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The Process:

STEP 1: Sample query Letter

Date: January 1, 2030 [You must insert a date for the Agent/Publisher files].
Subject: Manuscript Submission Request [We have to know what this letter is so it can be forwarded to the proper person.]

Status: Simultaneous submission (or proprietary submission). A completed project (or manuscript near completion)[Tell the agent/publisher you are or are not submitting this query letter to other agents and publishers. Be aware most book agents/publishers frown on simultaneous submissions! Tell them if this is a finished project or not. It is best to only query when the project is finished.]

Represented by:Author (or ABC Literary Agency (000-000-0000) ). [Inform agent/publisher if you have an agent here or not. Include agent’s phone number or E-mail address.]
Dear Agent (or Publisher)[A name would be better, but this will work]

I am requesting permission to submit my manuscript for your evaluation. The working title, “Bald Monkeys of the Amazon Jungle” is a 180 page single-space (or double-space) typed comedy/humor manuscript with 24 illustration (or, photos), of a woman who tries to save these city-invading monkeys despite all odds of success. Federal and local authorities resist all efforts to preserve these lovable creatures and our hero must persevere retaliation from high places.[This query tells it all in just one short paragraph. Do not send long descriptions in a query letter. Agents and publishers have no time to read long drawn-out descriptions. The title of the book should be in Italics, as shown. The title of this book is not compelling or marketable and must be revised. Make certain you mention the title of your book. We receive many queries with the author omitting the title! Also, notice the page count. We need to know how large or small this manuscript is.] This manuscript has been professionally edited and is ready to be published. [This opens the doors and gets books published!]

The market for this book will be animal lovers, conservationist, and readers of the thriller genre. [Tell us who would most likely buy this book, but not much detail here. Just a few ideas.]

This book is better than others on the market, as it is a true story [or based on a true story] [or, it is a powerful story of the human will to persevere against overwhelming odds]. The book is educational in many aspects, so the reader is not only drawn into the story, but learns how corrupt governments function and how the monkeys struggle to survive in a shrinking habitat. There is a happy ending. [Agent or publisher now has basic marketing information to make a decision. The only problem here is the writer mentions there is a happy ending. This is not professional. Never keep an editor hanging. You must describe how the story ends in brief detail. “The monkeys are set free to live in peace for ever.”]

[Informing the editor the manuscript has been professionally edited will increase your probability of being published 1,000% or more!] An S.A.S.E. is enclosed [Let the reader know you have enclosed the S.A.S.E.’s. You should include two S.A.S.E.’s: A #10 S.A.S.E. letter envelope and a large S.A.S.E. to return the manuscript, or at least the #10 if you do not want your manuscript returned. Then write it out this way…] Letter S.A.S.E. enclosed. No need to return manuscript.
I look forward to hearing from you. [No begging, pleading or cutting deals. Just a simple invitation.]

Sincerely,

John Doe [Your real name is required, not an E-mail user name]
000 East Street [list your entire mailing address. Some firms will not respond via E-mail, but will do so using postal mail. If you fail to give your full address, you may receive no response, or an instant rejection. It is unprofessional to not list your entire address. If you don’t like doing this over the internet, then stop sending E-mails and use the postal service. Never send unprofessional communications to any agent or publisher.]

New York, NY 00000 [City, State, Zip required. Some publishers will not respond to you by E-mail. They will read your E-mail and then contact you by postal mail.]
Phone: 000-000-0000 [Include your telephone number. Fax is optional.]
E-mail: jrpub562002@yahoo.com [Write out your E-mail address here! Do not rely on the headers in the e-mail, as they often do not work! We receive hundreds of queries wit defective E-mail address and we can’t respond to the writer. Some E-mail book subjects were so good we wanted to publish, but the writer failed to include the E-mail address or a postal mailing address. We feel sorry for writers who make mistakes like this. Don’t be one of them! Insure the E-mail address is hot, not just typed, so the reader can simply click on the address to respond. Test your E-mail link by mailing a copy to yourself. We receive many E-mails that are “undeliverable” and the writer receives no response.]

Spelling errors: Do the best you can to cut the errors down to zero. One error will find its way in no matter how hard you try to make your query letter perfect. Every book has typos and grammar rule violations that the editor or typesetter did not catch. It just happens.

Step 2: Book Proposal

1. Cover page and the proposal’s table of contents
Long proposals should have a table of contents.
2. Overview
A two-page summary of your entire proposal. Write it last—it needs to sing and present a water-tight business case. Think of it as the executive summary.
3. Target market
Who will buy this book? Why will it sell? Avoid generic statements like these:
A Google search result on [topic] turns up more than 10 million hits.
A U.S. Census shows more than 20 million people in this demographic.
An Amazon search turns up more than 10,000 books with “dog” in the title
These are meaningless statistics. The following statements show better market insight:
Three major sites focus on my topic at [URLs], and none of them have been updated since 2009. When I posted current information about this topic on my site, it became the leading referral of traffic for me, with more than 100 people visiting each day as a result.
Media surveys indicate that at least 50% of people in [demographic] plan to spend about $1,000 on their hobby this year, and 60% indicated they buy books on [topic].
The 5 most highly ranked titles on Amazon on this topic are now all at least 5 years out of date. Recent reviewers complain the books are not keeping up with new information and trends.
4. Competitive analysis
This section analyzes competing book titles and why yours is different or better. (Resist trashing the competition; it will come back to bite you.) Don’t skimp here—editors can tell when you haven’t done your homework. Also, researching and fully understanding the competition and its strengths/weaknesses should help you write a better proposal.
Whatever you do, don’t claim there are NO competitors to your book. If there are truly no competitors, then your book might be so weird and specialized that it won’t sell.
Most importantly, don’t limit yourself to print book titles when analyzing the competition. Today, your greatest competition is probably a website, online community, or well-known blogger. Your proposal should evaluate not just competing print books, but also websites, digital content, and online experts serving the same audience. Google your topic and the problem it solves. What terms would people search for if they wanted information or a solution? What turns up? Is it easy to get needed and authoritative information? Is it free or behind a pay wall?
Where do online experts and authorities send people for more information? Do they frequently reference books? Ask your local librarian where they would look for information on the topic you’re writing about.
For more help on this, see my post: How to Identify Top Websites and Blogs in Your Category
In many nonfiction topics and categories, the availability of online information can immediately kill the potential for a print book unless:
You have a very compelling platform and means of reaching your target audience, and they prefer books.
You already reach an online market and they are clamoring for a book.
You are writing something that isn’t best served through an online experience.
Many book ideas I see pitched should really start out as a site or community—even if only to test-market the idea, to learn more about the target audience, and to ultimately produce a print product that has significant value and appeal in its offline presentation.
5. Author bio and platform
Explain why you’re perfect to write and promote the book. More on this below.
6. Marketing and promotion plan
What can you specifically do to market and promote the book? Never discuss what you hope to do, only what you can and will do (without publisher assistance), given your current resources.
Many people write their marketing plan in extremely tentative fashion, talking about things they are “willing” to do if asked. This is deadly language. Avoid it. Instead, you need to be confident, firm, and direct about everything that’s going to happen with or without the publisher’s help. Make it concrete, realistic, and attach numbers to everything.

Weak
I plan to register a domain and start a blog for my book.

Strong
Within 6 months of launch, my blog on [book topic] already attracts 5,000 unique visits per month.

Weak
I plan to contact bloggers for guest blogging opportunities.

Strong
I have also guest blogged every month for the past year to reach another 250,000 visitors, at sites such as [include 2-3 examples of most well-known blogs]. I have invitations to return on each site, plus I’ve made contact with 10 other bloggers for future guest posts.

Weak
I plan to contact conferences and speak on [book topic].

Strong
I am in contact with organizers at XYZ conferences, and have spoken at 3 events within the past year reaching 5,000 people in my target audience.
The secret of a marketing plan isn’t the number of ideas you have for marketing, or how many things you are willing to do, but how many solid connections you have—the ones that are already working for you—and how many readers you NOW reach through today’s efforts. You need to show that your ideas are not just pie in the sky, but real action steps that will lead to concrete results and a connection to an existing readership.
7. Chapter outline or table of contents
Briefly describe each chapter, if appropriate.
8. Sample chapters
Include at least one—the strongest, meatiest chapter. Don’t try to get off easy by using the introduction.

ELEMENTS OF THE NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL:
Title Page
As usual, your title page should list your name and contact info, a word count, and the title of your book. The title will be your “working title,” since the publisher ultimately has control over the final, published title, but be sure that yours describes the content accurately. You shouldn’t rely on a subtitle to do the heavy lifting either, since they are rarely included in electronic catalogs.
Summary/Synopsis (optional, 1 page maximum)
Here’s where you present your “hook.” The summary should start with a strong, short description of the premise of your book and what makes it stand out. With any luck, it’ll lure the agent into reading the rest of your proposal, and then you can reel him/her in! Continue on to explain the rest of the book, but be sure you’re making it clear what you’re selling. If the point of your book is buried in a long paragraph instead of right up front, an agent is likely to pass on it.
Chapter Outline (1 to 2 paragraphs per chapter)
This will give your prospective editor a general idea of the whole book using one- to two-paragraph summaries of each chapter. Each chapter should have a unique point that adds to the overall meaning of the manuscript, so use the outline to that purpose. Short and sweet is the goal, but remember to give enough information on each chapter to entice the reader.
Market
What current trends are going to influence people to pick up your book? Think about the audience you’re targeting and how your writing will address their needs. Instead of having a niche audience, you’ll want your audience to be as broad as possible (i.e. “people in relationships” vs. married couples without children in the Midwest).
They say there’s nothing new under the sun—so if your idea has been done before, this is also a good place to mention how your book does it differently, or better than the competing books out there.
Author Information
If you’re writing a self-help book, you’ve obviously got to have the experience to be telling people what to do. What are your qualifications? Your writing credentials, contacts, and of course your education are all things you’ll put in this section of your proposal. If you don’t have any formal training or other connections but are still uniquely suited to be writing your book, focus on your personal perspective, your unique experiences, and what sets you apart.
Also mention any connections you have—if you’ve got a famous friend in line to write a foreword or endorsements, for instance. Do you have any affiliations or bookstore appearances under your belt? How about ideas for sequels or spin-offs? The agent will want to hear about these, as well as your background in media coverage, following of readers, publishing credits, and any other notable aspects of your writer platform.
Specifications Of Your Unfinished Book
Your approximate word count, the estimated completion date, and the number of chapters (usually 9 to 15—if you have fewer than 9 chapters, make sure you have enough material to be submitting a finished product!). Also note here if your book is going to have any illustrations, charts, or graphs, and give an idea of the general format. But remember to be flexible: Like the title, the format is ultimately in the publisher’s hands.
Table Of Contents
The list of chapters included in your book and their titles.
Sample Chapters
Send one or two completed chapters (preferably the first two) to give the agent a sense of your writing style and what tone you’re going for.
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As always, use 12 pt Times New Roman or Arial. The classics are classics for a reason.
Write your proposal in a similar style to your completed book. If the tone of your book is laid-back and easygoing, your proposal should be too.
Edit, edit, edit, and proofread, proofread, proofread. Make sure you catch every error, and use the cleanest, whitest paper you have. If you accidentally leave a coffee ring on one of your pages, don’t just let it go. You could have the next Men Are From Mars on your hands, but if your execution is sloppy, the agents will pass right over it!
And don’t think that you should be any less careful when doing e-submissions. Typos or other carelessness in an electronic submission—like not including a word count or the genre as requested in the guidelines—make just as bad an impression as smudges on a paper submission.
What about fiction?
If you’ve written a novel, you still need a book proposal but it will look slightly different. The most important thing with fiction is the writing itself, so your sample chapters must truly shine to capture an agent or editor’s attention.
However, just like with non-fiction, the author’s involvement in marketing is of utmost importance. So, much of your proposal will look similar to a non-fiction proposal because it’s about YOU and how you can help market your own book.
In a fiction proposal, you’ll be most successful at capturing attention if your first page includes a killer “hook” and a concise synopsis that doesn’t necessarily tell the whole story, but intrigues the reader enough that they feel they MUST read your book.

   Publishing Packages
Basic $2500
This economical package provides multiple options and includes all the elements required to turn your manuscript into a quality paperback book. Your book will be listed in the industry’s leading online book distribution network and will be available for order on a network of online retail outlets worldwide including Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and Amadeus online bookstore.
The Basic service includes:
Design and image features:
Choice of six book cover templates
Choice of six interior templates
Up to 10 allotted interior graphics and tables and author photo

Production features:
Availability of your book in paperback format
Availability of your book in e-book format
Ability to track book production through our website
Electronic galley
1 round of alterations & corrections service (up to 100 corrections) More extensive editing is done at .007 per word.

Post-publication features:
One (1) Paperback Author Copy
Five (5) Paperback Copies*
Ten (10) Book Stubs
Amazon Look Inside
Registration with Books In Print® database
Assignment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Book and author webpages
Online book sales and royalty accounting
Quarterly royalty payments

Marketing Features:
40 business cards
40 bookmarks
40 postcards
5 posters

Executive Package – $4,800

Executive service, premium value. This package provides all the elements of a premium package, plus everything you need to create a best seller. It is the perfect alternative for authors who want to deliver a first-class book to a vast literary marketplace.
The Executive service includes:
Design and image features:
Customization of cover and interior
Consultation with graphic designer
Allotment of author-supplied cover images and author photo
Up to 10 allotted interior graphics and tables

Production features:
Availability of your book in paperback format
Availability of your book in hardback format
Availability of your book in e-book format
Data Entry Service
Copyediting Service
Citations-Footnotes & Endnotes
Ability to track book production progress through our website
Electronic & paper galley
3 rounds of alterations & corrections service (up to 100 words.) More extensive editing is done at .007 per word.

Post-publication features:
One (1) Paperback Author Copy
One (1) Hardback Author copy
Thirty (15) Paperback Copies
Ten (10) Hardback Copies
Fifty (40) Book Stubs
Amazon Look Inside
Registration with Books In Print® database
Assignment of International Standard Book Number (ISBN)
Online book sales and royalty accounting
Quarterly royalty payments
U.S. Copyright registration
Library of Congress registration

Marketing Features:
40 business cards
40 bookmarks
40 postcards
5 posters
Standard Press Release

Services

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