- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Write Now Publications (April 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932124640
- ISBN-13: 978-1932124644
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
W. Terry Whalin is an acquisitions editor at Morgan James Publishing. A former literary agent, Terry has published in over 50 magazines and written more than 60 books through traditional publishers. Several of Terry s books have sold over 100,000 copies. He is the creator of www.Right-Writing.com and www.TheWritingLife.ws. A popular speaker at conferences, Terry and his wife, Christine, live in Irvine, California.
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Yes, much of this advice is posted on the internet and you can find it for free, but I like the convenience and not having to search for what those things, print them out and keep them somehow or save the link and hope I remember to go back later and look for it. It's up to each person to weigh the cost of the book versus the time, research, and storage methods for the same information.
Yes, some of the advice is simple. However, if you've picked up very many books by self publishers, apparently the advice isn't common sense. (Please note, I am not bashing self published authors here. I have read several that I enjoyed quite a lot. I am simply agreeing with Mr. Whalin that not everyone understands the basics like spell-checkers are not going to find every spelling error in a manuscript.)
As some reviewers have pointed out, the book uses examples from publishers and authors that are Christian. While I don't understand the difference that makes in the mechanics of building a book proposal, I can understand that some won't like this. Ultimately, I understood that Mr. Whalin was pulling from his experience, which seems to be in the Christian publishing world.
Perhaps the book is not as grammatically correct as some would like, but I prefer it. It felt more like a conversation than a lecture, which encouraged me to keep reading. Other books I've tried on this subject came across very different, and while I forced my way through them, it was a chore. This book was easy, which to me, makes it more valuable.
It is not clear from the description of the book that it is primarily for non-fiction proposals. That is not to say that fiction writers will not find any value in the book, but you need to be prepared to find another resource that is specific to fiction genres.
Overall, I found great value in this book and it was well worth the money I paid for it. I can see it as a resource that I refer to multiple times as I build my next few proposals.
In Book Proposals That $ell, experienced author and editor Terry Whalin walks you through the proposal process step-by-step, even giving you a sample proposal at the end of the book. It also includes an excellent 20-page appendix from Michael Hyatt called "Writing a Winning Book Proposal."
Beyond the mechanics of the proposal process, Whalin gives readers an inside look into the publishing world--explaining how editors think, and how publishing houses make decisions. Trust me, fellow writers, you want to know how the decision-makers go about choosing which books to publish. Book Proposals That $ell will give folks like you and me a "leg up" on the difficult process of taking an idea and turning it into a published book.
I found myself writing a heading for each section to detail in my own proposal, leaving a space to work with it later, and continuing to read. I got a good overview and was left with the key sections I needed to work on.
What I was left with were clear statements and paragraphs for my proposal, with missing sections left blank for research or further thought. It was well organized.
The examples at the back helped me to bring it all together.
This book does exactly that. Not only is every step laid out clearly, Terry Whalin uses real life stories to illustrate each point. There are also examples of book proposals that sold.
I came across this book through a reference by Michael Hyatt, a former CEO of Thomas Nelson publishers. I figured if a CEO of a publishing company, who used to work as a literary agent (whose job it was to get book proposals sold) recommended this book, it must be good. And it is!
If you want a book that is written by an industry pro, that spells out the ins and outs of book proposals in every way, then this book is for you!