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Author 101 Bestselling Book Proposals: The Insider's Guide to Selling Your Work
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Gordon Wolf PhD
But, as the authors said, regarding the negativity and uphill climb: Don't let anyone talk you out of your dreams.
The book is bulging with everything a writer needs to thoroughly understand the process and your role in the author/agent/publisher triangle. The publisher holds the key to your success, the agent can help turn that key, and the author must propose and then write a darn good book.
They discussed the idea of having a platform for non-fiction writers. This means that you need to show you have a following through your speeches, workshops, columns, etc. Just writing about something you have passion about isn't always enough to get a book deal.
Authors do themselves a disservice by not researching their market and then being professional in every aspect, including query letter and proposal.
I liked the idea of writing a "Dear Reader" letter about what you plan to deliver to the reader. This forces you to be clear on your market and content's value.
Authors Rick and Robyn tell you what agents love and hate--and how to give them what they love. The subtitle of the book is: The Insider's Guide to Selling Your Work.
It took me forever to get through he book as I was highlighting, making notes and thinking about the excellent advice. The book covers the people, the steps, the process as well as specifics like query letters and proposals formats and cover letters. If you want to know about it, they have included it, including some excellent resources. Much needed in this competitive market.
Reality bites--but so does not pursuing your dream of being a published author--so keep at it.
Armchair Interviews says: These two respected authors have written, published and promoted authors so they know what they talk about. Author 101 covers it all.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Author 101 series of books are so detailed and well written. Although this one was published almost a decade ago, most of the advice presented still holds true in the... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by LC215
I read this book a long time ago and picked it up again as I was thinking about finishing off that book I started. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Lexi Paz
This book is the best resource for how to write a book proposal. The easy to follow, step by step instructions are written by a true authority in the publishing industry. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by The Power Shifter
When it's your first book or article you can often let your inexperience or insecurity over the next step prevent you from pursuing your dream. Read morePublished on October 26, 2012 by Jennifer A. Slater
Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman have compiled suggestion from over 40 experts to in the creation of this important project to help the novice author get their book... Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by Richard R. Blake
This summer I read several books to help me understand the publishing business and the submission of book proposals. Read morePublished on December 22, 2009 by James William Martin
I purchased the entire series of Author 101 and enjoyed each one. This book is very detailed, well worth the money, and will provide you with all that you ever need to know about... Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Tyneise Seaborough
While the information in this book is useful, it is specifically aimed at non-fiction authors. In addition, NF authors aiming at the mainstream - NY top 10, Oprah etc. Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by Earnest Mann
I'm often asked what one needs to do to get a book published and I always point to this book. In fact I order several for myself to pass out to friends.Published on February 27, 2008 by Joseph