7 Days to Easy-Money: Get Paid to Write a Book
Why write a proposal first?
All non-fiction books are sold on proposal. A book proposal is much easier to sell
than a complete book.
Here are some of the reasons:
It's easier to read a 20 or 30 page proposal than a 400 page book;
It's easier to make changes in the book's concept at the proposal stage;
With a proposal, the publisher, in the person of your editor, can take
ownership of the book. It's like bespoke tailoring: the editor feels that the book
has been specifically written for the publishing house.
Even if you decide to write your book first, you'll need to create a proposal once
you've written it. No agent or publisher is interested in reading an entire book to
assess its viability. That's the proposal's job: to ensure that your book has a niche in
the marketplace. As you do your research for the proposal, you'll work out whether or
not your book is likely to sell. You can shape the book at the proposal stage, much
more easily than you can when it’s a huge stack of print or a giant computer file.
Sometimes you may get an idea for a book, but the idea is amorphous, it
doesn’t have a real shape. You may want to write several thousand words to see
whether the book becomes clearer in your mind. But write the proposal before you
write more than ten thousand words, because your book must target a specific group
How do you write a book proposal?
You write a proposal step by step. In this ebook, we'll work on your book proposal
together. Each chapter has tasks for you to complete. Once you've completed all the
tasks, you'll have a book proposal which has an excellent chance of selling.
Here's what we'll cover:
(Day One) Getting an idea for your book.