The secret to becoming a published author today isn't writing a great book -- it's writing a great book proposal.
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Dear Soon-to-be Published Author:
Do you want to write a nonfiction book and get it published?
Then don't write the book.
At least not yet.
Because publishers simply don't want to read an unsolicited book manuscript from an unknown author.
If you send your book, they'll either mail it back unread ... or toss the manuscript in the trash.
What you need to do instead is write a "book proposal."
A book proposal is a 7 to 20-page sales document describing the book you want to write.
The problem you face is that winning book proposals must follow a very specific format dictating the sections you must include.
Leave out even one of these critical elements, and your proposal will come bouncing back to you faster than you can say "rejection letter."
Once you successfully complete a winning book proposal and get a publishing contract, actually writing the book won't be all that hard.
After all, you've seen and read hundreds of books you can model yours after. You know what a book looks like ... what it sounds like ... how it should be formatted.
But writing a winning book proposal is another matter entirely - because you've never seen or studied the proposals that sold all the books you've read!
Having never read or studied book proposals, right now you're in the dark as to how to write a kick-butt proposal that knocks a publisher's socks off ... and gets him to reach for his checkbook.
With your permission, I want to shed some light on my proven process for putting together the perfect book proposal - a task I have completed successfully dozens of times since 1981 to sell more than 85 books in my over a quarter of a century as a published book author.
Now you can copycat my most successful proposals to sell your book to a publisher pronto!
In my e-book, The Handbook of Model Book Proposals, you get the full text - not one word cut out - of 10 of my best book proposals.
Each proposal is annotated with notes showing you exactly what I did to get editors to bite on my bait -- and give me a contract to write the book - and why I did it.
In The Handbook of Model Book Proposals, you'll discover:
- How to convince skeptical editors that you are qualified to write the book you are proposing - page 19.
- The 8 critical sections of your book proposal - and what to put in each. Page 3.
- How to prove there is a substantial market for your book -- page 6.
- Establishing what makes your book different and unique from others in its category - page 7.
- How to write a killer content outline that will close the sale and get you a book contract - page 8.
- An easy way to demonstrate to the publisher that your topic is timely - page 22.
- How to sell a book to a publisher for their existing series - page 121.
- Using personal stories in book proposals to grab the editor's attention - page 23.
- How to take a book proposal rejected by the publisher who asked for it and sell it to another - page 132.
- Do controversial subjects sell? Answer on page 24.
- Why you need to research competing books and actually let your potential publisher know about them - page 27.
- What credentials should you highlight in your author's bio? Page 28.
- How to prove that the advice your book will contain actually works - page 34.
- Selling books requiring publication in a non-standard format - page 35.
- Have an easier time selling your book by showing publishers your platform - page 37.
- Must your table of contents be comprehensive and complete? See page 37.
- When to write a sample chapter to include with your book proposal - page 49.
- How to get a legitimate literary agent to sell your book for you - page 156.
- What's the best format for writing your content outline - paragraphs or bullets? Page 135.
- How to create a successful unique selling proposition for a book in a category with lots of competition - page 56.
- A simple trick for convincing the editor that you can write a good book - page 64.
- How much do you need to explain about your topic to the acquiring editor? Page 82.
- A proposal that sold an unusual idea - page 145.
- How to create a dynamite sample chapter without actually writing one - page 92.
- Add appendixes to your book to enhance its reference value - page 120.
- How to sell a book based on a clever idea - page 111.
- And so much more....
Authors praise The Handbook of Model Book Proposals
The secret to getting your book published isn't writing a great book (although you do have to write a good one). It's writing a great book proposal.
Potential publishers evaluate your book idea solely on the way it is presented in the book proposal you submit to them. The stronger the proposal, the better your chances of getting your book published.
Now, with my annotated collection of winning book proposals at your fingertips for guidance and inspiration, you can quickly craft a proposal that gets editors to call and say, "We love your proposal and want to make you an offer on this book!"
But don't take my word for it. Here are just a few of the enthusiastic raves for earlier editions of The Handbook of Model Book Proposals...
"As a result of the information you provided, I wrote a successful proposal and got my first book published, which is selling quite well at bookstores and on amazon.com. Thanks again for your superb insights."
"Bob Bly's practical step-by-step instructions guided me in finding my niche and writing my book proposal, and after submitting to four publishers, my book is now available and was published by a well-respected publishing house. I truly believe that if it were not for Bob's material, my dream of being a published author would not have been possible."
--Lisa Morschini, Santa Barbara, CA
"Bob Bly knows what makes book proposals work. In simple, straightforward instruction, he spills everything he knows so that the rest of us can get published."
--Christopher Kokoski, Louisville, KY
"It takes a person through the whole process, how to start, sell, and market. I highly recommend it."
--Glenn, Temecula, CA
"This is a truly inspiring, extremely practical and entertaining guide to becoming a published author. Having it is like 'money in the bank' - follow its instructions and you will certainly learn to think like a prolific wordsmith who can turn ideas into profits."
--Roscoe Barnes, Baltimore, MD
"Contains a lot of valuable information, especially for the novice. I especially like the presentation of acquiring an using an agent, and the specific procedure to follow to publish a manuscript."
--Louise Froehlich, Mt. Arlington, NJ
Act now and save $30
So what does it cost to master my book proposal writing secrets - and sell your book idea to a major NYC publisher?
Well, years ago I would occasionally ghostwrite book proposals for people - at $2,500 a pop.
These days, I am simply too busy with my own writing, so I don't ghostwrite book proposals, though I occasionally consult with clients on book publishing for my regular hourly rate of $500.
But it won't cost you $2,500 ... $500 ... or even $100 to have me help you whip your book proposal into shape - and get your book published by a mainstream publishing house.
The Handbook of Model Book Proposals is priced at $69. And that's what it will sell for when we officially launch it later this year.
However, act now and you can get my book proposal handbook - including 10 fully annotated book proposals -- at a $30 discount off the regular rate.
That's right. The Handbook of Model Book Proposals is yours for only $39 ... less than I charge for 5 minutes of my time!
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I'll promptly refund your money in full. And you can still keep the e-book with my compliments. That way, you risk nothing.
One more thing....
In 90 days, you could be no closer to your dream of getting your book published than you are right now.
Or, you could be on your way to fame and fortune ... and maybe even a guest appearance on Oprah ... as the author of a best-selling book.
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In your free special report, you'll discover:
- The 10 most common questions about getting your book published ... and the answers - page 3.
- How to earn $10,000 a month selling e-books on the Internet - page 45.
- What Madison Avenue can teach you about selling your book to a publisher - page 29.
- 10 ways to find the perfect topic for your next book - page 9.
- How to actually make a profit when your book goes out of print - page 32.
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Bob Bly has been a writer since 1979 and a full-time freelance writer since 1982. He earns more than $600,000 a year from his freelance writing, and became a self-made multi-millionaire while still in his 30s.
Bob has written promotions for over 100 clients including Phillips, Agora, KCI, 21st Century, Weiss Research, EBI Medical Systems, Sony, IBM, AT&T, Grumman, Crain Communications, McGraw-Hill, Intuit, and AlliedSignal.
Bob is the author of more than 70 books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Direct Marketing (Alpha), The Ultimate Unauthorized Star Trek Quiz Book (HarperCollins), The "I Hate Kathie Lee Gifford" Book (Kensington), The Science in Science Fiction (BenBella), and, with Bo Dietl, Business Lunchatations (Penguin).
He has published over 100 articles in magazines include Cosmopolitan, Direct, Business Marketing, Writer's Digest, and Amtrak Express.
Bob's writing awards include a Gold Echo from the Direct Marketing Association, an IMMY from the Information Industry Association, two Southstar Awards, an American Corporate Identity Award of Excellence, and the Standard of Excellence award from the Web Marketing Association. He also taught writing at New York University.
Bob has appeared as a guest on dozens of TV and radio shows including The Advertising Show, Bernard Meltzer, CNBC, and CBS Hard Copy. He has been featured in major media ranging from the LA Times and Nation's Business to the New York Post and the National Enquirer.
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"We're very pleased! The piece you wrote has at 43 days resulted in 204 orders and 165% ROI. I have submitted a new mail plan for a rollout for 200,000+ pieces. You'll be getting a royalty payment for this."
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"We're still running both projects you did for us last time. They're still pulling. Great stuff.
--John Leper, Stanford International
"The first four times your half-page, 2-color ad ran in Chemical Engineering, it was the highest inquiry generating ad in the magazine. It even outscored full pages and spreads."
--Bob Berner, Robert K. Berner Associates
"We still are using [the package you did for us]. It still beats all challengers to the control."
--Mark Friedman, Medical Economics
"Potence insert is looking good, currently projected to achieve a 3.64% response with a $60 (three units of purchase) average order."
--Glory Kneass, Drs. Preferred
"The Internet direct mail you wrote for us got an excellent response: 7.55% from a rented list of hard-to-excite prospects."
--Ken Paston, Studebaker-Worthington Leasing Corp.
"Bob, since working with you last fall on the plan to position Unique Truck as a source for all shop equipment, we have cut our catalog mailings 60% with no drop in sales. I look forward to a long relationship."
--Dick Stillwell, President, Unique Truck
"Sizzling stuff... very compelling... top shelf. Thanks for your quick turnaround."
--Patrick Kephart, MasterMedia
"All who reviewed your copy agreed it was terrific. Certainly it's the best DM copy I've ever had to work with, because you've hit the rare combination of good writing and a good knowledge of what you are writing about."
--Lois DeLong, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
"The copy is very good and certainly a fresh improvement on what we've done in the past. Thanks again for your help... the campaign was very successful."
--Scott Thompson, Federal Employees Almanac
"Congratulations. Your Forecasts & Strategies 'Internet Infrastructure' package is a winner... your piece is doing almost twice as good as our 'Y2K Sample Issue' mailing. I am looking forward to working with you again in the future."
--Chris Marett, Phillips Publishing
"Bob Bly, our marketing consultant, helped us produce over 8% response in less than 2 months after we started a marketing campaign. Not only did we get good numbers, we got inquiries from the cream of the crop on our target list. And, we generated about 350% increase in dollar business over the previous year."
--Sheila M. Anderson, President, Commercial Property Services
"The advanced renewal you wrote for Utility Forecaster is doing great! Mailed 4/29... 5.2% response (as of 5/27) and an average sale of $116. Thanks!"
--Lori Bethea, KCI Communications
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