It’s day eighteen of The Writer Mama Back-to-School Giveaway! That means today’s book is How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen.
This newly revised edition of the Writer’s Digest classic is the definitive resource for crafting effective book proposals. Michael Larsen details every step clearly and concisely.
Readers will learn how to:
- Test market the potential of a book idea and effectively communicate that potential in a proposal
- Choose the best editors and publishers for a particular proposal
- Create a professional-looking proposal package
- Predispose a publisher to make their best offer
Larsen also provides insights into recent changes in the publishing industry, updated trend information, new sample proposals, expanded instructions for creating outlines, plus guidelines for becoming an effective self promoter.
Born and educated in New York City, Michael Larsen worked in promotion for three major publishers: William Morrow, Bantam, and Pyramid (now Jove). He and his wife, Elizabeth Pomada, moved to San Francisco in 1970. They started Michael Larsen – Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agents, Northern California’s oldest literary agency, in 1972. Since then, the agency has sold books, mostly by new writers, to more than 100 publishers. He is a member of AAR and represents non-fiction.
Michael also wrote How to Get a Literary Agent and Literary Agents: What They Do, How They Do It, and How to Find and Work With the Right One for You and The Worry Bead Book: The World’s Oldest Way to Beat Stress. With Hal Zina Bennett, he wrote How to Work with a Collaborator. With Jay Conrad Levinson and Rick Frishman, Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. With his wife Elizabeth, Michael wrote the Painted Ladies series of books on Victorian architecture.
If you are new to the giveaway, please read “Da Rules.”
Today’s question is…
If you’ve written and sold a book based on a proposal already, please share with us what you did to give your proposal a competitive edge. If you haven’t sold a book on a proposal, would you like to try? Why or why not? What’s stopping you?
Give me the goods in 50-200 words, please. 🙂
Before you go! WE HAVE A CAUSE TO RAISE MONEY FOR THIS YEAR! Please read the story about the Applin family here and consider making a small contribution at some point during the giveaway. We’re aiming for $100/day collectively. Please help us help the Applin family adopt two beautiful children from Russia. 🙂