Picture Book ProposalSuggestion for a picture book
Suggestions for children's book publishers
Publishing houses ask potential writers for either a proposal (a longer paper with extra editing and promotional information about your book) or a request for information (a one-page introductory note asking the publishing house to ask for more information about your project). The majority of publishing houses have a policy on how your materials should be received, regardless of whether you send a request or a full proposal.
Find out the rules and always strictly adhere to them. Send a request form (including a prepaid envelope) to the publishing house. See a manual or on-line guideline for children's book publishing companies. Once you know how the publishing house of your choice would like to submit your material, you can compile your enquiry and/or offer.
As a rule, a proposal is only suitable for longer non-fiction titles. For example, you would never make a proposal for a book on the boards - unless for some odd occasion the publishing house you are aiming at wants the book to be submit. Non-fiction suggestions usually contain one of the following forms, although many publishing houses (and agents) have their own rules for submission of non-fiction suggestions.
You can use the same items if you submit a required (even unusual) fictitious proposal: Content: Instructions on the content of your proposal, not your original script. That part, like a directory, should only include all the other parts of your proposal - such as your marketer' s schedule, your audiences, author' biographies, etc. - and the page on which each part begins.
Summary: The most sexy, exciting, fascinating teasers about the book without the end, much like the copy on a hardback book envelope or the back of a bookback. That is the part about you that is often spelled in the third party that indicates why you are the best individual to be writing this book.
Audiences: What is your demographic? And no, "children of all ages" is not a targeted audience.) And why will the audiences you're aiming to buy, keep, downlaod, discuss and collaborate on your book? Describe your audiences as accurately as possible - on one page. Make sure that you specify the precise name of the competition name, the name of the writer, the name of the editor and the year of publication for all the competition names you have listed.
If you have a merchandising plan: How does your reputation in the world, in your job or in your society - and thus in your publishing house - benefit you in the promotion, promotion or commercialisation of your book? What is the legal use of these relations for your publishing houses? Do not make too many promises and keep this section of your proposal on one page.
Everything specific about the size you suggest that makes it out of the usual (for example, if you write a non-fiction about how to construct miniature Victorian dolls houses and you want to enclose the stuff to make a thumbnail cloth puppet; or if most textbooks like this come with colour photographs and you want to use prints that mimic cartoons for the bulk of the images) - make sure to note that.
You can tell the editor what to look for in the intestines of your book, beginning with the index and the addition of a section on the subject matter of each one. Picture a screen shot of how the whole book is organised. There is no need to get married to this design - often the layout and layout changes - but your design must be as thorough as you think it will be for your book.
They should contain section and section titles; under each headline one to three sections that explain what the section contains and how the contents move the book forward. The rule here is three full example sections. It is not the first three sections that you need to cover, but three major sections that represent your own styles, your own approaches, your own voices and your own capacity to produce what your proposal suggests.
Apart from the introductory and example sections, a proposal usually comprises 10 to 15 pages.