7 Days to Easy-Money: Get Paid to Write a Book
Task Three: Create a Work Log
Create a file on your computer as a diary for this project. Paste all the information you
gather while searching the Internet and while communicating with others in this log.
Date each entry. If you need to leave your project for a few days, you can read your
log to get back into the groove of your project.
What’s a book proposal?
A book proposal is a business document which convinces a publisher to buy your
book before you've written it. Your proposal says, in effect: "Hey, I've got a great idea
for a book which lots of people will want to buy. Do you want to publish it?"
Think of it as a combination brochure and outline of your proposed book.
There's a standard format of material that your book proposal will need to
cover. This doesn’t mean that you need to hew completely to this format. It's just a
guideline of topics your proposal must contain.
Your book proposal must contain:
, with the title, subtitle, author, word count of the completed book,
and estimated time frame for completion. You might state: "75,000 words,
completion three months after agreement".
An overview: a description of the book. This can be as short as a paragraph, or
several pages long.
The background of the author
. Your biography, as it relates to your expertise
for this book.
The competition in the marketplace. This is where you mention the top four or
five titles which are your book's competitors. (Note: if there are dozens of
competitors for your book, this is a good thing, because it means that the
subject area is popular. Your book will need to take a new slant.)
. This is where you describe how you will promote your book, both
before and after publication.
A chapter outline.
A title page