Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:06 AM
Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:43 AM
Before you query an agent you will need a completed book proposal. Agent query can help. Terry Whalin has a great book for proposals at: http://www.bookproposals.ws/ and Michael Hyatt has a downloadable proposal template for 19.97 at: http://michaelhyatt....g-book-proposal. I've done two proposals using Michael's template. You should do a basic edit on your book manuscript.
Posted 08 August 2012 - 02:44 PM
1) In general, illustrations/photos/maps in a non-fiction book must be arranged for and obtained by the author at his/her expense. This is true with academic books but also with popular non-fiction (ask our own CT Taylor who sold a steampunk craft book). You can take the pictures yourself or have them done professionally (with money from your advance).
2) Agents certainly critique books but they are not line/copy editors. Your manuscript needs to be in good shape before an agent/publisher ever sees it.
Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:15 AM
Thanks so much!
Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:53 AM
As for what you do with your advance, the publisher doesn't care as long as they get the book and pictures/illustrations needed for the book. Regarding negotiating an advance, that's what your agent does. Hope this helps! : )
Posted 09 August 2012 - 02:29 PM
You'll also need to establish in that proposal why you're the right person to write that book. The agent will want to know what kind of readership you're bringing to the table (are you a chef, for instance?) If it's a quirky cookbook, you might be able to get some interest, but again, you'll need to state your case for why you're the right person for the job and demonstrate that there's a readership for it and why current cookbooks on the topic aren't quite fitting the bill any more.
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