Traditional Publishing

Example Of A Book Proposal That Should Have Been Accepted – Tuesday October 24, 2023

So you want to publish the next great book! To do so you first need a book proposal.

Back in late 2011, I spent hours putting together a book proposal for my severance negotiation strategy book, How To Engineer Your Layoff.

After engineering my own layoff three months earlier, I had hoped to get a literary agent, land a book deal, and spend the next year writing the book. Writing a book was always on my bucket list. And what better time to do so than after retiring on a beach in Hawaii?

Alas, fate had other plans. I submitted my book proposal to about 15 agents and didn't get a single reply back. Undaunted, and with the help of my dad and wife, I decided to self-publish my book anyway.

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