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Book Proposals That Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success

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This book reveals insider information to help you avoid the pitfalls of rejection in writing a book.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Write Now Publications
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Keiki Hendrix
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
For a writer contemplating moving your manuscript to publication, you need this book.

Reading Book Proposals that Sell: 21 Secrets to Speed Your Success, by W. Terry Whalin, is of great benefit for the writer seeking publication.

Packed with straight forward instruction on the publishing industry complete with resources and samples, you will read and continue to refer back to this book.

I purchased this book at a CLASSeminar recently and immediately began to delve into it. At first, I was overwhelm
Carrie Daws
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writing, marketing
When an Agency that I follow recommended this book, I picked it up, and I'm so glad I did. It was written in a simple, easy-to-read style that make getting through it a breeze, and short chapters that eliminate the biggest headaches when going back to find something later. To answer some of the criticisms:

Yes, much of this advice is posted on the internet and you can find it for free, but I like the convenience and not having to search for what those things, print them out and keep them somehow
Aug 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
For the past 6 years, I have been working on a manuscript for a book I've been writing. I wish I would have read this first. If you want to publish a non-fiction book, READ THIS FIRST
Aug 06, 2008 added it
A must read for anyone trying to get a publishing contract for a non-fiction book.
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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If you are a non-fiction writer, this book will give you a wealth of information on what publishing looks like from the inside. The key insight of the book is that publishers don't need a manuscript; what they want is a proposal. As much as I have learned from professors and published authors, I have never found so much practical information from a publisher's perspective.
Susan Csoke
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
THis is a must read book for every writer and author. W. Terry Whalin shares his expertise on how to write the best book possible, and how to get it published. THANK YOU GOODREADS FIRST READS FOR THIS FREE BOOK!!!!!
Tammy Hensel
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best advice I've read for proposal writing. Highly recommended!
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I learned practical knowledge on how to write a book proposal. Many good tips.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Whalin warns the reader at the outset that this book is meant for writing non-fiction book proposals, but honestly, this book is incredibly helpful for fiction writers as well. There's a lot of valuable info to be gleaned from here--especially Whalin's insights into how the publishing world works and why authors need to understand that if they're going to write an effective book proposal. From a fiction writing perspective, certainly not all of Whalin's advice is applicable, but a lot of it is, ...more
Larry Brummond
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Terry breaks down the steps to creating a book proposal in an easy to follow guide. He knows what it takes and this should be a must for anyone aspiring to get a book published.
Susan Marlene
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Terry Whalin explains proposals very well. This was an excellent resource for me. I do recommend this book to those seeking publication!
Julie Eason
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Landing a publishing deal is a tricky thing these days. You have to be part writer and part marketer. Writing a book proposal is a sales process--you have to sell the publisher on your idea. You sell them with a book proposal, and there's more to it than you might think. Terry Whalin's book is a detailed road map for writing successful book proposals. From the initial planning to mindset to the actual writing, Whalin leads you through the process step-by-step. Let his decades of expertise as an ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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My copy of this book is filled with flags, notes and highlighting because I used it to prepare and submit several proposals. I'm thankful that my "brain book" is now in print. Thanks so much for your guidance, Terry!
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W. Terry Whalin understands the editorial desk--as an editor and a writer. He worked as a magazine editor and his work has appeared in more than 50 publications. Terry is an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. He has written more than 60 books through traditional publishers. One of Terry’s newest book JUMPSTART YOUR PUBLISHING DREAMS, INSIDER SECRETS TO SKYROCKET YOUR SUCCESSis packed ...more
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