J. Brent Bill is a Quaker who’s been publishing articles and books since 1983. In that time, he’s learned a thing or three about getting his work published – starting with how to pitch his ideas to editors. Here are a few of Brent's suggestions for Friends who want to prepare a book proposal.
Questions an editor will ask:
- Is it a good book concept?
- Who wants to read it?
- Does it fit with our publishing criteria?
Things an editor will look for in a proposal:
- A clear and specific idea
- Writing skill – grammar, spelling, etc.
Basic ingredients in any book proposal:
- Subject hook – the most exciting, compelling thing you can say about your book
- A synopsis of the content
- Selling handle - what unique benefit(s)the reader will receive for their effort in reading it
- List of chapters and titles
- Length of the book
- Your credentials for writing this book
- Identify your target market
- What you are prepared to do to help market your book
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