THE ELEMENTS OF A BOOK PROPOSAL

The elements of a book proposal all have to be included in what is a marketing piece that will convince the recipient that your book is marketable. You will need a book proposal even if you have the entire book written. To write a book proposal, start with an overview describing the book, why it fills a…

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BUILDING AN AUTHOR PLATFORM

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If you have no author platform whatsoever but want to write a book, you face two big challenges. The first is that you will have no feedback from actual fans of your work and ideas as you start to create a book to serve their needs. A book is as much about your audience as you. Get to know who they are by beginning to build an author platform from scratch. And your second challenge? Gathering email addresses of people who are interested in what you have to say and who are likely to buy your book, and even likely to promote it to others online using social media, email, and other means, without you having to pay them. Yes, your fans can help you sell your book. So meet challenge number one and challenge number two and start building an author platform and following now.

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HOW TO BUILD AN AUTHOR PLATFORM AND FOLLOWING FOR YOUR BOOK IN 7 STEPS

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An author platform is a means of bringing your book, work, and brand to the attention of potential book buyers. Building an author platform means figuring out how what you have to say fits in with the needs of customers—and how to get your messages out to those book buyers through public appearances, social media, and traditional media. To start building an author platform, follow these 7 steps and begin to create a following for your book now, regardless of where you are in the process of writing it.

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FIVE KEYS TO MAKING YOUR SELF-HELP BOOK A HUGE SUCCESS

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Wrapping up a book project is always bittersweet for me. As a developmental editor, I’m like a book’s “midwife”: I’m happy to see the baby born into the world, but sad that my role in helping the author go from a book idea to a book is over. After a book is completed, I try to take some time to revel in the pleasure of having helped yet another author get that book written and ready for publication. Then, I take some time to ponder what I learned from the experience. One of my most recent projects yielded the following testimonial, which hints at five keys to making your self-help book a huge success:

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WAITING FOR AN AGENT OR EDITOR TO RESPOND? GET BUSY!

The dog days of August can be the most frustrating for a writer because it’s next to impossible to get the attention of an agent or, if a proposal is on submission, an editor. Rather than drive yourself crazy waiting for a response to your e-mail or snail mail, here’s what to keep yourself from…

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