Either before or while we write your book, we can discuss whether we should also consider writing a Book Proposal and sending it to one of our literary agent contacts to see if he or she can interest a publisher in buying your book. In certain circumstances with some projects, testing the commercial waters in this way can be a really smart move that can lead to a publishing deal and an advance on royalties.
A Book Proposal is like a business plan for your book. It usually runs between 40 and 50 pages, and includes the following elements:
- About the Book (a brief description of the concept of the book)
- About the Author (who the author is and why he or she is uniquely qualified to write the proposed book)
- An Overview (describing highlights of the book in more detail)
- Comparables (a section describing what other books like it have been published and how well they did in the marketplace)
- ”How the Author Will Market This Book” (your/our plan for marketing the book, since that responsibility today is mainly on the author, not the publisher).
The Book Proposal also includes the title and subtitle, a Table of Contents, and a Chapter Outline with one-page summary for each chapter. One or two sample chapters are usually included with the proposal, to show the quality and style of the actual writing. As you can see, there is usually great deal of work involved in creating the proposal.
If we do a Book Proposal for you, the benefit is that we could know almost immediately if we are going in the right direction, should we attract a contract from a publisher and even a nice advance (though that is increasingly rare these days, but hey, it could happen). If a publisher does buy your book, they will give you a certain amount of time to complete the book. Your book will not be out for at least a year or more, so you have to be willing to wait that long for publication. In my experience, many aspiring authors are not that patient, particularly if they intend their book to be a powerful marketing tool that can be released with strategic timing. But again, with some authors, the commercial trade route with established publishers is definitely the way to go.
With a self-published book, the publishing is done through our own publishing arm, New Voices Press. We arrange for the ISBN (bar code) and Library of Congress number, and we supervise all aspects of design and printing, through to the end. Again however, those costs (cover, overall exterior and interior graphic design, author photo) are borne by the author and we make every effort to provide the most economical options available. We also write the sample testimonials (blurbs) for you to send to the endorsers you want to recruit, and we can recommend and/or critique endorsements.