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April 18, 2010

Parts of a Proposal: Competitive Titles

Filed under: Getting Published — Tags: , — ax20 @ 2:22 pm

This section is similar to the market and audience section in that you are demonstrating the viability of your book. Because you likely do not have access to something like Nielsen Bookscan (where agencies and publishers can look up the exact sales figures for books in the market), sticking to best sellers and books that got a lot of media attention are ideal (though not always possible), particularly ones that have been published recently.

Your goal is to show that there are other books that are similar out there that have done well, thereby showing that there is an audience and a market for your book. Not only that, you want to show why your book is even better than those books that have done well.

Information you want to provide- title, author, publisher, date it was published, and price, along with a 1-2 line summary of the book. Then, you want to explain why your book is different and ideally better than that book. (Because of course, if it’s better, it should be able to sell even more books.) This does require a little research but Amazon.com can help a lot as well as just a general google search.

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