In 2001, I wanted to be a writer. At the time, I was working for author Terry Deary (of Horrible Histories fame), as a researcher and editor. I showed Terry some of my work and he encouraged me to try and get it published. However, a bucket full of rejection letters later and I was left disillusioned and ready to give up. I went back to Terry and asked him about the key to his success. It turns out there was no secret, just hard work and (here it comes) a great book proposal.
I knew that if I was to build any kind of a career as a writer, I would need to crack the book proposal code. Since that day, I have been obsessed with decoding the book proposal and over the years I have talked to hundreds of writers, publishers and agents about what makes a great book pitch.
Today, my dream has come true. I have not one, but more than twenty books in print by several publishers including Hachette, one of the biggest publishers in the world. I also have an agent (Andrew Lownie).
However, I did nothing special.
I have no special book proposal writing skills, and I learned nothing that you can’t also learn and apply to your book.
This book is the accumulation of the knowledge that I have gathered in the process of becoming a professional writer.
If you follow the guidelines I set out in this book you will learn how to write book proposals that instantly appeals to both agents and publishers. It will also teach you how to avoid writing a book proposal that fails to answer all the relevant questions an agent or publisher may ask about your book.