- Sample query letters and a sample agent + author contract
- How to find an agent (and why you need one)
- How to craft a strong proposal that will get editors excited
- Questions to ask when considering an offer
- The three clauses in every book contract you should pay close attention to (Warning: if you miss these, you'll regret it later)
- Everything about money—advances, royalties, foreign rights, auctions and more
- Someone who has always wanted to write a book, but doesn't know where to start
- An aspiring author or writer of any kind
- A current author hoping to increase your audience
- Trying to decide between self-publishing and traditional publishing
- Hoping to build a following of active readers
- Isn't book publishing a dying field?
Not at all. Every year, more than 300,000 books are published in the U.S. alone. Editors from all major publishing houses are still buying books every week. This won't change anytime soon. However, while publishing isn't dying, it's certainly changing. The guide highlights both the old and the new: how to get a book deal from a traditional publisher, and what to do if you can't… or if you simply decide to opt-out of the traditional system.
- Will this guide help me write a proposal?
Yes, much of the guide is devoted to the proposal-writing process, since that is what sells your book to most editors. The guide also covers numerous other topics, including contracts and marketing.
- If I write fiction, will the guide help?
Most of the things you'll learn are exactly the same for fiction and non-fiction authors. The main difference is the proposal process, which we describe in detail for all writers.
- How is the guide delivered?
You'll receive an immediate download of all initial materials: the 45,000 word mega-guide in PDF format, interviews in MP3 format (you can add them to iTunes or any other software), and transcripts. You'll also receive FREE updates for the life of the guide.
- What version should I get?
It's up to you. Each version includes the mega-guide in PDF format. The higher versions include additional resources and interviews for anyone who wants more information.
- Are there any disadvantages to doing this on my own?
If you want to write, you don't need this guide or any other advice—you can just write. However, if you care about publishing your book, there are some things you need to know. Importantly, the decisions you make at the beginning of your publishing career will impact the options available to you later.
- I don't live in the U.S.—is this for me?
The U.S. is the center of worldwide publishing, but you don't need to live there to write a book. Editors are interested in authors with great writing and strong platforms, no matter where they live.
*** You know you can write a book, but you need some help with the business side. We've created the Unconventional Guide to Publishing as a comprehensive solution: to help you get your book out to the world. In support of your publishing plans, you'll get a huge manual, at least three interviews, sample proposals, and FREE updates for life. Your audience is waiting. Order this guide and get your work out to the world.