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Book Writing: Write Your Book the Easy Way

Want to write a book? It’s a process, and once you see how simple the process is, it will motivate you to write. Here it is in a nutshell.

1. Start With a Blurb: a Short Description

You need a blurb. Think of it as the anchor for your book. Go to a bookstore, and start reading the back cover material on books. This material is called a “blurb”, and it’s a description of your book.

However, it’s a description written in an interesting and intriguing way — essentially it’s promotional.

Before you start any book, you should write the blurb. You need to know what the book is about. It’s always amazing to me when I asked somebody what their book is about, and they can’t tell me. If you don’t have a handle on your book before you start writing, then you’re unlikely to complete it.

Expect writing your blurb to take time. Take as long as you need. It’s very much easier to change your blurb than it is to change your book when you’ve written 200 pages. Aim to write a blurb that is around 100 words long and which encapsulates exactly what you want to say in your book.

2. Outline Your Book: It Will Change As You Write

Your next step is to outline your book. Your blurb should make this relatively easy. Don’t worry about creating a fancy outline as you were taught in English class; a list will do just fine.

3. Write the First Chapter

Once you’ve completed the outline, write the first chapter. Write this chapter straight through. Don’t stop for anything, you need to keep up your forward momentum.

4. Create a Book Proposal

Now you’ve written the outline and first chapter, it’s time to sell your book.

You do this by creating a book proposal. All professional writers sell their books on proposals; this saves a lot of time and energy. Publishers would rather read proposals than read a complete manuscript (in fact most publishers won’t read a manuscript).

When you sell your book on proposal you have enough money to live on while you write the book.

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Book Proposals: How to Start Writing a Proposal That Sells

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Do you want to write a book proposal that sells? Here’s the answer: realize that it’s a sales document. You’re writing to persuade publishers that your book is worth investing in. You must persuade publishers that your book will make a profit, because too many books don’t.

1. Your Book in a Nutshell: Create a Blurb

Go to your local bookstore.

Spend half an hour or so there, reading the back cover material of books in both the fiction and nonfiction sections. You’re reading blurbs. The book’s author wrote the blurb and wise authors start a book by writing their blurb before they write anything.

Yes, your blurb needs to be written before you start writing your book: it encapsulates the book. Essentially, it’s a description.

The reason you write the blurb first is because any book morphs as you write it. As long as you have a blurb, you have a direction and a goal. Without a blurb your book starts of with a bang but never goes anywhere. I won’t say that it’s impossible to write a book without writing a blurb first half, but it’s much more difficult than it should be, and it will take longer too, because you wander down too many sidetracks.

Therefore your first step in writing your book proposal and indeed your book, is writing a blurb. Your blurb should encapsulate your book in no more than 100 words.

2. What’s Your Competition? (Competition Is Good)

Your book isn’t published in isolation. Around 1000 new books are published in English each and every week. Many of those books won’t make back the money that was invested in them. You can imagine that no publisher is interested in publishing duds. Therefore your publisher is very interested in the “competition” section of your book, as indeed you must be.

Write down five books, preferably bestsellers, which will be your book’s competition. Can’t find five books? If you can’t find at least five top-selling books in your subject area, then find another. Your book must have competition — competition shows that people are spending in that area.

Now, while competition is good, your book must not be an “me too” kind of book. It must have a point of difference. It must be appreciably different from its competitors, as well as compelling in its own right, before a publisher will consider it.

3. Build Your Platform: Marketing Is Everything

It comes as a horrible shock to most new authors when they discover that their publisher is not in the least interested in marketing their book. Even when you have a publisher, it’s up to you to market your book.

Marketing starts before you write your book.

These days, with the prevalence of blogs, marketing your book is easy.

Big tip: if there’s no interest in a blog on the topic of your book, find another topic. Start your blog before you write your book, and work hard to get readers. The more readers you get the more likely it is that a publisher will be interested in your book.

Your book proposal determines the fate of your book: it needs to be a professionally written sales tool. You can get help from Angela Booth. Not only is Angela a top copywriter, she’s also an author who’s been published by major publishers. Angela offers a complete book proposal service, as well as writing coaching. Discuss your project with Angela today.

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Writing and Selling Your Book: Why You Need a Great Proposal

If you’ve written a book, the first step in selling it is writing a book proposal. Your proposal is a sales tool for your book, and some writers will write this before they even write the book.

But why do you need a proposal? There are three major reasons.

1. Your Proposal Is a Sales Tool: It Convinces a Publisher to Invest in Your Book

Publishing books costs money. Depending on the amount of copies which are printed, your publisher will invest quite a sum in your book. As with every other investment, your publishing house wants to know that it will recoup its investment and even make a profit.

Therefore your proposal needs to contain every possible argument to show that your book is a good investment.

2. Your Proposal Shows That the Book Will Sell

Publishers receive many proposals each week. They don’t have time to research the topic or the market for your book. This means that the book needs to show the market for your topic, and that there are buyers for information on this particular topic.

Your book proposal must show that there are already books on this topic, and that these books sell well. Publishers are conservative and traditional, and if there aren’t bestsellers already in your niche, it’s unlikely your book will sell.

3. Your Proposal Shows Your Writing Style, and Provides a Sample of Your Material

Your publisher wants to know how you will approach your material. There will be other books which cover your topic. Your publisher wants to know whether your book is different, and in what way it’s different. The publisher needs to know that your book will sell at least as well as other books on the same topic, and preferably that will sell more.

If you’re writing on a hot topic or if you have a great story, then much will be forgiven you. However, here’s what won’t be forgiven: errors of fact, and overall sloppiness of presentation. Run a spell-checker, and check your punctuation.

Enjoy writing your book proposal; with luck, it will be the start of a long and profitable writing career.

Get your book proposal professionally written by a top copywriter

Your book proposal determines the fate of your book: it needs to be a professionally written sales tool. You can get help from Angela Booth. Not only is Angela a top copywriter, she’s also an author who’s been published by major publishers. Angela offers a complete book proposal service, as well as writing coaching. Discuss your project with Angela today.