How do you write a book proposal?
1. Select your main points.
2. Number those points.
3. Include some biographical material in a paragraph.
5. Start with a title, and under the title put your table of contents.
Numbering the sections within the chapters of your book helps you put your thoughts in the right place so that your book or other work of writing will easily flow from thought to thought and bridge the gaps between topics or chapters. You can use this format as a template when your write your own book proposals, but with your own subject and topic information.
You also can check out the books, Cover Letters, Follow-Ups, Queries & Book Proposals: Samples with Templates, and for sample book proposals, Writer's Guide to Book Proposals: Templates, Query Letters, & Free Media Publicity." Or see the book, Social Smarts Strategies That Earn Free Book Publicity: Don't Pay to Market Your Writing. Fiction writers might be interested in the book, Who's Buying Which Popular Short Fiction Now, & What Are They Paying?: How to Write, Customize, and Sell Tales Online. And for those who write dialogue and drama, check out the book, Ethno-Playography: How to Create Salable Ethnographic Plays, Monologues, & Skits from Life Stories, Social Issues.
Editors ask authors to write the genre of books the writer most often reads, but editors buy the kind of book the editors most often read
Also helpful is to browse for fiction, especially historical fiction, suspense adventure, and time-travel novel or short story and script or cinematic authors are some of the following books that you can browse in the public library, buy from Amazon.com or the publisher, or at no cost to you read in some university libraries in paperback.
Check out these books: How to Publish in Women’s Studies, Men’s Studies, Policy Analysis, & Family History Research: 25 Ways to Organize Your Communications Training Business, and Do You Have the Aptitude & Personality to Be A Popular Author?
Put your proposed book title this point: An example could be the following:
How to Prepare for a Seven-Figure Writing Career in The Business of Writing
Outline: What do almost all 7-figure writers have in common?
What resources to 7-figure writers use?
How to you get on track to a seven-figure writing career?
This is a reference book of resources, strategies, and techniques. About 40,000 words.
Put your own author's biography at this point in your book proposal. This is a sample author's biography below, which should take up a paragraph in the book proposal outline.
Author of numerous how-to books and booklets for writers (and career development books, scripts, and plays) listed at the author's website. Anne Hart holds a graduate degree in writing and was awarded KFMBTV (Channel 8 News) Harold Keen graduate scholarship in professional writing in 1977. Winner of Mensa National Essay Writing Competition Scholarship, 1979. Wrote popular book: Winning Resumes for Computer Personnel, Barron's Ed. Series, NY 1998. In another book, Hart's 1997 book on writing for the new media made #15 on the best-sellers list of computer books on journalism and technology (writing for the digital media). Independent journalist and book author/editor since 1959. Book and software reviews writer. Columnist and frequent online teacher on the subject of “The Business of Writing.”
Place the title of your book in your book proposal outline at this point. Please don't click on the links in the table of contents as they are meant as a template guide when you write your own book proposal and link to your informational sources.
Table of Contents
- Training in the Business of Writing and the Writing of Business
3.1 E-book World
4. Finding Paying Markets for Freelance Writers
5. Using Media Directories
6. Electronic Marketing for Writers
5.9 Electronic Pages
5.10 E-mail Marketing
- Marketing Strategies for Writers
8. Associations for Writers Targeting the Business of Writing
The Business of Writing for the Digital and Print Media
The business of writing for beginners, intermediate, and advanced freelancers and those seeking staff jobs reaches the print media through the digital media. You get to the print media through the digital, the online media.
Here’s how you begin launching and jumpstarting your writing career by positioning to gain media visibility long before you publish. The business of writing also means learning to promote and sell your writing through the writing markets and many other industries.
You can check out some of these websites below if you're looking for writer's groups or services for writers and editors online. Publishers can also use these links to research what services are available to writers as the field is constantly changing.
Below you'll find a directory for writers of some the best sites that provide information and services to independent writers and editors
If you're writing a book proposal you can use this type of format to organize your thoughts before you send your proposal outline to a publisher. Here below is a sample template that you can follow to get your thoughts on paper. Just select a subject that you've researched, are familiar with, and have expertise in. And design your own book proposal.
At that point you'd be in a position to write a book or to work with a ghostwriter if you're a professional such as a physician who needs to fish out the writing of a book to a co-author or ghostwriter. If you're doing the work yourself, putting your thoughts on paper like you see below, but using your own topic, you can organize your outline. Here you can take a look at the directory of websites regarding services and information for writers.
Training Beginners in the Business of Writing and the Writing of Business
This is a sample directory and guide to services for writers and writer's associations. These are working links to actual cultural and business services that tailor their occupation to training or offering information to writers and other communicators in the media.
Provides on-site, customized seminars in business writing skills. The seminars are practical and tailored especially for employee needs. Yvonne Alexander founded Alexander Communications, a San Francisco-based company, in 1986 to help her clients increase profits and persuasiveness by developing effective writing skills. Trainers will visit your site.
Online, Instructor-Led Business Writing Courses Business Writing Workshops at Company Sites. Currently, over 400 students from 158 companies in 12 countries taking 15 online business writing courses to enhance their work performance and success.
The Basic Grammar for Business Writing workshop is for people who have a good command of the English language, but need to make their sentences and paragraphs clearer, or who show a small number of consistent errors in grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling. It is suitable for non-native speakers of English as well as people who are native speakers.
Thousands of jobs are listed with free salary information as well as compensation packages, stock options, and bonus information. Select the Media designation.
This is a Web site where words get results. Site is created by Al Bredenberg Creative Services.
This magazine is the online cooperative "reporter's newspaper."
Practical advice books on how to use the Internet to further your writing career and market your writing.
Instructional Solutions: Instructional Solutions Online is a leader in online business writing training. Writing services and training materials at this training site for business writing. All of their training is instructor-led, providing personalized coaching and evaluation of writing tasks. The training offered measures and improves skill gaps, tracks progress, and boasts a 96% completion rate across programs. Instructional Solutions is very proud to have been chosen by FedEx University and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to provide online business writing training to their employees worldwide, including clients from 11 nations.
Moira Allen’s book, Writing.com: Creative Internet Strategies to Advance Your Writing Career offers practical advice with chapters on finding markets online, electronic rights, netiquette, joining online discussions, Web site construction and online publishing, including at the end of each chapter, lists of relevant online resources for writers.
The rules are excerpted from "The Perfect Letter" published by Scott Foresman, with a link to the book.
Skills are taught at this site to prepare successful business proposals for potential customers or clients, structure of a business proposal as a series of slots into which you put persuasive information. The training also teaches methods of persuasion and effective, clear, correct writing. Grant writing is also taught at the Business Writing Center as is public relations writing and copywriting.
Writers Conferences and Seminars
Offering conferences, networking, and information on writing and publishing as well as all other business aspects of the e-book marketplace.
Conferences, marketing resources, circulation data, surveys, and events.
Finding Paying Markets for Freelance Writers
Finding Writing Markets Online
Online sources for finding the latest print markets: electronic newsstands, publication Web sites and guideline databases. Electronic newsstands help you find e-markets for writing.
Book and resource directory on 25 home-based online businesses to start for writers and other creative people such as producers, organizers, artists, entrepreneurs, Web designers, and other visionaries at home and on shoestring budgets.
Online listing of writing markets and databases on marketing your writing.
These may link you to guidelines on a publication’s Web site.
To send review copies of books and freelance article queries to publications listed in media directories.
The All-in-One Media Directory
PR Media Directory: Newspapers Radio TV Magazines:Press releases,
Faxes, e-mail, publicity, and freelance. Media directory includes TV and radio stations, daily and weekly newspapers, and consumer and trade magazines.
An alphabetical listing of leading publishers in the United States, and links to their web sites.
Electronic Media Directories
Distribute your Web firm’s press releases to media outlets throughout the world using the services and resources provided by Press Flash. Press release writing services are also provided.
E-Publications Directors Resource List
If you want to write for electronic publications, see these e-publications directories. At this site you can find out information on writing for electronic markets.
This publication is the e-zine that advises and offers information for people who write or publish content on the Web. Find out where to write for other electronic magazines. Offers online options for frustrated journalists.
American Minorities Media
American Minorities Media is a subsidiary of Market Place Media, the leading media
placement company reaching specialized markets.
Media and promotions solutions for reaching specialized markets such as senior citizens, minorities, military, students, and others. Also media analysis is offered.
Freelance Editorial Association
(Includes desktop publishers)
The current online Yellow Pages, published annually since 1997, includes listings by skills as well as a specialties index. This association published the hardcopy, Yellow Pages, a listing of Association members who wished to advertise their skills and specialties, between 1989 and 1999.
International Journalists Associations: Are you traveling abroad as a writer?
If you write about overseas subjects or travel, you’ll find the International Center for Journalists’ online source full of training information and media directories.
Writers interested in South Asian features, covering the people, businesses, and processes that impact South Asia will find excellent resources in this association and its publications.
The International Women's Writing Guild, headquartered in New York and founded in 1976, is a network for the personal and professional empowerment of women through writing.
Pressbox is the UK online press center offering press release and copywriting services providing a professional resource for news, press releases, and postings to carefully targeted audiences.
List of South American, Canadian, and US writers’ organizations. This site contains a fine list of writers’ associations and language translation firms.
Rural Press Interactive outlines opportunities to target specific markets throughout Australia, includes metro, regional and rural. The association brings press and Internet together with a network of publications and sites.
The development journal of the International Informatics Institute is called Electronic Pages. It offers at the site, articles, forums, and announcements of conferences as well as great advice on writing for the electronic market
Marketing Strategies and Techniques for Writers
This site offers a list of 101 marketing tips, Cassell Success Guide, and some links for writers, such as if you “want to break into advertising, go to church.” Published by Cassell Network of Writers, Cassell Communications, Inc.
Writers Information Network (WIN). Christian writers information network and advice. Excellent site for writers interested in writing for the Christian markets and quality Christian writing.
If you need to raise funds for a worthy cause, or to publish your own book, look at these tips on how to pan a fundraiser by an excellent Internet fundraising company.
Sisters in Crime combats discrimination against women in the mystery field, educates publishers, the public, and mystery writers and readers as to the inequalities in the treatment of female authors, and raises the awareness of their contribution to the field.
Mystery Network. Mystery entertainment and information for mystery fans and enthusiasts
Network with other mystery writers here for news, mystery releases, and look at the resource directory for mystery writers, Deadly Directory.
Romance Writers Associations
RWA is a non-profit professional/educational association of 8,400 romance writers and other industry professionals.
Harlequin publishers runs this site for romance readers and writers. Gives writers a picture of what readers expect as it focuses on readers.
Writers under 18 may publish their writing on the site.
Writing club for young writers from 12 to 24 with online publishing resources, help, and forums.
Templates available on site to help writers track reader feedback or responses from proofreaders or agents and editors.
Excellent, timely informational articles on preventing your written work from being used without your permission electronically. Offers articles on all aspects of prevention of abuses to writers at work, including independent writers. Job referral listings and other services as union.
This is the largest union in America of journalists, printers, publishers, telecommunications workers, broadcast workers, and others involved in communications from writers to telephone company employees and broadcasters.
Note: There are dozens of associations for writers of many specialties. Check your local library for the names of all the societies that focus on the type of writing you do such as medical, technical, general, crafts, legal, scripts, news, science, aeronautics, or other writing specialties.
Training in the Business of Writing and the Writing of Business
Here’s how to get buzz appeal, that is, achieve visibility, credibility, and respectability in the media before or after you find a publisher for your work by making it possible for a popular media person to write about you and discuss what you write in a feature or news article. Published in the Internet Writing Journal.
How to write, promote, market, and publish inspirational material, also religious and motivational works. Writing for the inspirational markets. Published in the Internet Writing Journal.
(Audio excerpts) from the magazine, Creative Nonfiction
Audio excerpts online on the definition and discussion of what is creative nonfiction for writers interested in writing for this genre.
“The primary source for serious hypertext,” -- Robert Coover, The New York Times Book Review. The role of narrative in the Web experience is a pressing concern throughout the Web world, from entertainment to e-commerce. Subscribe to electronic roundtable newsletter, E-Narrative.
Read how and why the decline in self-employment has accelerated since 1997.
Smaller, specialty publications proliferate in a contracting publishing world. Daily newspapers are merging and offering content online. New products require writers to repackage the product and write tutorials as well as the news about the tutorials and products.
Programs allow the writer to integrate all parts of a publisher's home pages on the web.Like a desktop publishing editor, the digital writer now creates a page by combining news stories, pictures, headlines, photos, and rules onto a single computer file. This creates new job opportunities for the journalist worried about finding work.
Check out the book: A Case Study Creating a Parallel Electronic Publishing Line by Gordon Burgett, from the December 2000 issue of the ASJA Newsletter, is an excellent article on electronic publishing by the author of Publishing to Niche Markets, by Gordon Burgett. Find a need and fill it.
Grant Proposal Writing Instruction
How to get grant guidelines and sample proposals so you can write a research grant proposal.
Instruction and techniques in writing great institutional grant proposals adapted from Bob Lucas’s workshop.
How to write proposals for grants. Methods of how to implement your idea. Article and free instruction site offered by the Intensive American Language Center of Washington State University. Excellent article on how to write grant proposals. The Intensive American Language Center's site on Grant Proposal Writing is adapted from a workshop by Bob Lucas.
This magazine offers excellent articles online or by subscription. See archived articles online specializing in creative nonfiction, including essays. Check out: “Traps,” by Lee Martin.
Also issue #14, Creative Nonfiction, “What Men Think, What Men Write,” contains two articles than can be read online.
See issue #12, Creative Nonfiction, Emerging Women Writers II, “ The Old Sort: of Connemaras & Sweet Corn,” by Caroline Nesbitt.