When I first began wrestling with my fear of failure and trying to decide whether Ishould attempt writing a book, I talked to a friend who had recently gotten his first book published. He said something that grabbed my attention and hooked me into writing.“When you get a book published you earn royalties,” he told me. “Royalties, get it. You begin to be treated like a royalty.” He also told me that while we were sitting theretalking, he was making money. Somewhere, someone was buying his book. I loved whatI was hearing and I wanted to get my own book published.I had no idea where to start, but my friend told me I needed to write a book proposal.I had no idea what that was, but I started writing. After a year of rejection notices Ifinally had my first book published,
Inside Out: Becoming My Own Man.
I’ve now had7 other books published, including international best-sellers,
The Irritable Male Syndrome.
I learned that there was a protocol for book proposals and later found that there wereactually books on how to write a book proposal. One I found particularly helpful was
How to Write a Book Proposal
by Michael Larsen. But just as every book is different,every writer is different, and every book proposal is different.I thought it would help people to actually see a book proposal that induced an editor to buy the book. Here is my proposal for
The Irritable Male Syndrome: Understanding and Managing the 4 Key Causes of Aggression and Depression
that was published byRodale.I’ll enjoy hearing your comments and questions.2