77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected
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Discover the tips and tricks to avoiding the rejection pile.
You've done it! You've written the next "must have" book and everyone you know who reads your manuscript agrees – it's guaranteed to be a bestseller. So why can't you find a publisher for it? For some reason (maybe even more than one) editors and agents alike keep rejecting your proposal.
So what are you doing wrong?
Discover 77 of the most common reasons why thousands of book proposals are rejected every year, and find out what you can do to make your proposal stand out from the rest. Working as an author, editor, and agent from more than 20 years, publishing industry veteran Mike Nappa knows the most frequent mistakes authors make in their proposals and then simple steps you can take to avoid catching a ride on the train to Rejection-ville.
have things spelled out for us as thoroughly as we once did.”21 What’s more, a cluttered transition reveals muddled thinking and an aimless progression in a writer’s prose. Readers won’t put up with that for very long—and they shouldn’t have to. Poor transitions also label you immediately as a novice, and to be honest, that means more work for me. If I have to teach you how to write in order to be successful representing your book, I’m going to think twice before signing you to my agency. Same
book. Do you really want someone else’s random thoughts about you to dictate that conversation? Of course not. So take charge of your online presence. Create a website or a blog profile that communicates everything great about you and your writing…and do it now. 2. Find a friend to handle your online presence. If you really are too busy, or too intimidated, or “too old” to start up your own author presence on the Web, then you’d better find someone to do it for you. You can hire someone, but
accept that as an excuse anyway.) Instead, present it as a learning experience that will make your next book’s prospects that much better. Talk about the inexperience of youth, the carelessness of innocence, or whatever. And tell a few specific ways you’ll “change” in order to help your publisher sell your next book. Make it clear you want to avoid going through that poor sales “learning experience” again. For instance, you might say something like this: “With my last book, I was still early in
given the choice between a higher advance with a lower royalty percentage or a lower advance with a higher royalty percentage, I always recommend taking the second option over the first. Sure, a higher advance means more spending money right away, but it almost never pays off on the back end—that is, after the book is out and selling in the market. If your book is worthwhile and legitimately salable, you want to get a higher percentage of the profits generated when it sells. Not only is that
potential. Position your book’s content and market features to highlight profit potential. Propagandize your book’s proposal to hammer home that profit potential for the publisher. If you can do that, you can make pretty much all seventy-seven reasons in this book go away for good. Congratulations. If you made it to the end of this book without giving up on your writing career, then you are an author with passion and determination. That’s a very good thing. If your writing skill and