction and insight about how to distinguish your book proposal and catch the editor's (or agent's) attention.
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Here's More of the Questions Answered in Proposal Secrets:
In a nonfiction book proposal, which is the most important element—the author’s voice or the relevancy of the topic?
What is the point of the opening or introduction of a nonfiction book proposal?
I have written my book manuscript. Do I still need a book proposal? Is so, then how do I know where to send it?
I want to write a gift book. What does a book proposal for this type of project look like?
How do I punch up the marketing section of my book proposal? What are publishers looking for in the marketing section?
I’ve self-published a book. Could a traditional publisher pick up that book and what is the process? Do I need a book proposal?
Is it important for an author to have a platform? Is it equally important in fiction as well as nonfiction? If so, how does an author build that platform?
When an editor gives no reason for why my proposal was rejected is there any way to find out the reason?
Does it matter whether I send my proposal via email or paper? Which is best? How do I select the publisher with the “right fit” for my proposal?
Is a fiction book proposal different from a nonfiction book proposal? How are they distinguished?
Plus 30 additional questions and the answers.
W. Terry Whalin has been a book acquisitions editor for over five years. The acquisitions editor is the first person to read the submissions to a publishing house then champions the author's project in front of a room of publishing executives. Terry knows the inside scoop on what publishers want in a book proposal.
As a writer, Terry has published more than 60 books with traditional publishers such as Zondervan, St. Martins Press, Tyndale and others. A traditional publisher pays you to write the book. Twice in his career, he has written book proposals which received a six-figure advance. One of these proposals is included in Book Proposals That Sell. A popular speaker at conferences, Terry often teaches about book proposals.
Here's What Others Are Saying about W. Terry Whalin & His Knowledge of Book Proposals
"Terry Whalin helps people navigate the treacherous waters of getting published. An indispensable tool for new authors."
--Scott Waxman, Literary Agent and President of the Waxman Agency
"Whalin has produced an indispensable tool that is both practical and powerful."
--Kyle Duncan, Vice President, Editorial, Bethany House Publishers
"A tremendous resource with crisp, concise and insightful advice for every writer! Ignore his counsel at your peril."
--Steve Laube, Literary Agent and President, The Steve Laube Agency
Terry Whalin has written scores of book proposals. And, as an acquisitions editor at two publishing houses, he’s read his fair share of proposals. Now he shares his wealth of knowledge brimming with pointers.
--Janet Kobobel Grant, Literary Agent, Books & Such
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Heres's your road map for bypassing the long, winding route that gets you nowhere and shows you the shortcuts for learning what publishers are really looking for.
Heather Ivester, Georgia
Whalin uses his vast experience in the publishing business to lay out a step-by-step plan to write a proposal that will get your foot in the door. Even the fiction writer can gain much from Whalin's insight in this book.
Ronald Estrada, Oxford, Michigan
"As a successful author and acquisitions editor, Terry Whalin knows why some proposals bring publishers to attention and why others put publishers to sleep. Heed his advice and your next proposal just may be your break-through."
--Dan Benson, Editorial Director, NavPress
Whether you're an aspiring author or already published, this book will help fast-track your next proposal to an acceptance letter.
Sean Young, Johannesburg, South Africa
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"Traditional publishing is shrouded with mystery. Terry Whalin peels back the curtain to give authors an inside look at what a writer needs to provide a publisher. Following his advice will give you the edge you need to create a slam dunk proposal!"
--Michael S. Hyatt, President of Thomas Nelson
"Many beginning book writers complain that it’s harder to write the proposal than the book itself. Until they know how, that’s probably true. Terry Whalin knows the secrets of good book proposals. As a writer, he’s composed many book proposals; as an editor, he’s read hundreds of them."
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