The Grey Lit Café

Writing book proposals (III): good practice for authors

August 23, 2022 Anthony Haynes Season 2 Episode 15
The Grey Lit Café
Writing book proposals (III): good practice for authors
Show Notes

Anthony Haynes writes: In this episode, we provide constructive advice for prospective authors.

Dr Engy Moussa and I focus on good practice to boost the chances of eliciting a publishing contract.

Topics include: 

  1. defining your market(s)
  2. incorporating the potential for 
    1. export sales
    2. rights sales
    3. year-on-year sales
  3. identifying ways of reaching your market(s)
  4. positioning your book in relation to other products
  5. selling points: the need for your book and the benefits that your book will provide to readers

Related episodes

This is the third and final episode in a three-part series on book proposals. The previous two episodes both identify pitfalls that often prevent authors from producing effective proposals.

The episodes are here:

  1. Writing book proposals (I): 4 things not to do
  2. Writing book proposals (II): 5 common pitfalls