- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Write Now Publications (April 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932124640
- ISBN-13: 978-1932124644
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author
A journalism graduate from Indiana University, Terry writes a wide spectrum of subjects and topics for the magazine and book marketplace--from children to teen to adult.
His latest books include Billy Graham, A Biography of America's Greatest Evangelist (Morgan James) and Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams (Morgan James Publishing). He is an active member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (the leading nonfiction writers group in the nation).
Also Terry is the creator of a popular site for writers at:
www.right-writing.com. Terry blogs about his life as a writer and editor at The Writing Life or www.thewritinglife.ws. Terry and his wife, Christine, live in Colorado.
Top Customer Reviews
Weeks pass. Months go by. Maybe even years. That idea just won't go away! So, finally you sit down at your computer and begin typing it out. You become engrossed in your topic -- swamped in research, personal anecdotes, and fresh twists on age-old issues. You're convinced every publisher will be clamoring for your book.
Unfortunately, if you send your masterpiece out without a bodyguard (an agent), it may end up in a tottering pile of manuscripts in the corner of an editor's office. Or worse -- it may not even make it to his desk because a first reader deemed it inappropriate for the publishing house.
Never fear. That's where Terry Whalin's book will save you the months and years of heartache as you turn your passion into print. He explains, "Many writers focus only on the creative aspects of writing a book and getting it published, but the executives inside a publishing house are business people who want to sell books and turn a profit at the end of the day. It's a delicate balance between creating the best possible product and assuring that each product has the best opportunity to sell into the market and reach the target audience."
BOOK PROPOSALS THAT SELL is 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. The author explains that more than 80% of nonfiction books are first sold as proposals. How can you capture an editor's interest? Where should you start?Read more ›
With examples, anecdotes and real experience this book hands the keys to open doors for those who wonder what the mystery is all about. The appendices are worth the price of the book.
Save your money. This thing is a piece of garbage.
Not only does Whalin share his expertise in the field of writing book proposals--he's written more than 60 himself--but he gives readers an insider's glance into the world of book publishing; which is quite valuable!
Knowing how to write a great book is only half the battle. If you don't impress the publishing houses with your proposal your book will sit on your computer or in your garage collecting dust. You'll never see a dime for your hard work and you'll probably give up writing altogether.
But thanks to Book Proposals That Sell you have the opportunity to not only learn how to write a great book proposal but to understand what publishers want, how they make their decisions, and what you can do to better your chances of getting a publishing contract. There's even a sample book proposal that sold for six figures!
If you're serious about making a living as a book author or you simply want to be a one-time wonder, you need a copy of Book Proposals That Sell.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Landing a publishing deal is a tricky thing these days. You have to be part writer and part marketer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julie Eason
This book is a "must have" for aspiring writers. I highly recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Debbie W.
I honestly wonder where all those positively raving reviews originate, and I highly doubt that any of those 5* reviewers actually composed, then successfully submitted a book... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Alex
Excellent, well-organized resource for tips/secrets to writing a successful non-fiction book proposal.Published 8 months ago by Of Books and Boys
Must admit I was surprised by this book. I've bought a lot of similar books trying to learn the information that's promised in this book. It's all here - and then some. Read morePublished 9 months ago by D. Hebert
This book helps writers present a manuscript to potential agents and publishers. When you finish reading you will be equipped to write a strong proposal for your ideaPublished 11 months ago by Onomas