We always welcome book proposals, whether from first-time or more experienced authors. We like to know as much about your proposed book as possible. Before you begin, start with these five thoughts in mind:
- What’s the book about?
- What’s so important and special about this book?
- Why would a publisher want to publish it?
- Why are you the best person to write this book?
- Who’s the core target audience for the book, and why will they care about it?
A proposal is a description of, and sample of a proposed book. It’s primarily a sales and marketing tool—for you and for your book. It needs to provide enough details for A FontLife Publication, LLC to get us interested in publishing your material. Your proposal needs to be focused, accompanied by supporting materials, and above all, it has to be dynamic. You need to impress us and convince us why we must publish your book.
Preparing a proposal that will be seriously evaluated is the first step in developing your project. To ensure that A FontLife Publication, LLC can thoroughly assess the merits of your ideas and arrive at a careful publishing decision, we recommend that your proposal includes the following key elements:
- Cover Letter: Brief, warm letter containing the “hook,” a one or two sentence summation of your story and why it’s so compelling. Include your address, phone numbers, email address, and relevant information such as that you’re a prize winning writer, a member of this or that group, an expert in the topic you propose, that you were referred by or mentored by someone significant, whatever. Mention the book’s title and what kind of book it is, then let the proposal do the rest of the work.
- Title Page. Name of book, name and contact info for the author
- A one paragraph, concise description of the project or idea. That is, the project in a hook format.
- A one to two page overview of the project in a dynamic narrative style.
- A marketing analysis of perhaps half a page, explaining who the audience is for the book, and why the book will appeal to them.
- Self-promotion Capabilities: Do you blog or participate in social networks to help market yourself? How large is your network? Describe your self-promotion capabilities.
- A brief description of competing books, with emphasis on recent commercially successful books in the field (if there are any), and why your book fills a need not currently filled in this field. What differentiates you from your competitors?
- A half page biography of the writer(s), emphasizing writing experience, any expertise on the proposed subject and why he/she/they are the best people to write that book.
- A Table of Contents (TOC) that is quite literally a list of chapters and their subheadings. (In other words, an at-a-glance description of the book.)
- A half page to one page narrative description of each chapter listed in the TOC.
- A sample chapter or two from the book.
- Your résumé or curriculum vitae.
- Reviewer Suggestions: Your recommendations for reviewers, whether they represent your target audience, are authorities in the field, or special topic experts, would be most welcome.
- Accompanying material such as reviews of previous books, supporting documentation for the book, copies of photos or illustrations that might be used in the book etc.
Send your completed proposals in Word or .pdf format to firstname.lastname@example.org.