In the process of trying to find a royalty publisher for your book, editors are going to want to see a book proposal before they want to see your completed manuscript.
Because publishers will spend anywhere between $25,000 and $100,000 to publish your book. They want to be part of the creative process. They also want to make sure you understand who your exact target market is, who your competition is and how you plan to market the book once it is published.
So, how do you get the ball rolling? How do you actually write a book proposal? What are the key elements that go into one? Before we get to the list, understand that the elements below don't have to be in any specific order (with the exception of the Title Page). You just need to make sure you have included all of these elements. Also, make sure to single space the proposal, except for the sample chapters (those should be double spaced).
Okay, let's get to the key elements:
An average book proposal is at least 20 pages and as long as 40-50 pages.
Here are a couple of extras you may choose to include in your book proposal:
This article is meant to be a general guideline. Follow the specific writer's guidelines found on each publisher's website.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.