4 questions to answer before contacting a book agent

Obtaining agency representation is your aboriginal step toward getting profitably published. Most publishers won’t even attending at unsolicited manuscripts.

But, before approaching an agent to act as you, you should finalize the presentation of your book.

Agents don’t accept age to squander dealing with publishing ‘wannabees’ who don’t accept, and may never accept, a concrete project to act as. To active agents, dreams don’t accomplish it.

If you access an agent before you’re prepared, you may never be able to contact them again. They’ll accede you a ‘dreamer’ and disregard you emails and phone calls.

Elevator Speech

Before approaching an agent, prepare an ‘elevator speech’ describing your project in the less than thirty-seconds it takes for an average elevator ride. If you can’t, your project probably isn’t ready for prime age.

Your elevator speech must answer four above questions:

– What is your book about?

– Who is going to buy it?

– How does it differ from existing books on the subject?

– How are you going to advance it?

1. What is your book about?

Finalize your book’s title and contents before contacting an agent.

The title is crucial to your book’s accomplishment. It must attract the attention of acquisition editors, book reviewers, bookstore managers, interlacing surfers and readers. The title is generally your one – and alone – chance to accomplish a sale.

Finalize your book’s table of contents and prepare a brief description of the contents of each chapter. You should again apperceive how continued your book is going to be and the figure of illustrations, graphics or worksheet

Prepare two – three, if you’re a aboriginal-age author – specimen chapters and hire a able editor to fine-tune them. It’s bigger to appearance three absolute chapters than a finished manuscript filled with spelling errors.

You don’t accept to inscription your entire book before approaching agents. And your specimen chapters don’t accept to activate with the aboriginal chapter, nor accomplish they accept to be in sequence. But, they must act as your writing at its ace.

2. Who’s going to buy your book?

Abutting, appearance that there is a reachable marketplace for your book.

Strive for urgency. Call the marketplace intrigued by, or frustrated by, your book’s topic. What symptoms does your book advice solve? How abounding bodies share the botheration? What are the consequences of the botheration your book addresses?

Quantify your book’s marketplace in terms of buying adeptness, willingness to buy books and adeptness to be reached buttoned up associations or publications.

3. How will your book be altered?

Abutting, position your book relative to existing books on the topic. Existing books on the selfsame topic are a plus, not a minus. They prove there is a marketplace for books on the subject.

-What are the strengths and weaknesses of existing books?
-Why will readers choose your book over existing books?

This section offers you an befalling to call your background and how it contributes to your book.

4. How will you advance your book?

Promotion is your albatross, not the publisher’s. Your adeptness to advance your book is as big as your adeptness to inscription your book.

Alpha by identifying book reviewers and editorial contacts who can advice advance your book. List publications that might amble an extract from your book. Research producers who book guests for radio and TV interviews.

Altercate your speaking acquaintance and willingness to biking to abutment your book. Call how you will advance your book on your interlacing site.

List authorities in your field who accept offered to inscription a foreword or accommodate you with cover testimonials.

Agents are active. To the extent you can sell your book abstraction as a realistic possibility in thirty seconds and can abutment your answers with research and able specimen chapters, you are able-bodied on your road to accomplishment.

After you’ve been successfully published, you may be able to sell a book on aloof the basis of an email. But for any more, you must be fully prepared.

About the Author

Roger C. Parker is the $32,000,000 author with over 1.6 million copies in print. Accomplish you accomplish these marketing and architecture mistakes? Acquisition out at www.gmarketing-architecture.com

Originall posted March 30, 2012