The Fast-track Course on how to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

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Quill Driver Books, 2002 - 117 pagina's
The hard, cold fact about getting a book published is that without something close to divine intervention an author is going to have to write a sales piece, called a book proposal, that will attract the attention of an editor or an agent. In fact, at most publishers, this sales piece is going to have to hold up under the scrutiny of a committee made up of a bevy of editors and a pod of sales and marketing people. With The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal, Mettee, a seasoned book editor and publisher, cuts to the chase and provides simple, detailed instruction that allows anyone to write a professional book proposal and hear an editor say Yes! According to Mettee, the first rule is: Do no harm. Too many authors don't pay enough attention to the small things like spelling and grammar and manuscript format that are needed to make their book proposals appear professional. They may have a great idea for a book and be eminently qualified to write it but they schmuck it up with slovenly disregard for the easy stuff. The last rule is: Be persistent. If you quit after your first rejection slip or after the thirteenth or the thirtieth, you'll never get published. Many books that are rejected scores of times go on to be best-sellers. You're not defeated until you give up.
 

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The Query Letter
25
The Proposal
37
Sample Query Letter
61
Contents Page
66
Chapter Summaries 9
77
Sample Agency Contract
81
Nonfiction Book Proposal Checklist
100
City State
101
Glossary
107
Index
115
Copyright

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Over de auteur (2002)

Stephen Blake Mettee is author of The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal is president and publisher of Quill Driver Books/Word Dancer Press, Inc. (Sanger, California) Mettee holds a BA in journalism and has taught classes on publishing in a number of venues, including the University of California, Davis extension program. He has published scads of nonfiction articles on subjects ranging from publishing to parenting to business. He receives and evaluates dozens of nonfiction book proposals each year, and he publishes the best of the best of those he receives.

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