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Experts Break Down the Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal

book-proposal-2_articleAs part of this week’s Profit From Your Passion series, yesterday we offered advice on how to get your book proposal off the ground. Now that you’ve got an outline in your head for your nonfiction book idea, the next step toward attracting a publisher is to sit down and compose the formal proposal. Although easier said than done, the process can actually help you narrow your focus, determine what your unique angle is — and help you stay organized.

We talked to seasoned writers, agents and editors about the basic elements of a nonfiction book proposal, mistakes to avoid and more. The takeaway is that your book proposal shouldn’t be taken lightly:

One thing [Brian Klems, author and online editor for Writer’s Digest] wishes he’d known ahead of time was that writing the proposal, even after having done most of the research, takes a really long time. “I thought the hard part would be writing the book, and that I’d knock out the proposal in one night. A friend of mine said no, don’t do that… don’t hand it in, give it a couple of days to sit down and start going over it. This is your one shot, you want to get it as right as possible.” In light of how we writers tend to be perfectionists, however, he adds, “You always feel like you can improve, but at that point, you do have to cut yourself off and say, it’s time for me to put it out there.”

For more information on how to write a compelling nonfiction book proposal, read: Getting Started on Your Nonfiction Book Proposal.

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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

Jonathan Franzen’s Career Advice for Fiction Writers: ‘Make yourself an expert at some arcane thing’

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Scratch Magazine has opened online, running  a long interview with Jonathan Franzen in its first issue.

Franzen spoke frankly about his early career as a writer and explained how the publishing world has changed since his first book deal. Editors Jane Friedman and Manjula Martin founded the brand new literary journal, a quarterly focused on “the intersection of writing and money.”

I had to get a job, and I found one in the seismology lab at Harvard through one of my good college friends who was a student there. It was one of those great research positions, which I continue to recommend to all fiction writers: make yourself an expert at some arcane thing, because then you become very hard to fire.

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5 Book Publishing Paths Infographic

Virginia Quarterly Review web editor Jane Friedman has created an infographic called “Understanding the Key Book Publishing Paths.”

Follow this link to see the whole infographic–what path did you choose?

Friedman identified the following five options: traditional publishing, partnership publishing, fully-assisted publishing, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) publishing with a distributor, and Do-It-Yourself (DIY) direct publishing. She also includes a section for “special and hard-to-classify cases.”

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160 Chicken Soup for the Soul eBooks Coming

Working with Open Road Integrated Media, Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing will release the first 160 Books from the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as eBooks.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul series counts more than 200 titles. Founders/motivational speakers Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen collected the 101 stories found in book one. More than 500 million copies of these books have been sold all around the world.

Open Road CEO Jane Friedman had this statement in the release: “The Chicken Soup for the Soul series is perfectly suited to our milestone marketing campaigns. Open Road is delighted to be the digital publisher for much of this beloved series, and we are eager to connect these titles with readers of all ages.”

 

Smashwords Founder Criticizes Author Solutions Acquisition

Mark Coker, founder of self-publishing platform Smashwords, criticized Pearson’s acquisition of self-publishing company Author Solutions in a recent post.

He suggested that the purchase was an investment in a business that makes money off of authors, rather than an investment in self-published authors. Coker wrote:

Does Pearson think that Author Solutions represents the future of indie publishing?  Author Solutions is one of the companies that put the “V” in vanity.  Author Solutions earn 2/3 or more of their income selling services and books to authors, not selling authors’ books to readers.  Does Pearson think so little of authors that they’ve decided they can earn more money selling them services than selling their books?  Don’t get me wrong, I have no qualm with indies investing in professional editing, proofreading and cover design. I encourage that.  There’s just something about this that feels icky.

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Jane Friedman Appointed Web Editor at Virginia Quarterly Review

Jane Friedman has been appointed web editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. She starts in June, tasked with expanding the literary journal’s “online and digital content and a larger social media presence.”

Friedman has served as the editorial director of Writer’s Digest, but she now serves as the assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati.

Virginia Quarterly Review publisher Jon Parrish Peede announced the news: “I had the pleasure of watching Jane serve on a National Endowment for the Arts funding panel, and I can state from firsthand experience that she is gifted, energetic, and deeply knowledgeable about publishing and new trends in the field. We are particularly excited about her leadership in developing a greater community of online readers for VQR.” (Via Calvin Reid)

7 eBook Price Points Defended

How much should an eBook cost? To give publishers and authors some guidance, we’ve collected spirited defenses of seven different eBook prices–choose the price that works best for your writing.

According to a new and unscientific poll, Nathan Bransford found that 51 percent of his readers thought eBooks should be priced between $5 and $9.99. What is your favorite price point?

$0.99 Novelist John Locke sold more than one million eBooks with this price point: “When I saw that highly successful authors were charging $9.99 for an e-book, I thought that if I can make a profit at 99 cents, I no longer have to prove I’m as good as them … Rather, they have to prove they are ten times better than me.”

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Barbara Marcus Joins Open Road Integrated Media for Children’s Market Push

openroadlogo23.pngOpen Road Integrated Media hired children’s publishing veteran Barbara Marcus as a consultant for their endeavors to enter the children’s market. Marcus’ role also allows her to consult on international business development and general strategic issues for the company.

Marcus has been in publishing for more than 27 years. For 22 of them, she worked at Scholastic, eventually ascending to president and bringing the Harry Potter series to the United States. She currently acts as a consultant for a number of companies and organizations including the Penguin Young Readers Group, Knowledge Adventure, and Media Source.

Marcus commented: “I believe that Open Road will establish an important presence in children’s digital books and I am excited to be part of that effort. E-reading devices will become part of children’s backpacks and classrooms and as a result ebooks sales of children’s books will flourish.”

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Investor Group Led by Kohlberg & Company Acquires Majority of Thomas Nelson’s Stock

tnlogo.jpgToday a group of investors led by Kohlberg & Company acquired a majority of Christian publisher Thomas Nelson’s stock–a move that will resolve most of the publisher’s long term debt.

The publisher also announced some changes in the board of directors, adding Open Road CEO Jane Friedman and “senior executives of Kohlberg & Company” to the board. In addition, Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt has been named chairman of the board of directors.

Kohlberg & Company partner Chris Anderson had this statement: “Thomas Nelson remains the clear leader in the Christian publishing world and is poised for growth in this new era. Mike and his team have done an excellent job managing the company through the challenges of the recession and we stand behind them as we enter the future.”

Open Road Integrated Media Receives $4 Million VC Investment

openroadlogo23.pngToday the venture capital firm Kohlberg Ventures dramatically increased its investment in Open Road Integrated Media–adding $4 million to the $3 million it invested in the digital publisher last year.

The investment firm’s founder, Jim Kohlberg, had this statement: “With the convergence of expanding device options and the rapid adoption of ebooks, we strongly believe that the Open Road model and its team are uniquely positioned to succeed in the marketplace. We are pleased to continue our support through additional funding.”

Open Road CEO Jane Friedman helped found the digital publishing company, publishing, among other projects, the digital backlist for the great William Styron. Currently, the company supports eBook formats for Amazon Kindle, Apple iPad, B&N nook, and Sony Reader.

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