Hot Tip for Propsals #18

How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen

Ninety percent of nonfiction books are sold with proposals. Here are five reasons why:
1. Writers need money to write the book.
2. Writers don’t want to risk writing the book and then find that they can’t sell it.
3. The book is on a subject in the news, so the writers want a commitment to publish the book before writing it.
4. Agents make living selling books, so they want to sell them as profitably as soon as they can.
5. Editors prefer to receive proposals for most books. They’re faster to read, and editors enjoy the creative satisfaction of helping writers shape their books. A complete manuscript deprives them of that opportunity. Editors may also be more excited by what they imagine the manuscript will be rather than what it is.

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