What you include in the back matter of your book depends largely on the editorial contents of. He is the son of the late theologian and author francis schaeffer. I like this one because it contains ten reallife proposals that sold. I write for publishers weekly and publish the hot sheet. Sell more books with a kickass amazon book page author marketing experts, inc. Christina doe resides in minneapolis, mn with her husband, two children, and their saint bernard, hugo. By benjamin graham and david dodd, features the foreword author over the book s actual authors. How to write an amazing author bio book marketing for. The only sections that wont include part of your platform are the chapter synopses and the sample chapters.
You dont say, i have been a ghost writer for four years. Your website address should be included on your book cover. Instead of writing the entire book, then trying to interest an editor or agent which is how it works with novels, you write the proposal first. You have to promote and sell your book in that spot. The anatomy of a compelling book proposal the bindery. About the author your bio is your opportunity to prove that you are qualified to write this book. And if youve already finished your memoir, youre still going to need to write a full proposal to accompany your submission in. Book proposal a business plan for your book and how you plan to ensure sales success keys to a great synopsis the steve laube agency july 27, 2016 i posted my ideas on some keys to a great book proposal, a few writers said they were challenged to write a synopsis. How to write the about the author section of your book. Come right out and say all the positive things about yourself and your writing credentials that an agent would say if she were representing you. Frank schaeffer born august 3, 1952 is an american author, film director, screenwriter, and public speaker.
Think of your author bio as a twopart argument for your stamp on the book. There are several books available on writing book proposals. But at the end of that email, youll usually realize they want you to. Every author has had to face the difficult task of creating a book proposal. Id show the book to people at book fairs and signing events, and theyd flip the book over, read the bio, and laugh.
A book proposal serves as a brief but indepth overview of your book idea, your approach to the topic, the book s organization and flow, and a sample of the writing. Creating a compelling book proposal is your first step to getting your book. He became a hollywood film director and author, writing several internationally acclaimed novels depicting life in a strict evangelical household including portofino, zermatt, and saving grandma. Youll discover how to navigate the insider world of publishing, get an agent, write a killer book proposal, finish your book on time, and leverage the power of book buying psychology. A book proposal argues why your book idea is a salable, marketable product. Nine things that need to be on your book cover alicia dunams. My book, book title will be a genre work which will center around the topic of book topic.
I know you dont like to brag and boast about what youve accomplished. The disadvantage is that a memoir book proposal may be up to 25 pages in length just to cover the business proposals and market research that youll need to present. If youd like to refer back to the template as you read this guide, you. How to write a compelling bio for your book proposal. It acts as a business case or business plan for your book that persuades a publisher to make an investment. Author biography, brief one brief paragraph ideal for flap on book jacket describe your position, brand, expertise, and qualifications. I offer consulting on all aspects of the publishing business. Now that you have decided to partner with elsevier, the next step is to create a proposal. Writing an author bio examples of professional bios by freelance writing not only is it useful to know what you need to include in an author bio, it is also useful to. But in the about the author section of your book proposal youve got to overcome your natural inclination to be reticent. Just to add a quick hopefully relevant note here, considering the name of the publisher responsible for this blog i did in fact submit what could be termed a more experimental or even slightly radical proposal for a series of readers to oxford university press a few years ago. Every other section of a nonfiction book proposal markets you as the author.
This isnt a time for a jacket bio thats something your publisher will write and will write in the 3rd person. This page will direct you to some examples of book proposal sections so that you can put together a winning book proposal. Give a fairly brief summary of your book here, using a few paragraphs. On one new page most of us have led onepage lives, tell editors everything you want them to know about youin order of importance to the sale of your book. Write an extended bio for your website, proposals, interview sheets and media kits.
John scalzi writes books, which, considering where youre reading this, makes perfect sense. If there is no dust jacket intended for the print edition on which the author s bio typically appears, it may be included in the back matter. The advantage to writing your author bio first is that you focus on platformrelated information youll then mine for the rest of your proposal. Just know that your book is a marketing tool that will help you build traffic to. Book summary and author bio on the back of the book. That is why your book proposal bio may well be the only place you use. This ones short and tothepoint, and the last time i. Im not saying its the very best way to write an author bio, in fact, many of the best examples below do not fit this template. Here is a great blog post from rachelle gardner about how to write a terrific author bio. So, weve provided the hints, tips and instructions. The about the author section of a fiction book proposal is not as much about credibility.
The about the author section of a nonfiction book proposal answers the question, who are you. Publishers frequently put the foreword authors name on the cover, sometimes more prominently than the name of the book s author. Writing your book proposal bio the steve laube agency. And, i also did end up writing my own backcover copy, and later, my own books. Make it professional but you also need to convey personality and writing style. First, remember that, when writing your bio for a book pitch, you should be writing in the first person. Nonfiction book proposal outline ted weinstein literary. You want the back cover to be all about the book why the person who is holding it must buy it. Writing an author bio examples of professional bios. Reading is an intimate endeavor in which the reader and the author are engaged in a kind of relationship. The keys to a great book proposal the steve laube agency. Proposal guidelines for book authors please be sure that your proposal package includes all of the following information.
This is a good example to follow for any author writing a book or article. Download and fill out the proposal and send the completed form to our proposal mailbox including the following details in the subject line of your email proposal in subject area author name. I suspect that the last time you considered buying a nonfiction book you took a look at who the author was. Im a great courses professor and also teach interactive classes throughout the year. This is the nittygrittythe part where you learn exactly how to get published. The literary agents guide to writing a nonfiction book proposal by andy ross. Sometimes youll see a back cover that shows the author image and bio. Learn how to write an author bio that gets readers attentions. Courtney lives in the rocky mountains with her husband, a mediumsized dog, and an attack cat. There isnt an equivalent field in kdp, but when you include this information on createspace, itll automatically get included on the kindle version of your book on amazon. They can provide feedback and advice on how to move forward. Its something that will let readers get a sense of who you are, and is an important part for pitching media and book proposals, sums up marketer rachel conegorham, formerly of penguin random house. But, many people asked for an easy to follow template, and this is what we use with our authors. If you published a paperback version of your book on createspace, you can enter the bio in the author biography section for your book.
Write your bio in first person for query letters, third person for most other purposes including proposals, book jackets, article bylines. As mentioned in my discussion on how to get published, if youre interested in writing a booklength work of nonfiction, you dont need to write the entire manuscript before you make the sale. Theyd walk off with a copy of the book based on the bio. Novelists will rarely depend on the bio to sell the book, but as book launch specialist joel pitney suggests. Nonfiction back cover copy for nonfiction, establishing yourself as an expert and differentiating your book from the others written about the same topic will help sell your book. Here is a basic template for a book proposal, which many of our clients have used successfully. The book proposal is a 1550 or so page manuscript that a writer. Essentially, the book proposal is the way an author sells his or her book to a potential agent or publisher. He establishes his credibility as an author with a reference to his first. Really, that is not want you want on your back cover. The about the author section of a nonfiction book proposal.
How to write a book proposal the creative independent. Courtney milan is a new york times and usa today bestselling author of historical romance. Pop the champagne cork, and put a party hat on your cat. Some authors include a list of their previously published books. Back cover copy includes the book summary and author bio. Your fiction proposal should include the following items and should be attached as a single file to an email with submission. That is why your bio may well be the first thing an acquisitions editor reads in your book proposal. How to write a compelling bio for your book proposal chad r. For nonfiction authors, the author bio is a critical marketing tool as who are you are is often as or more. October 22, 2015 by diana urban writing your author bio can be a daunting task, but a wellcrafted bio can help readers learn more about what makes you and your books so interesting. Visit amazon author central, click on your book, and add it in the about the author section or if you published a paperback version of your book on createspace, you can enter the bio in the author biography section for your book.
If you have an idea or proposal for a book, please get in contact with a publishing editor in your subject area. Learn about my publishing industry newsletter for authors. Your books author bio tells potential readers who you are, and why they should. Sample about the author page getting your book published. Overview describe your book in two or three paragraphs 500 wo. Dont try too hard to be funny, but include something that makes you seem like a real person. It can be helpful to begin with a bio you already use at your website or at linkedin. You are also welcome to listen to free audio recordings of teds book proposal bootcamp and other workshops and media appearances. Guidelines for your fiction proposal hartline literary. Writing a book has many steps, so learn how to write author biographies for your book proposal in this free video clip. How to write a memorable author bio with template reedsy blog. It is a difficult task and one most writers wonder the purpose of. How to write your first author bio writing forward.
How to write your author bio for your book proposal. Whether you choose to put it on the front of the book with a free offer or on the back with your bio is your choice. How to write a kickass amazon bio to sell more books. However your warmth as a person can come through in a well written bio. How to write a terrific author bio rachelle gardner. The third example shows how part of the back cover copy the author bio, in this case can show up on the inside flap of a hard cover book. It also provides an overview of you as a potential author, with a focus on your expertise and qualifications to write the book you are proposing and your author platform within the. Its an invigorating feeling, receiving ones first acceptance letter from an editor.766 56 210 1266 504 388 146 718 709 1170 1150 1547 810 725 652 530 667 962 1366 602 433 551 885 280 924 1356 47 1467 987 1338 1213 938 1163 480 297 566 437 532 567 845 331 853 295 288