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A Decent Proposal: How to sell your book to an Australian publisher Paperback – August 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Common Ground Publishing Pty Ltd (August 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 1863350454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863350457
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,761,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rhonda Whitton is best known to writers as a teacher of writing and author of The Australian Writer’s Marketplace.

Sheila Hollingworth is a freelance writer and cartoonist working primarily in the corporate sector. She has written across an extensive range of genres and publications including newspapers and professional newsletters and journals, corporate Annual Reports as well as training manuals and promotional materials.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Meanwell on November 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
It's a well-known fact that only one in 1000 unsolicited manuscripts will ever see the light of day. In fact, some of the larger NY publishers claim that figure is closer to 1:10,000.
Consequently, a lesser-known fact that will soon be more apparent is that writing a book is often the 'easy' part; getting it published is rather more challenging.
But help is at hand with 'A Decent Proposal'. It is one of several tomes professing to have the answer to every author's woes ~ and it lives up to this promise with simple, step-by-step advice on developing a comprehensive book proposal.
The real meat of the book proposal is covered in chapter five. It includes all of the important elements that make up a proposal. And it does it in great detail. The elements are:
* Cover letter
* Author's credentials
* Synopsis
* Market potential
* Chapter plan (or table of contents)
* Character profile (for fiction)
* Sample chapters
Without question, there is a real art to presenting a successful book proposal, which includes obvious (but often overlooked) points, such as selecting the most appropriate publishers (the number one gripe with publishers), and being able to present your book idea in a simple and succinct manner. Here's what the authors say:
"Many writers baulk at having to distill their story or concept down to so few words. The reality is, if you cannot articulate your book concept in 25 words or less, then the chances are that you do not understand the nature of your book."
'A Decent Proposal' covers all areas of publication, from preparing a manuscript and the proposal to dealing with agents and publishers.
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