The Ten Most Common Reasons Book Proposals are Rejected ó and What These Reasons Really Mean
by Marcia Yudkin
market is too small.
Translation: We donít know how to make money publishing your book.
numbers to your proposal.
Try a smaller,
too narrowly focused.
Translation: We sell more general books to the general public.
Remedy: Try a more specialized publisher.
already been done.
Translation: You didnít convince us your book differs enough from whatís out
your book better in the proposal.
carefully define your readers.
the angle, audience, approach of the book.
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7. Itís an article, not a book.
Translation: You didnít persuade us that you can fill 150-250 printed pages
with meaningful material.
too much competition.
Translation: You didnít convince us thereís an unfilled niche out there
waiting for your book.
market research on the need for your book.
your proposalís analysis of competition.
a publisher without any titles on the topic.
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too costly to produce.
Translation: We canít make a profit publishing your book.
not an expert in your field.
Translation: We canít book you credibly on talk shows.
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