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Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 Proposals That Sold And Why Paperback – March 1, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0471575177 ISBN-10: 0471575178 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471575178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471575177
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,123,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A successful agent explains how to create winning non-fiction book proposals. Takes writers step-by-step through 10 diverse proposals that were bought by publishers and describes why they worked. Includes information on cover and query letters as well as fiction proposals.

About the Author

JEFF HERMAN is President of his own very successful literary agency and has been profiled in Success, Entrepreneur, and Publishers Weekly. His other book for writers is The Insider’s Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents. DEBORAH M. ADAMS is an attorney, a literary agent, and a proficient "proposal doctor."

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2000
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Getting a book published on how to write a book proposal sounds like something that would be hard to do. One of the telling points of how good this book is that the authors explain how they did it: No one had ever developed a book that showed what makes for a successful proposal using actual proposals.
Like the Chinese philosopher would have said, seeing a successful proposal is worth 1,000 books about how to write one.
The examples are even more interesting because they are annotated for their good and bad points.
I am working on a business book proposal now, and four of the examples contained very valuable ideas and language that I need to capture for my proposal. I found it very practical, and marked up notes all over the text and examples. I will use this as a guide in my next redraft.
I must admit to being chagrined by how much my past successful book proposals fall short of the mark established here. But I would have been slow to improve without the benefit of these examples.
If I cannot write a good book proposal now, the fault will be mine, not that of the authors.
If you plan to write book proposals for nonfiction books, THIS BOOK IS A MUST!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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This book is a valuable resource for any writer who is even thinking of drafting a book proposal. The book's strength lies in its unique approach: it doesn't just TELL you how to write a successful proposal, it SHOWS you what one looks like, and discusses specifics that agents look for that can help set your proposal apart from all the others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 1999
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If you write nonfiction, get this book without delay. It tells the how and why of writing book proposals, and gives examples of proposals that actually sold books. Enormously helpful.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Daiss, M.A. on October 15, 2000
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This book gives excellent examples, with quick and concise advice on getting a proposal written. I sold my first nonfiction book, "In the Saddle: Exploits of the 5th Georgia Cavalry During the Civil War" in 1999 using "Write The Perfect Book Proposal." And last month I used it to prepare a proposal for my second book "Rebels, Saints & Sinners: Savannah Personalities of the Past." Yet, as useful as "How To Write A Perfect Book Proposal" is, I would also recommend reading one or two others to help flesh out more detail where Herman and Adams are somewhat vague. In this game the more knowledge you have, the better your chances of success.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Williams on February 25, 2000
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This book shows you how to do it. From start to finish, if you want to write a winning proposal, devour this book, and heed it's every word. Two months after reading this book and developing a working proposal, I received a contract from Random House for my book - Aha! - 10 Ways To Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas.
It worked for me, and it can work for you.
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