The three questions agents and editors ask about your book proposal

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If you’re writing a nonfiction book, your proposal is crucial. It’s a complicated and diverse document. But for the acquisitions editor at a publishing house to make you an offer — or for an agent to represent you — you need only answer three questions: Is your idea a good idea? Can you write? Will … Continued

What to do when publishers reject your book proposal

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Your agent has sent out your proposal. Now the rejections are coming in. This is typical. It’s the rare proposal that interests all the editors to whom it’s pitched. What you learn from rejections Here are a few insights that can help you make use of what you learn from rejections: Expect rejection. This is … Continued

What to do when your book agent ghosts, rejects, or dumps you

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You finally got a literary agent to engage about your book proposal. Now they’re no longer getting back to you and things are stalled. How can you move forward? The first thing you need to accept is that, as friendly as agents may seem, they are transactional by nature, because they only get paid if … Continued

A publisher likes your proposal. Now what?

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So, you wrote a book proposal — maybe just a quick little query. You sent it to an editor at a traditional publishing house that somebody introduced you to. And they like it! Time to celebrate, right? Umm, no. You need to check your publisher-to-English dictionary first. The publisher-to-English dictionary Here are all the possible … Continued

10 things your business book needs and how to get them

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Business book authors dream big. But the size of your dream is less important than the intellectual ingredients you bring to the project. I know the power you get from being prepared — and the sinking feeling when you realize you’re missing something crucial. If this is your dream, your first step is to assemble … Continued

Everything you need to know to write and publish a book

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Disruption in the publishing industry is confusing for authors. Getting published in the traditional way is harder now, but there are a lot more ways to get a book done — and a lot more people who can help you. I’ve collected all my book wisdom into this post, with links to more detail. Potential authors … Continued