A few people ask me for some tips and resources on book proposals and so I wanted to provide them. Here are the three books that I felt very helpful in writing the proposal:
- How To Write A Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
- Writer The Perfect Book Proposal by Jeff Herman
- Women on Writing
I have also taken a few workshops on proposal writing and grant writing. Here the five main tips that I have picked up from these workshops:
- Make sure your book proposal is infused with your personality. You want the publisher to get a good idea of who you are and what you are about from reading the proposal. Make sure to highlight why you are the best person to write your book.
- Show off your books uniqueness. Highlight what sets your book apart from the others that are already in a similar market.
- Know your niche. Make sure that you highlight which niche market you are writing for and how you can contribute to the market. How will your book fit in and stand out in your particular niche? Why will readers in your niche market care about your book?
- Provide a hook. The hook should be one to two sentences that provides a snapshot of your book. It should be compelling and to the point.
- Answer important questions about your book: Why should your book be published? What in particular about your book makes it special or important?