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.
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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