- Paperback: 184 pages
- Publisher: Write Now Publications (April 25, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932124640
- ISBN-13: 978-1932124644
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Proposals That Sell
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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.
Donna Clark Goodrich is the author of nineteen books and over 700 short stories and articles published to date. She now teaches at Christian writers conferences across the United States. Donna and her husband, Gary, have three children and two granddaughters. Donna began the annual Arizona Christian Writers Seminar in 1981, which she led for seven years.
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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?
The 21 secrets in this book will teach you what really goes on behind the closed doors of an editorial meeting. And they obviously work -- since Terry Whalin has published over 60 nonfiction books and also works as an acquisitions editor. His personal web of stories spun from a career in the publishing world make the book a dynamic read. And it's fun to learn about all the goofy stuff people do to try to get their foot in the door. (Yes, you get all the nitty-gritty details...Like the one about the writer who wanted to know if she could have a response over the weekend!)
What makes this book truly worth the money is that it's only a springboard into the topic of book publishing. It's filled with up-to-date websites that will further your education. Want to see a sample proposal that sold for six figures? It's in there. Want to see a list of agents, hear which conferences are the best, or learn about book marketing? Having this book will save you hours of surfing the web because you'll receive the author's list of the very best sites.
If you're planning a trip to a new place, you wouldn't dream of going without a map. And writing a book is a journey with the destination of getting your ideas into the minds of your readers. Whalin says, "With good writing skills and using the secrets in this book, you can beat the odds and get a contract." I'm sure the sequel will contain success stories from those who followed the author's advice!
--Reviewed by Heather Lynn Ivester
I will be using "Book Proposals That Sell" several more times as I provide the final re-write. This book is an invaluable resource and I recommend authors have this readily available.
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.