HOW TO HUSTLE YOUR BOOK TO NEW YORK PUBLISHING INDUSTRY
I recently downloaded a LIST OF AGENTS in NYC/ HOLLYWOOD from a WRITER GURU's website, his name? Mahesh Grossman, and he wrote me a letter when I didn't understand how to print it out, which was very kind. The File was on the web in PDF, not HTM. I'd seen PDF but never done a print out of Adobe software, or PDF but was surprised that it printed out and how easily! A PC TYRO, I WAS ABLE TO do this. I 'reduced' font to size l0, and printed it without a problem. So now I have the hard copy on my desk, and at this website it's UP ready for you to grab it. Now if I also have stationery, fones, fax, email server,this list of some really good agents could be the start of a book or script sale. And, I'm on MAHESH GROSSMAN's LIST, today getting this additional info, TIPS on selling books.
I saw a website online that announced: Buy my book *Write a Book Without Lifting a Finger* at http://www.writeabooktoday.com. It features a detailed step-by-step guide to writing a book proposal and four examples of proposals that landed agents and publishers, including two by little known first time authors who sold their books for over $100,000. I think you can google up a dozen articles with that theme. Search on "FIND LITERARY AGENT" + LIST OF LITERARY AGENCIES.
Here's another article that I found.
LAND A BOOK DEAL FROM JUST TWENTY PAGES
My father used to tell me that you could build or fix anything
with the right tools.
If you want to land a book deal for a non-fiction book, the right tool
is a book proposal. A book proposal consists of some marketing
information, your biography, and a twenty-page sample of your book,
hence the title of this article.
Even if you have written a complete manuscript, make sure you submit a
book proposal first, not the manuscript.
Here's why publishing pros want a sample instead of the whole book:
1) They are incredibly busy. The major publishing houses receive as many
as 5000 book proposals a week. Literary agents get inundated as well.
They just don't have time to read complete manuscripts.
2) They want to know why they should invest in you. Publishing is a
business. More than half of a book proposal is a business plan that
explains how and why your book will make money.
3) They may only like part of your idea. An editor may think, *gee, if
he writes *x* instead of *y*, I might be interested.* And she'll tell
you. But with a complete manuscript, it's hard to tell someone they
should have taken a different path starting on page 37. Instead, you'll
just hear *no*.
4) If publishing pros do like your idea, they need it in a form that
they can present to other people. Agents present your material to
editors. And editors submit your idea to an editorial board. They make
the final decision, and they don't have enough time to read your whole
THE SECRET FORMULA
If you want significant attention from agents and publishers,
make sure your book proposal includes each of these ingredients:
1. A GREAT TITLE PAGE
A great title can go a long way toward selling your book. So your
title page is very important. Include your name and contact information
on this page.
2. TABLE OF CONTENTS (for the proposal)
List the sections of your book proposal and the pages they are on.
3. THE OVERVIEW
An overview is a one to three page mini-version of your proposal.
Start off with a short paragraph that's an attention-grabber. This is
called the hook. Look at any bestselling paperback for an example of how
to write three or four sentences that will quickly grab a reader's
Include a paragraph or two on each of the following: the main benefits
and features of your book, who its audience will be, and why they'll buy
your book instead of another one that is already published. Add a
paragraph that explains why you're especially qualified to be the author
of this text.
4. THE AUDIENCE
Prove to an agent or editor that there are enough people interested in
your subject to make your book worth publishing. Make sure you use
5. THE COMPETITION
For this section, answer these two questions:
A) What are five or six of the bestselling books that compete
B) How does your book differ from each of those books?
What does your book do better than they do?
Write six short paragraphs, one per book, about what your
book does better than each of these books.
6. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Show why you are qualified to write on your particular topic here.
Also mention your general writing experience. Include anything that
indicates you have a built-in audience for your book.
What will your book look like when it's published? Describe it here.
How many words will it be? (A double-spaced manuscript page contains 250
words.) How long it will take you to finish? (Take your best guess and
then add three months.) What format do you want it to be published
in—hardcover, trade paperback, or mass market paperback? Will there be
any drawings or photographs?
8. PROMOTION STRATEGIES
Publishers need to be convinced that your book will sell. Show them how
you plan on getting your book in front of the specific target audiences
you mentioned earlier in the proposal. Will you hire a publicist? Do you
speak in front of groups? Do you have a syndicated column, or an e-zine
with lots of subscribers? Are you planning on starting off with a great
media event for charity? You need to have some plan so that people can
become aware of you and your book.
This section is a short outline of your book, along the
order of a table of contents.
10. CHAPTER SUMMARIES
Build evidence that you have a whole book, not just a long magazine
article. Briefly describe the material you will include in each chapter.
Use at least half a page, but don't go over a full page per chapter,
unless you have a really good reason.
11. SAMPLE CHAPTERS
What do agents and editors want to see in your sample chapters? Your
knowledge, your heart, your personality and your writing skill.
Include about twenty pages of your book, or one to three chapters. Start
each chapter in a way that will captivate readers. Use a stunning
statistic, a metaphor, tell a story, or ask questions that will make
your reader feel like you are writing about her. Close each chapter in a
way that will leave your wanting to read more. That's the formula. Write
a strong enough book proposal and you could wind up getting paid to
write your book.
It may seem like the odds are against you, but as literary agent and
author Peter Rubie says, *if you have a polished and well-written book
idea, you're in competition, not with all the others who submit, but
with the 5 to 10 percent whose material cries out to be taken seriously
by editors and agents.*
To look at four samples of book proposals that sold (two by first-time
authors who received over 100K to write their books), buy Write a Book
Without Lifting a Finger, available at www.writeabooktoday.com.
Leah Komaiko, bestselling author of *Am I Old Yet* calls this book: *the
best stuff about book proposals I've ever seen . . . I actually used to
teach book proposal writing at U.C.L.A. and when I found Mahesh's book I
just basically walked in and said, *You know, instead of a twelve week
class, just go get this book and everything will be fine.*
You may post or send this article to anyone you want as long as
you credit Mahesh Grossman as the author AND it includes the following
information at the end
of the article:
Mahesh Grossman is the author of Write a Book Without Lifting a Finger
(http://www.writeabooktoday.com) and President of The Authors Team
(http://www.AuthorsTeam.com), a company that helps credible experts become
Incredible Authors, through ghostwriting, editing, coaching, and
publishing. He can be reached via e-mail at:
GetPublished@AuthorsTeam.com. For a free list of more than 400 agents
as well as a newsletter with tips on how to find an agent, get
published, publish your own book and get publicity for it, go to
www.findagreatliteraryagent.com or www.AuthorsTeam.com.
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