Write a Book Proposal That Leaves Publishers Begging to Publish You

Writing a Winning Book Proposal - Both Editions

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How can you secure a book contract from a publisher?

  • It’s not about having a great book idea.
  • It’s not about writing a literary masterpiece.
  • It’s not even about knowing the right people.

The real secret to securing a book contract is knowing how to write a powerful, compelling book proposal that leaves agents begging to represent you—and publishers eager to sign you.

Dear Fellow-Author,

My name is Michael Hyatt. I am the former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers. I also served as a literary agent for six years, representing numerous bestselling authors. I am also a New York Times bestselling author myself with seven books to my credit, including my most recent, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

I know what it takes to get a book contract. I know what it’s like to have a book published by a traditional publisher. I know what other doors open when that happens, including the opportunity to impact tens of thousands of people—and be rewarded handsomely for it.

It’s really not that difficult—if you know the secrets I reveal in my two ebooks. I show you what it takes to secure a book publishing contract, whether you are writing a non-fiction book or a novel.

Secrets for Non-Fiction Authors

In Writing a Winning NON-FICTION Book Proposal, I reveal how to:

Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal

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  • Write a killer query letter that gets the agent or editor to actually read the proposal.
  • Get the publisher’s attention in the first paragraph.
  • Answer the three questions every publisher asks next.
  • Create a unique selling proposition that explains what the reader will gain by reading the book and how the book will deliver it.
  • Distinguish between benefits and features—and why it is essential that you do so.
  • Identify your target market in such a way that the publisher can visualize the exact opportunity your proposal represents.
  • Understand the difference between demographics and psychographics and why both are important.
  • Identify specific affinity groups that will help you—and the ultimate publisher—maximize the sales potential of your book.
  • Assess your competition and explain how your book will be different.
  • Explain why you are qualified to write this book—even if you are a first-time author.
  • Demonstrate what you are prepared to do to help market your book.

In addition, I explain how to write a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of your book and the six elements that should be part of any sample chapter you include.

I read fifteen books on writing and publishing in order to prepare for writing my first book. The book proposal advice that Michael Hyatt gives is the best I’ve seen anywhere. More than this, the book proposal format that he lays out helps you structure your proposal in the clearest, most engaging, and most helpful way possible. In utilizing the principles and proposal structure outlined in Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal, I received four offers on my book proposal within six weeks—including offers from our top two priority publishers. And—most importantly—it better prepared me for writing my book by helping me think it through from top to bottom.”

Matt Perman

I wrote the first version of this ebook several years ago. It has become the de facto standard in the publishing industry (check the endorsements from literary agents in the sidebar on the right). It has enabled hundred of authors—just like you—to secure a book publishing contract.

Writing a book without a proposal is like building a house without a blueprint. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also a waste of time and money. Michael Hyatt’s e-book will save you time and money and best of all, it will put your dream within reach. I use his structure and thought process when I prepare my proposals for my publishers. So far, it’s worked six times and counting!”

Kary Oberbrunner

Secrets for Fiction Authors

After years of requests, I am also pleased to offer the fiction version. In Writing a Winning FICTION Book Proposal, I reveal how to:

Writing a Winning Fiction Book Proposal

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  • Understand the four elements your fiction proposal must include.
  • Write a well-crafted query letter that leaves the agent or editor begging for more.
  • Compose a compelling “hook” that conveys the premise of your novel in nine sentences or less.
  • Identify your target genre in such a way that the publisher can visualize the precise market for your novel.
  • Explain why you are qualified to write this book—even if you are a first-time author.
  • Avoid the three items you should NEVER include in a fiction book proposal.
  • Convey the “story arc” of your novel in one page and avoid the mistakes typically made by amateurs.
  • Include just enough of your novel to prove that you can write but not so much as to make reading it too daunting.
Michael Hyatt’s ebook provided me with a step by step process which helped me to both clarify my message as a first-time author as well as communicating that core message to potential agents and publishing companies. Numerous agents commented on the quality of my proposal and I am pleased to have recently entered into an author agent agreement with a well established literary agency. I highly recommend this product to any author seeking to better navigate the turbulent waters of the publishing business.”

Terry Timm

You Take ZERO Risk

I am so confident you will be satisfied with my ebooks, I offer the following guarantee:

If you don’t find these ebooks helpful and worth every penny you pay, just send me a quick email, and I will quickly and courteously refund your money. No questions asked.

What could be fairer than that?

Just last month a publisher accepted a book proposal that I prepared after reading Michael Hyatt’s clear, concise, and wise advice. His book is a good investment.”

Andy Naselli

So far, I have sold thousands of these ebooks. Yet I have only had a handful of refund requests. Nonetheless, the offer still stands. Why? Because I don’t want you to miss this opportunity to secure a publishing contract and experience the life-changing impact of becoming a published author!

Why These eBooks Are Unique

Yes, there are other books and courses on how to write a book proposal. Mine aren’t the only ones. But I do believe mine are unique for three reasons:

  1. I am a published author. I know what it’s like to get rejected—and accepted—by agents and publishers.
  2. I am a former literary agent. I have sold hundreds of projects to traditional publishers. I know what it takes to get a publisher’s attention and get five, six, and even seven-figure offers for my clients.
  3. I am a former publisher. I know what it’s like to receive thousands of proposals a month. I also know why a handful of these grabbed my attention and caused me to reach for my checkbook.

Writing a Winning Book Proposal Laying Open

When it comes to getting a book contract, you need someone with experience to guide you—not ivory tower advice or theory. You need a slam-dunk, sure-fire way to get your proposal noticed.

I have been a ‘virtual’ student of Michael Hyatt’s since first discovering his blog a little over a year ago. His posts on leadership, productivity, publishing and social media are part of my daily ‘learn something new’ routine. Although I am already a published non-fiction author, I ordered his ebook, Writing a Non-Fiction Proposal as soon as it was offered. I was not surprised to discover it to be one of the most well-written and easiest to follow writing tools I have ever used. I followed his step-by-step guide to create a proposal for my latest work and received a publishing offer out of it. What more can I say? I am using it again right now for my next book proposal and expecting the same result!

Pat Layton

What Is Your Time Worth?

Some friends suggested I should charge $30–50 for these ebooks—not based on the page count (after all, non-fiction ebook is only 32 pages long and the fiction eBook is only 28 pages long), but on the specialized information they contain and the RESULTS THEY HAVE PRODUCED for so many authors. “This is a minuscule investment,” they argued, ”compared to the results these ebooks produce.”

However, I decided to offer these e-books for just $19.97 each. I may raise the price later, but for right now, I would rather make these ebooks available to as many people as possible at an affordable price. In addition, if you are considering both fiction and non-fiction, you can buy both ebooks for just $29.94—a $10.00 savings!

I attended a writer’s conference with the verbal story of an encounter that redefined confession and freedom in my life. Quite a few publishing houses and agents asked me to email them my book proposal. Being completely green, I returned home with no idea where to begin and searched the web for a “format” to follow. I verbatim went off of Michael’s book proposal format which not only caught the eye of a senior acquisition’s editor at a major publishing house, but also secured me the agent I had hoped to work with! A priceless resource! Thanks Michael!”

Elizabeth Fisher

Make Your Dream Come True

So what are you waiting for? The dream of getting a book contract is within reach. Just click on the buy button below and let’s get started! Remember: each book comes with my money-back guarantee.

Please note: these e-books are available only as a PDF download. I do not offer physical, printed copies. Nor do I offer these in Kindle or ePub format.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/karpo karpo

    just ordered it – can't wait to use it!

    • avisionaree

      how did this work out for you?

  • http://online.worldmag.com/author/scott-lamb/ SLamb

    I have used the shorter PDF again and again — exceptionally helpful — so I expect that this will be of great assistance too, and will recommend it to others.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Awesome! Thanks.

  • http://www.lifebeyondsport.com Stephanie

    I used the former document (before it was an ebook) to write a proposal for my book, Leader of the Pack: The Legacy of Legendary Coach Kay Yow. As a result, I received compliments from publishers/agents that I had an excellent proposal and eventually landed a publisher.

    I recommend it to anyone who is writing a book–whether you want to go the self-publishing route or are trying to secure a publisher. It helped me think through many aspects of producing a book (marketing ideas, competition, etc.) that I may not have otherwise realized I needed to address.

    Thank you, Michael!

  • http://www.jeffreyjmeyers.com Jeff Meyers

    Just ordered it. Sounds excellent. Thanks!

  • http://www.rhettsmith.com Rhett Smith


    Just purchased it….So looking forward to this….

    I got the chance to sit down with Anne Jackson at the last conference we spoke at and she shared with me many of her thoughts on book proposals…many of which probably came from you. So now I was even more stoked to have this resource.


    Rhett Smith

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I am so excited that we are publishing Anne's next book. Her book proposal was killer. She even included a video, which was very compelling.

      • http://www.youthmaster.blogspot.com Marvin Nelson

        I can't wait to read it! Mad Church Disease was GREAT!

      • http://www.rhettsmith.com Rhett Smith

        Yes. She was telling me about that and seems so excited to be with you guys. She sent me a copy of her PDF proposal….like nothing I had seen as far as proposals. Not that I'm around a lot of proposals :-)


        • jamieywrites

          Is there any way you’d be able to share her proposal? Would be great to know the guidelines.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fogbound fogbound

    I haven't read this ebook yet, but I did read your article on a winning book proposal several years ago and have been following it in all my proposals. I've got lots of rejections but I have also received positive comments on a well written proposal. So I'm still in the process with three completed manuscripts and I'm looking for positive response. Your advice was great, even in the free article Michael!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your kind remarks. If it's any encouragement, Andy Andrews received 52 rejections before we (Thomas Nelson) finally agreed to publish it. Even we had previously rejected it twice. However, the last time, Andy did follow my advice in the article that eventually became this eBook.

      • jj

        hey will u plz help me because i am still not done with my book and i want to get it published

        • SomeThoughts

          I wouldn’t use “u” and “plz” when asking for help on publishing a book. Just some thoughts.

          • SaHaRa

            I was thinking exactly the same thing when I read jj’s note, SomeThoughts. You need to sound serious to be taken serious – just some thoughts too.

          • Nisism Levy

            Your second “serious” should be “seriously”.

  • http://www.youthmaster.blogspot.com Marvin Nelson

    I must say that out of all the things I have found as a new (aspiring) author, this ebook was the most helpful tool I have ever used. Warren Bird (author of several Church growth books) a mentor of mine read my book proposal and said how amazing it was. I told him all I did was pattern it off of this document by Michael Hyatt. I know that what I learned from this ebook will help me in my way to getting published! Thanks Michael!

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Wow! I am honored. This is awesome!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/brettaljets brettaljets

    Just purchased. Looking forward to the read and writing!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/wisdomcalls wisdomcalls

    Purchased it tonight. I am 2/3 through and it has been well worth it! This is helping me clarify my purpose and my content. I am very excited about how this process is going to affect not only my book proposal but also the entire book. The format is EASY to understand and apply. Thank you Mike for putting in the example along with your descriptions. Picturing my audience (in the specific ways outlined) has reenergized me to focus on meeting their need with my book. Many thanks for your generous tips for finding success in this industry. Well worth the money!

  • http://www.intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    If you have found this eBook helpful, please leave a comment.

    Also, if you order this and don't receive the download link, check your spam folder. If it is not there, you are welcome to email me directly at michael dot hyatt at gmail dot com.


    • http://intensedebate.com/people/JustinWise Justin Wise

      Just ordered. Cannot WAIT to rip into this. Well done … And thanks for leading the next generation well, Michael!

    • http://www.resurrection-mission.com Jack Robinson

      Excited to obtain this guide. Extremely easy and fast through PayPal.


    • Smacs

      Hi Michael,

      Is there a difference between the shorter version of this, and the longer one?



    • Sharon

      I just ordered your two e-books, got the download link. But it won't work, just stalls at save as. Please find out what's going on and correct. I don't think it's my computer. I have 12GB RAM.

  • http://www.elisilvaphotography.com jenily silva

    just ordered!!!!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    I just bought it… 1) to see what updates there are 2) to check out the new layout 2) to support your test. :) The previous version was extremely useful and quickly became my default resource to share with new authors looking to draft a proposal or just learn more about the process. No doubt this revised / updated version will be even better. I consider the $9.95 investment also a small “thank you” for the amount of time and information you share with us all. It's a worthy exchange.

    Couple questions:
    1) Do you have plans to create any sort of affiliate program with this e-book?
    2) Was there a specific program you used for layout of it? Looks great, love the formatting and ability to make the pages advance via arrows at bottom. Almost looks like a “Change This” PDF.
    3) Is there any way to include a few actual proposals that sold as a further example? Maybe a few different genres? Obviously the author(s) would have to agree to share. That might be helpful to others to also see some real world examples.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Daniel, sorry for the delay in responding. I was attending the Catalyst conference and am just now catching up.

      1. Yes. However, I have to figure out the software component on this. I plan to do this next week, while I am on vacation and have a little extra time.

      2. My designer used Adobe In-Design. I gave him the “Change This” PDF as an example. ;-)

      3. I think including some sample proposals is a GREAT idea. I can tell you that Andy Andrews used this format for The Traveler’s Gift, which became a New York Times bestseller. I will check on this. It is a wonderful idea.

      Thanks so much for your questions.

      • Anonymous

        might I ask what the “Change This” PDF is?

        • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

           Joel, I believe it is the template used for PDFs on the website http://changethis.com/

  • http://online.worldmag.com/author/scott-lamb/ SLamb

    Downloaded the eBook — very useful and easy-to-follow. Folks, if you want to know how it is done, buy this Ebook.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

    freaking best ebook ever.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      John, you are WAY too kind. But thanks!

      • Tahji09

        Do you offere press release help as well?

  • http://www.livehealthierandhappier.com DuongSheahan

    I just downloaded this e-book to have for when the time is right for that book project! Thank you!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jenvdavis jennifervdavis

    Thank you for taking the time to help aspiring authors! You are right–my time is valuable, as I have three children three and under. I've recently had a renewed passion (and need) for writing, and this e-book will definitely help me as I progress. I just purchased it a few minutes ago, but from what I skimmed, I can tell this layout is clear and easy to understand. Just what I need–thank you!

    • Abdirahman

      thank you for your preparation and i say a negative thinker see a difficulty in every opportunity and a positive thinker see an opportunity in every difficulty, i wish u good luck 

  • Lynn McCallum

    Does this address fiction and non-fiction?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, it doesn't address fiction very well. I am planning to write another eBook specific to that. Thanks.

      • Jason

        Is it possible for you to blog on some of the major differences which apply to fiction? Or perhaps have someone from your company do it as a guest blogger? I only ask because "I am planning to write another eBook…" sounds like it might take a while.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

          I don't think it will take that long. I am planning to start next week. Thanks.

  • http://www.jasonyounglive.com Jason Young

    I just downloaded the ebook. I look forward to learning.

  • http://www.philsnextkick.com Phillip Coxwell

    I have just gotten into writing myself, and have just started on my first novel… I'm not so sure it's going to be the best, most original novel every, but the most important thing I think is to actually do it.

    I just ordered this ebook too, because even if it's not good enough to get my book published, I would love to get feedback from professionals, and it seems like following this pdf will be the best way to get publishers to at least take a look at my idea.

    Thanks for this great resource!

  • Diane

    I want to be like Mike! :)

    Thanks. I read the older version, ready to read the update!

  • Julie

    I just read your e-book. I am eagerly anticipating your e-book for fiction propsals. I am half way through my first fiction novel and would love to see if I am moving in the right direction. Can't wait to read it!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt michaelhyatt

    I am working on that now. I expect to be done in about four weeks. Thanks!

  • http://www.n2growth.com/blog Mike Myatt

    Hi Michael:

    For what it’s worth, I think it’s a great move to raise the price on your eBook. While price is always “a” consideration, it is rarely “the” consideration. In my experience it’s not the price, but the perception of whether or not real value will be received for the price paid.

    In the case of your eBook, potential authors should easily be willing to invest a few dollars more for advice from a subject matter expert whose counsel can potentially generate a huge return on investment.

  • http://twitter.com/jameswoosley @jameswoosley


    Just wanted to let you know that this is the first ebook I've ever purchased and my expectations are very high if I ever get one again. Within the first week I was able to put together the majority of my book proposal, outlining my entire book in just a few hours.

    Even if I never send it to a publisher and decide to self-publish, your ebook provided me with the most tangible means I've seen to narrow my focus and outline my approach. I've had several book ideas that never got beyond a few pages. I think they're going to get the ebook treatment now thanks to you!

    Anyone who is serious about writing their first book needs to buy this ebook!

    James Woosley

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Wow. Thanks for your kind words! You made my day.

  • http://twitter.com/josephmcole @josephmcole

    I purchased your ebook about a month ago when you offered the revised edition. I read your FB status today that you are working on a Fiction edition. I am more interested in the Fiction edition. Are they separate books (meaning I would buy the fiction edition) or do I simply have to "upgrade" my current edition? Either way I am a happy customer.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      It is a separate eBook. However, I will be emailing all the people who bought the first one with an offer to buy the second one at a discount. Thanks.

  • Shannon C.

    Hi! I am very interested in your eBook. Does it address children's books?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      No, it does not. You could probably adapt it, but I don't address that specifically. Thanks.

  • http://jeffgoins.myadventures.org Jeff Goins

    Do you offer like a free sample of this, Michael? Something like a teaser?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Jeff, unfortunately, I don't. However, that's why I offer a money-back guarantee. I have only ever been asked for two refunds—both because people inadvertently ordered two copies.

  • Amber

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for such a thorough guide! I love it. However, you don't mention if we should compose a cover letter to go on top. Should we? If so, should it be brief or more toward a middling length?

    Thanks again!

  • http://twitter.com/jimmymoncrief Jimmy

    Thank you so much for making this available. This is by far the best book I have read on putting an agent package together.

    Hopefully in the next month my book will be accepted by a publisher.

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  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    Just a note that the fiction version is now available. I am really excited about it!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

    is there a way to get a $10 discount if we've bought the first one?


    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I sent an email to everyone who bought the first one with the link to the discounted version. I'll email you privately with the link. Thanks.
      My recent post Top Ten Posts of November 2009

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I sent an email to everyone who bought the first one with the link to the discounted version. I'll email you privately with the link. Thanks.
      My recent post Top Ten Posts of November 2009

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/human3rror human3rror

        NVM! I'm sorry, didn't see the link.

        Buying it now!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/klreed189 Kyle Reed

    I am currently reading through and using this great book proposal guide myself.
    Definitely worth the 10 dollars.

  • http://twitter.com/BenjaminNeeley @BenjaminNeeley

    I asked my wife if I could buy the non-fiction version! She said, "Yes." So…i'm reading it and winning. Great job. Very helpful.

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  • Jeremiah

    Not to be pessimistic, but no one seems to have any real feedback on whether or not the book helped them. The majority of the people that bought your product has not acomplished anything with it. Let me ask you this, let's say for sake of discussion that you have really good manuscript, how ,ong, using your book's info., would you say it would take to get it published? Otherwise, you are just buyign a book to sell a book, right?

    • Scott


      Before using MIchael's approach, I bought, read, and used (tried to) 15+ books on the subject – "How to write NF book proposals." Why there is a need for so many books on such a small niche subject I am still not sure…but I digress.

      Most of them helped bring clarity here and there, but they too often contradicted each other on small points – the very points at which you didn't want there to be confusion in your proposal.

      I committed to following Michael's standard 100% and the resulting work was much more enjoyable to write and focused in content. Make no mistake, it was still a lot of work to create. But the work had strong direction to it – once I trusted Michael's approach and ceased feeding the time-killer of proposal indecision.

      As to how long it takes to get a manuscript onto the bookshelf, non-fiction works are bought on the basis of a proposal, not a manuscript. That is, if you don't have a proposal that someone gets interested in, you probably don't/won't have a manuscript that someone will get into.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I think that Scott is right. There are a thousand variables that will affect how long it takes to get a book deal. And ultimately, all my eBooks will help you do is package the content. If basic idea is flawed, your still going to get rejected. However, having the right idea is not enough. You have to present it in a way that improves your chances of getting published.

    • Anonymous

      Jeremiah, I down loaded the fiction book and found it valuable.  I have three non-fiction books in print. Wanting to try my hand at non-fiction, I needed to learn what was expected for this genre. I would say that your questions aren’t framed well. A good proposal will not guarantee you a book deal, but a poorly shaped proposal will doom your MS from the outset. What you are buying is the perspective and experience of a publishing insider attached to one of the largest Christian publishers. 

  • Jeremiah

    P.S. ignore typos – not for sale!

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  • http://twitter.com/mdgoodyear @mdgoodyear

    Personally, I'm disappointed that you removed the free download. I used to share that with author-hopefuls all the time.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

    I understand. However, if someone is serious about writing a book, they will happily invest this small amount of money. I have found that people usually assume free information is worthless.

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  • Karen

    There's no real feedback here and I think you're being a bit greedy by asking that much for an ebook. I'd consider paying that for a printed version, but not a download version.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      There’s a common misconception that when you buy the book you are paying for the materials—paper, ink, shipping, etc. I don’t see it this way. Instead, you are paying for the information and, more specifically, a solution.

      That information is either worth the asking price or it’s not. The “fair price” is whatever the market is willing to pay. I price-tested it at $9.97, $19.97, and $29.97. There was no difference in demand at the two lower prices. I only saw a fall off at the highest price.

      Also, as you may have noticed, I offer a no-questions-asked, money-back-guarantee. After selling more than 1,000 copies, I have only had two requests for refunds, both of which I granted within minutes of the request.

      Thanks for your input

      • Debbie Harris

        I bought the non fiction book proposal and it did not down load to my computer. Could I get another download please?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Please send an email to tricia at michaelhyatt dot com. She will help you. Also, you might want to check your spam folder. Thanks.

  • http://www.theresaipfroehlich.com Theresa Ip Froehlich

    Most of the comments here simply said they purchased the downloads but haven't read it or achieved results by reading it. As a result, I cannot depend on their comments as testimonials.
    My question is this: how is this e-book more "winning" than other books out there on writing book proposals?
    My recent post Welcome

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      You can download it and see for yourself. If it is not helpful, I will happily refund your money.

  • Shari

    I agree that many people will not value the content unless they have invested what they value – time and money.
    I just downloaded them and am looking forward to applying what I learn.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • http://intensedebate.com/profiles/reflectionsbypj reflectionsbypj

    I'm looking forward to learning a great deal and applying newly obtained knowledge before the end of the year… believing great things are yet to come. Thank you.

  • harmony

    u doin just great,its a good deal for helping aspiring authors..you all can never be forgotten for the great impact you are giving… you deserve a world award n i knw billions of pple will second this….

  • http://www.tommyblazecomic.com Tommy Blaze

    The fiction version.
    Bought it, read it.
    Question: No mention of marketing strategy? What about unique opportunities the author brings to the table like access to mass media, etc? Don’t mention them?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt michaelhyatt

      It is extremely unusual for a fiction author to have a platform. However, if you have it, by all means tell it.

      • Jordan

        He's asking YOU why there is no mention of the things cited. He bought and read the fiction version and obviously isn't happy with it.

        Have you refunded his money? Or is your question – an obvious deflection – all that Tommy Blaze will get by way of response?

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

          Actually, he didn't ask for a refund, but I would happily refund it. These ebooks are not designed to answer every question. They are designed to do one thing: help an author to prepare a compelling proposal. Thanks.

  • http://www.lowest-rate-loans.com Kayla30DICKERSON

    One acknowledges that life seems to be high priced, nevertheless some people need money for various things and not every one earns big sums money. Thence to get good loans or just student loan would be a proper solution.

  • Olif Spear

    What book stores carry these titles?

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  • http://www.karenjordan.net KarenJordan

    Just ordered both e-books. Thx!

  • Melanie

    What about Christian devotional books? I write daily devotionals and email them to my friends and many have suggested that I compile my favorite or most popoular devotionals into a book and have them published. I would love your insight on the popularity or viability of publishing a devotional book. Do they fall under the genre of non-fiction? I would like to buy one of your ebooks.

    • Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, devotional books are a tough sell. The only ones that I have seen work are either extraordinarily written (e.g., Jesus Calling) or the work of a very famous personality (e.g., Charles Stanley, Charles Swindoll, or Max Lucado).

      Regardless, it would fall under non-fiction. Thanks.

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  • http://www.embracepositivepassion.com Renata

    Having just purchased the Non-Fiction version, I wanted to personally thank you for creating a very user-friendly format to follow!

    My Mom, Georgiana, has created "Embrace Positive Passion" with the inspirational mission to EMBRACE the present moment with a POSITIVE attitude filled with great PASSION! Her original writings and pictures are dedicated to living each moment to the fullest.

    My goal and gift to her is to help her dream of a picture/gift book become a reality. Thank you for your valuable experience and wise advice in helping us along our journey. :-)

  • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

    Why $19.97 as opposed to, say, a more intuitive $19.95?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      In my price testing, .97 out-pulled .95. Go figure.

      • http://blog.cyberquill.com Cyberquill

        That would be food for an interesting blog post, don't you think? Why do people feel drawn to certain prices more than others?

        The human brain works by association. When I hear 1995, I think of the O.J. Simpson trial. When I hear 1997, I think of Lady Diana. Even though the latter died that year, I like her much better than I like the other guy.

        I wonder if $17.76 would poll well among American consumers but poorly among British ones.

        Also, the number 7 is a mystical number. Seven seas, seven deadly sins, etc. Perhaps people feel magically attracted to terminal 7's.

  • Israel Tapia

    It seems to be agreat resource-Than you Very Much!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1059680831 Chanel Godinez

    i'm honored… i LOVE george orwell!!!

  • http://douridasliterature.com/katsoulaki.html Helen Katsoulakis

    Do I write like Rudyard Kipling ? my historical novel THE BLIND ACTOR was the best seller in Greece. It will be nominated for THE NOBEL PRIZE by Academy of Athens .It must be published in English. The historical backgraound is extrremelly timely: IRAN.

    Contact me.

  • thewcbee@hotmail.com

    Thank you, but I am already a published author. I'm just playing here to see if I sound like anyone else. Apparengly, I do! This is fun!

  • Orla

    Apparently I write like JK rowling. Delighted!

  • Jordan

    It seems that person most benefiting from these e-books is Michael Hyatt, the author. For "just" 30 dollars I can have something in e-book format? For "just" 30 dollars I can go out and buy a book – there seems, as others have said, to be a not-insignificant element of greed here.

    Moreover, what is it with the Christianity-based advertisements?

    I feel uncomfortable here with THAT much devotion to religion. The separation of church and state should exist on the web as well, or — if indeed this is a Christian-based site, say it up-front, don't present yourself as someone who is out to "help" aspiring authors, but rather as one who who wishes to make money while espousing a strongly slanted POV – the advertisements and then the "Literary Agents Who Represent Christian Authors" link… fairly dispositive, given the ads, and the links and rest of it.

    Sadly, the greed is also of a piece – the believe that one is entitled to wealth if one is a good christian, something I, frankly, find repugnant. No one is "entitled" – regardless of their religious affiliation, and greed, is greed; 30 dollars for 2 e-pamphlets is indeed greed.

    I don't expect this comment to actually be left up, after all, you reserve the right to delete comments that are "snarky, offensive, or off-topic." The questions in mine are very much on topic – why the elevated price, why the greed, has anyone actually been published as a result of your e-pamphlets, and the question relating to the heavy christian content is legitimate in that you are asking us to pay you – I want to know what I'm paying for, and whether there is a religious slant to it; such slant suggested by the heavy Christian content on the website.

    But.. your disclaimer is based on how YOU feel – which makes me wonder how many comments are deleted because they raise the same question or questions which I have raised. And yes, I am a writer, not an "aspiring" writer, but a writer. I have not been published, but neither have I sought that out. I was genuinely interested, and to an extent, still am, assuming you can answer these questions truthfully and explain why the greed, and whether the content of the e-material contains a christian slant or not.

    I haven't seen anyone state they were published as a result of your material, but I can easily see that you've made good money selling it.

    Looking forward to a genuine response, but expecting deletion.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      I am a Christian and 94% of the people who read me are Christians (according to my most recent reader survey). I am the CEO of a Christian publishing company, so that shouldn't be a surprise. However, the ebooks do not have any religious content.

      If you are not comfortable with this, then by all means, don't buy the ebooks. If you think the books are over-priced, that's fine, too.I promise, you won't hurt my feelings. ;-)

      By the way, I have never deleted any comments on this page. I have had three requests for refunds, which I granted immediately.

      Kind regards.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/michaelhyatt Michael Hyatt

      By the way, I did delete your last comment. Your personal attacks make it clear that nothing I could say will convince you.

    • Aly-Cat

      I have a question, and I apologize if you think this is none of my business, but it kind of struck a chord with me. Why can't a Christian-based organization just help people? Why does it have to be portrayed so negatively? It's like, "I'm here to help aspiring writers, and, oh yeah, by the way, I'm a Christian." Why should that matter? Helping people is just part of what the Christian faith is truly about.

      Because this is a Christian-based company, that would probably explain all of the Christian-based advertisements. If you don't like them, that's fine. No-one said you had to look at them.

      As for the high price, I agree with what Michael said. It's worth it for some people, and for others, it's not. If it's not worth it to you, get a refund. It's that simple.

      Please don't think that I'm attacking you…I just wanted to express some of the things that came to my mind as I read your post. And again, I apologize if you think I'm sticking my nose where it doesn't belong.

  • digamber singh bisht

    EnterI am still writing my novel, so will wait till it get finished. definitely looking for it in future.

  • Jordan

    Greed masquerading as "Christianity." No where on the website does it say that ANYONE at all has been published as a result of using these over-priced e-pamphlets. E-books? Come now, Michael, you haven't "self-published" e-books; you've put together a package which nameless "colleagues" – Who are these colleagues? It's very easy to say that you "told" to price it higher, it serves to make you look like a benefactor.

    See, I'm giving them away! For the bargain price of 20 bucks a pop (or 30 for both!) you can have these e-pamphlets which will not do anything at all to help you get published, but which will enrich me, and further convince me that I am entitled, as a white, male Christian to all the good things in life, as I set back with a self-satisfied smile, err, smirk, and false bonhomie.

    See, Michael, I do know how to write – and you don't impress me. Not in the slightest. The hucksterism of linking a "Who do you write like" so-called "analysis tool" to this website and the myriad pop-ups that refuse to die is pure marketing at its greediest.

    "CONGRATULATIONS! You write like Vladimir Nabokov! H.P. Lovecraft! Corey Doctorow! Stephen King! and a plethora of others… if you want to write BETTER… just go and BUY these materials, we'll fix you RIGHT up, spend money, make Michael a happy man and you too can write better.

    And if you don't, well, at least you can feel you tried by spending money that you probably can't afford for a product that isn't – isn't a product, and isn't worth the money.

    I asked Mr. Hyatt to simply answer a question. How many people, to his knowledge, had been published AFTER buying and utilizing his materials, who had not been able to obtain a publishing contract, or attract interest, prior to spending the money on these materials and using them.

    The response? "I deleted your comment because it's clear that you won't be convinced."

    ….. I won't be convinced? No one should be convinced if Mr. Hyatt won't be more forthcoming with real answers – as opposed to marketroid language and unethical websites that funnel people to his "BUY MY STUFF" portal.

    We're waiting, Michael.

    How many people have been published, who had not been prior to buying and utilizing your product?

    It's a simple question.

    (note his disclaimer – " reserve the right to delete comments that are snarky, offensive, or off-topic." – in other words, any comments that aren't fanboy/fangirl fawning – "oh I can't wait until the material arrive" "Just ordered these e-books. Thx!" And so forth.

    Interestingly there is nothing about "I just got a contract thanks to the material in your e-books, best investment I ever made" — if such existed, you can be SURE that it would be bannered on the first page so that people would further be persuaded to spend their money.

    But there isn't any of that sort of thing there.

    And so, AGAIN. Answer the question, Mr. Hyatt. Has ANYONE at all been published as a result of utilizing your materials?

    If the answer is no, that information should be on the face of the website – of course, as soon as Michael sees this, he'll delete it as "snarky, offensive, and off-topic" since it doesn't praise him for the wondrous gift of providing e-info for 30 dollars.

    It's very much on topic. As for snarky – possibly a tad, given that I've asked this questions several times without an answer. Offensive? Only if asking for the truth is an offense.

    How about it, Michael?

    • R. Nathanael

      10/19/10: About 18 months ago, I got in here, and what Michael had was free. Now he wants money for preparing with the proposal guidelines? This is preposterous. No wonder about 2 months ago when I went searching again for the beloved goodies, I came up empty handed!

    • R. Nathanael

      continuing from the last:

      I sure have had plenty of email from Westbow, their self-publishing arm, even phone calls. I'm sorry. I don't have $2,000 to shell out right now for my 125-page reference-style book. If you, Michael, want $19.95 for your five pages of material, how much is my words of Jesus book worth? $500?

      No doubt, I liked your stuff, but now you're selling it? How do you expect ANYONE to publish? I thought this was a service, and now it's been erased. And Jordan raises some great points: what's to make my book sell? Just because I answer a few questions for the editor is no sign I will be able to pull off salesmanship out there in the real world.

      Do I have the savvy or nerdiness to subtly solicit sales on one (or many) of the social networking sites at my disposal? How do you start without a byline, or from ground zero, especially in these troublesome times? How do I get an "in" of fame so that people will recognize my valued work? I'm too particular to let just any old words come across, but I AM getting hungry. Where do I go from here?

    • Brad Hensley

      You’re pretty annoying… if you don’t like his site or material, quit reading it.

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  • http://videoworshipbackgrounds.com Worship Backgrounds

    A friend asked me to consult him on marketing his book if it ever gets published (I run a video marketing company). I've worked with a variety of clients and verticals in my 12 years of doing this, but from the little research that I've done for him, books are a whole different game. I'm tempted to buy this book, just to gain some insights into the book world.

    BTW, concerning the price, things ending in .95 have grown a serious stigma thanks to a certain variety of TV ads. Still, items with trailing odd numbers tend to seem lower in price, but also in quality. It's always a trade-off. If you want to make something seem expensive, but maybe worth it, head the opposite direction and give it a fairly round number with even numbers.

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  • Maryam

    wow! this is fun! It said that I write like Stephenie Meyer!

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  • Krystal

    What about poetry?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Honestly, these eBooks will not help you with poetry. It is the most difficult of all genres to get published.

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  • regina tittel

    I can’t understand what all the fuss is about. It takes money to make money, as the old saying goes. And if someone’s queries aren’t gaining a positive response, it only makes sense to seek further education toward this and your book may hold the answer.

    Those who complain about the price won’t want to give their book away for free when published. So why do they expect Michael to?

    Kudos to you, Michael. Thanks for putting something together that other companies, such as the Van Diest Agency, are recommending for aspiring authors as guidelines to follow when submitting their work. If one is serious about publication, and an agency has given them a key to know exactly what they expect from a query, I would expect they would only be too happy to follow it.

  • ads

    Thank you for a great blog. Is this ebook applicable to a workbook style 8 week Bible study? The title is "Understanding Womanhood: God's plan revealed from Genesis to Revelation". Would this be a separate part of the publishing industry? Thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Some of the non-fiction eBook would be applicable to this type of book, but you would have to adapt it.

  • Aly-Cat

    I would love to buy this e-book, but I have just one question, and you may think me ignorant for asking this. Can you read an e-book if you don't have an e-book reader? I suppose what I'm asking is, can you just store it on your computer without putting it on an outside device? Anyone can answer this question…I'm very technologically 'behind', as you can probably guess. Thanks in advance for answers!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, they are specifically designed for reading on your computer. You will have to use the free Adobe Reader program. The documents are in PDF format (i.e., “portable document format”).

    • Deedee

      Aly-Cat, don’t feel bad, I’m not sure either.  However, I accidentally bought the ebook without realizing that it was not a CD or DVD until I noticed no shipping.  The problem is Mr. Hyatt has absolutely no phone number on his website to ask what I do now?  I have no product but they have my money.  I sent an email to him after searching through Thomas Nelson where he is supposedly the chairman, oddly they don’t even have a phone number for him.  They gave me an email of which I sent a request for a response, he has yet to answer.  I got a phone number off of my bank account for him, still no response. I called his speaking request line, left a message still no answer. So, I wouldn’t buy it until you get answer.

    • Mgk90

       Hi Aly-Cat,

      Your question may already have been answered but JIC and for those who may have the same query:

      There is a free Kindle app for iPad, Macs, even PCs on Amazon.  I recently went to it and downloaded and have happily been reading on my “Kindle” Mac ever since.

      Here’s the link to make it downright-fall-off-a-log simple :)  :


      Hope that Helps/1

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  • Fargon101

    Are your books only available via ebook? Or can I buy a hardcopy somewhere? Defineitly interested..

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, only as ebooks.

      • d24

        I paid for the E-book so how do I download it?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          You should have received a link via email. You might check your junk or spam folder. Sometime it gets caught there. If not, you can contact tricia at michaelhyatt dot com.

  • Cathy

    Hi Michael,

    I recently purchased Writing a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal and I am reading it now. It’s great! I have a question for you. If I am writing a book that is focused on the results of a major survey. Is it necessary to have administered the survey and have all of the results before submitting a book proposal? Because the survey is involved and time consuming, I would want to have a commitment first. Thanks Michael!


  • guest

    I recently read the Heaven is for Real book and felt a close attachment to God as I read it.  I have never written a book nor even thought about it.  Nearly 20 years ago, my husband and I  suffered the tragic death of our 20 year old daughter.  She was murdered in her duplex.  To this day her killer has never been brought to justice.  I have had people suggest writing a book about it but never felt competent.  After reading the heaven book, I felt a strong tugging from God to write a book about our loss.  For all these years, I never knew what the book would contain.  I now know what God wants it to say.  I believe God wants a book of the effect of our daughter’s death on each family member and how God brought us through that period of time.  We have never discussed how each of us felt during the time.  Mostly, all the attention was given to me as I have suffered from manic depression along with other health problems.  I have never been so sure of anything as I am to the writing of this book and getting it out to the public as a way to honor God for all the help he has given to us.  I would like to visit with you about this. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, I don’t work with first time authors any longer. However, this post will get you started.

  • Bonani Dhar

    Dear Mr. Haytt,

    Your presentation on the ebook is really amazing and I am most tempted to pay for your book on Non-fiction. However, my request is to just get some glimps of some of the important pages, as that would be an assurance to my buying the right thing.

    I am a development specialist and I want to write a chronology of interesting experiences co-relating them with theories and thoughts. I have been a student of English Literature as well and I love to express myself in fine English.
    Having said that, I shall look forward to your response. My email id is: bonani.dhar1@gmail.com
    Ms. Bonani Dhar

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks for your thoughts on that. Don’t forget, I offer a money-back guarantee. If it’s not what you want, I will promptly refund your money.

  • http://quietanthem.blogspot.com/ Renee Ronika Klug

    What resource–from these or another book–would you recommend for a memoir? 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would use the non-fiction one.

  • BlancaV

    Since I read the following sentence, I’ve been fascinated with your book! Not sure if I believe it. :) “It’s not about having a great book idea.”

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      A great idea is not enough to attract an agent or publisher. It takes a great proposal to present that idea. Does that help?

  • LRovig

    Dear Mr. Hyatt,
    Thought you’d like to know of a typo in two of the quotes:
    in the quote from Terry Timm (“an” should be “a”) “as an first-time author ”
    and in the quote from Elizabeth Fisher (“by” should be “my”) : 
    “Quite a few publishing houses and agents asked me to email them by book proposal.”

    Thank you for many new ideas, sir. it’s always thought-provoking to read your blog and even to read your advertisement for your books.

  • http://facinggrace.com Daniel Bernstrom

    Mr. Hyatt,
    I’m sure it can feel daunting, answering all these comments, but thank you for taking an expressed interest in your readers. It means so much to us. 

    I’m writing to ask about your great ebooks. I bought both of these about a year ago. Did you update them? And if you did, should I buy the updated version or is the advice in the first edition nearly the same?

    Been slowly finishing two book proposals, tough, tough stuff. I know that you are an extremely busy man but if you find time to write another edition, do you think it would be helpful to give some additional advice on tweaking proposals to fit required agent guidelines? Many of the agents, those being Christian, I’ve researched have sometimes interesting and highly detailed guidelines and still others have little to no guidelines. But you said this in your ebook and I was prepared. Just some food for thought. This book is wonderful. And if you write another edition, I’ll buy it again.

    – Dan

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      It has not changed in the last year. Same book. I will take into account your suggestions. Thank you!

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  • Moshkita1

    I can see how you sell your book proposal but i am not interested in making you rich if i can only let everyone know how i overcame and delt with the murder of my mother on memorial day 2001 shortly after getting out of jail waking up and going to the store and seeing on the front page a picture of my mother and the caption 15year old murders grandmother 

  • peter jimenez

    sorry my email is revpeter33@yahoo.com not moshkita1 thankyou

  • http://joelws.com Joel

    Are the e-books not available on Amazon? I would like to download it with my Kindle account, but didn’t see it listed.

  • Vicki Duffy

    I have a book that was self published (Xulon Press) in 2004. Would purchasing your ebook for non fiction be the direction to go to land a literary agent and ultimately book contract?

  • Rolo

    I hope you don’t consider this a dumb question but I’m wondering if this book comes in a word doc or PDF?  I don’t have an e-reader, nook, or kindle, but I’d love to purchase both of your fiction and nonfiction books. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Actually, it only comes as a PDF.

      • Rolo

         Thanks Michael-I just purchased both.  Where would you consider memoir?  Fiction or Nonfiction for the proposal?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          Honestly, it’s a little of both. It typically reads like fiction but is true.

          • Rolo

             Thanks for these tremendously useful books that can be used again and again!  And thanks for answering my questions!

  • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

    Michael, I was going to email you, then discovered  you’ve (understandably) closed that channel. This seems the best place to ask you a question. I came across a landing page for a Terry Whalin ebook about writing for the Christian market. You were the first endorsement listed, so I wanted to ask you if you still think that book could be a valuable resource.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      To be honest, I can’t remember much about it. I would trust anything from Terry. He has lots of experience.

      • http://emuelle1.blogspot.com Eric S. Mueller

        Thank you. I come across a lot of info products. It’s nice to be able to get a recommendation for one from someone I trust.

  • http://blessingmpofu.com Blessing Mpofu

    I just bought the book!!! I’ve decided it’s time i worked on the books i’ve been carrying aroiund in me. thanks mike!

  • Gentsent

    I am an aspiring Author and I wish to thank you for this incredible information on the need for writing a book proposal.

  • Tony


    What are your thoughts on self publishing, and how legitimate is the writer taken? Does self publish imprint make a difference? Like the company you are self publishing with?


  • Debbie Harris

    I bought your non-fiction book. But I would not let me download e-book. Please advise.

  • http://halfbakedhomemaking.com/ Brandy

    I am not a writer, but I do have a story.  My husband and I feel led by God (seperately felt God speaking to us) to share our re-marriage story.  I started sharing my story on my website.  Im just not sure where to start.  Should I be starting with writing a book about it.  Our goal is to speak, share our lives and empower others.  Do you have an ebook that can help me?  Where should I start?  Thanks

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I would suggest reading this post.

  • Jamie

    Excellent. What Steven J Scott would call “salting”.

    Good sales pitch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=531815857 Sarah Pressler

    I am helping a friend write his query letter for a book he has finished writing. He sends a query letter every year to agents. I offered to help revise his letter. First stop… MH’s blog. I KNEW there would be an invaluable resource here. Michael…..you’re the best! I’ve just sent author-friend the link to this ebook and said, “Buy this… you need it. He’s the best. If you’re not following Michael Hyatt, you’re on the wrong track…”  hahahaha  

    Thanks a ton!

  • Sglahn

    Had problems w/ download. Files didn’t go where I needed them to show up. In process of moving them, the fiction one got jarbled. I would prefer to write this privately but didn’t see that option. I’m a prof considering having my entire class buy it. Wish there were a way to get a review copy first. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I also got your email and replied with a few options. If we can’t solve your problem, I will happily refund your money. Thanks.

  • jj

    please help me i am writing a book myself and i want to know if its good or not what should i do?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The only way to know is to try and shop it to agents.

  • Elizabeth Ann Grace

    I am reading the one on non-fiction, Michael.  So appreciative of your wisdom/experience and it is helping me so much to focus in writing my memoir; it is giving me a compass, so to speak.  God bless you!

  • NicoleEleazar

    Why can’t I purchase this from the bookstore on my iPhone?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry. It’s only available as a PDF right now. I intend to concert it to other e-book formats next year.

  • Higgdcynthia51

    micheal am writing a good story you will see its hard but i am sticking wth it!

  • Zernike

    How does one get the $5 discount today?  I clicked through but the normal price is still there. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Unfortunately, my shopping cart is not automatically applying the discount. My developer is working on a fix now. In the meantime, you can click on the shopping cart link that says, “Edit your cart” and enter “BF2011” as the coupon code. Then click on “Apply.” That should apply the discount. I apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Debbie Harris

    Sir I bought the non fiction one and it did not download. Help.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Please email tricia at michaelhyatt dot com. She can help you. Thanks.

  • Craig Strobel

    Do I need any special software to read your e-book?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Just Adobe reader, which is free.

      • Craig Strobel

        Great. I will order it. Thank you.

  • Ashleynbower

    Just ordered it almost three weeks ago wondering where my order is

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You should have immediately received a download link. Sometimes it gets caught in a spam filter. If you can’t find it, write tricia @ michaelhyatt dot com, and she can help you. Thanks.

  • http://www.tnealtarver.wordpress.com TNeal

    Mike, I can see why this continues to make your top-posts list. Each time I read this, I recognize what you offer. I have ideas but I also need road maps to give those ideas direction. You have done that in past posts. I look forward to experiencing your practical publishing wisdom through these ebooks.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Thanks, Tom.

  • Kmk913

    I accidentally bought 2 and need to talk to someone about a refund on one! Sorry!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I just tried to refund the amount for the second copy; however, PayPal told me that the email address you supplied is invalid. Can you please email that to tricia at michaelhyatt dot com? We will issue the refund just as soon as we get that. Thanks.

  • Revjhgaddis

    My name is Rev. James H. Gaddis of Kingsville,Texas:  I am an author,composer;preacher who is endeavoring to start his own eyeware line.  I am presently with Publish America.com.  Emotional Transitions:  An inspirational Book of Poetry,  contact me at revjhg 

  • Revjhgaddis

    My name is revjhgaddis@aol.com:  Iam an author,composer,college graduate; recording artist,actor;preacher.  I am looking for a recording and book deal,  contact me at the email address above.



    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Why not become that person? (The person to make your writing come alive.)

    • A word of advice :)

      Also… don’t write all in CAPS LOCK. :)

  • TN

    My book is a memoir.  Some tell me that’s strict non-fiction.  Others stay that there’s still an element of the fiction.  For getting the contract, which of your books would be better?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      The non-fiction one. However, a memoir is a bit of a hybrid.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.ogweno Ogweno Daniel

    I have authored 9 books 5 of which are self-published. The time I have used seeking a traditional publisher and marketing the ones I have published could be enough to have written another 7. I have so many titles on my desk, I feel I am called to write. If only I could get a traditional publisher!

    Routinely put off by the idea that readers don’t read books, but author’s (celebrities of some sort). Do you mean to say that a good proposal will cover for “unknown-ness” and the ability to buy so many copies of the book for the first printer-run? 

    I am considering buying your book.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Michael..am considering writing a book about fitness/running, could use this.

  • Robertpalmercoaching

    I ordered it and read it. I have a plan and look forward to this project

  • Aaj5005

    لااله الا الله محمد رسول الله
    الله  واحد لاشريك له

  • Virginia Carr

    I purchased Writing a Winning Book Proposal ebooks for $29.94 on Feb. 16, 2010. At the time, I was working on a Bible study so I printed out the Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal. That proved to be successful, and my first Bible study was published last year after presenting the proposal for the first time. I’m now nearing the end of a novel and planned to go back to my file and print out the Fiction Book Proposal. Both ebooks are now garbeled and undecipherable. Could you possibily allow me to download Writing a Winning Fiction Book Proposal again?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Absolutely. I will have my assistant send you a download link. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/1000BibleVerses James Cook

    Looks like the books I’ve been looking for (writing both) Published book goal is out about 3 years so this is good timing for me.  Now, if you could write one titled “How To Be The Next J.K. Rowling, Guaranteed!” ;)

    • http://theordainedbarista.com Barry Hill

      I would buy a copy of that book, for sure! Good luck in your publishing journey!

  • Zimmaeio

    only entuxiast?

  • Aaron

    I’ve been fortunate enough to just have a book accepted for publication this coming fall, which is great, but I know almost nothing about process or etiquette from here. Any good resources on what to expect or things to do to manage the process? For example, shortly after my manuscript was accepted, I was contacted by another publisher (Tommy Nelson!). I had no idea how to say I had just signed a contract but keep the communication open for future opportunities. Any advice? Also read your ebook creation articles with much interest. What download software do you use?


    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Congrats on getting your book accepted for publication. That is a great accomplishment.

  • Writer, Interrupted

    Hi Mr. Hyatt,

    Will either of these books help me with the actual writing process? I have tons of ideas but am feeling stuck getting them into coherent material on the page. Are there sample outlines, synopses, etc. or worksheets to help me get into that awkward first draft?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, I’m afraid they will not. Thanks.

  • Darrylbodkin

    This is a sincere question: books on parenting are fictional? I’m trying to figure out which book I should order.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Books on parenting would be classified as non-fiction.

  • ECook13

    I have been wanting to write a book.  For the past five years everyone keeps asking me, “How do I do it?”  Family, Friends, Colleagues, Acquaintances,  etc, ponder how I am able to manage my life and still be so happy!  I was blown away today when I first found your book on how to write a proposal, where I immediately bought your book, signed up for your daily emails, and then followed the link to “Creating Your Personal Life Plan” and Bam!  The book/genre I am planning on writing.  Crazy!  

    I am a wife, mother of four, full-time working consultant for the power industry, and in the process of earning my doctorate in Electrical Engineering, and I am not even 30, yet!  

    I am super excited about life and I love to wake up to make everyday a new day.  I do have a personal life plan that I didn’t even know I was on track with.  I have been reading everything I can get my hands on from various genres pondering, “How do I do it and how do I start my own book?” 

    I kept telling myself, “you need a proposal before you can go any further.”  

    This website was a little gift from God.  I am very excited to read/finish your books and make my dream a reality.Thanks!!

    • http://theordainedbarista.com/ Barry Hill

      Wow. Awesome! I really found Michael’s book(s) on getting published extremely helpful too, and I am really excited to see his new one on developing a platform. Thanks for leaving such a great comment!

  • http://www.facebook.com/christopherbenvie Christopher Benvie

    I purchased the Non-Fiction edition on January 11th and I have not received anything yet.  I can forward the paypal transaction receipt if need be.  When can I expect to receive my purchase?  Thank you.

  • Shelli Mansfeld

    Hello Michael,
    Poised to order, both books.  I am convinced by every single word you wrote.  However, I do two questions. 
    Should one send off book proposals before completing a novel/manuscript; or is it better strategy to send off proposals at the same time as you are working on the project?
    Two, do you give advice on where and how to submit a book proposal? 
    I am in the middle of writing a “first” novel and haven’t “the faintest” idea at all about where, why, what, how and who.
    Thank you and looking forward to ordering and reading both of your books.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      In the case of fiction, yes, send off the book proposal BEFORE you finish the manuscript. You will usually need to send two sample chapters. In the case of fiction, you will need to send the book proposal AFTER you finish the manuscript. However, you will need to check each agent’s guidelines to know what they want.
      With regard to who, check out my post, Advice to First-Time Authors. Thanks.

  • Michelle

    Mr. Hyatt,
    I have actually finished two manuscripts loosely based on my life experiences.  Would    they be considered non-fiction or fiction?  I have tons of other stories from others life experiences that I will have to add more to create a story.  Purchase the fiction version of your book?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Well, it depends on how you told them. If they are true stories, they would be memoir. If made-up, fiction. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/writtercynt Min. Cynthia Harris

    Getting ready to order it now – very green at all this author lingo.  Published my first novel recently with West Bow Press but I get the feeling now that it’s still a work in progress. All I know is I love write and God speaks to me powerfully when I’m sitting at my laptop, so teach me Michael!

  • Nicky

    I have ordered both books but have received neither invoice nor access to download. Would love to get reading. Please help.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I will have Tricia, my assistant help you. I wonder if they were caught in your spam folder. Thanks.

  • Lauren Huss

    I ordered both books on 2/27/12, and did not receive e-mail invoice, and download. I have checked my spam file and found nothing. I can’t seem to find a customer service link on your site…Please help…I am looking forward to reading your books!

  • http://www.sarahkovac.com Sarah Kovac

    I have to comment. I had never seen a proposal in my life. I ordered Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal and followed it to the letter to threw together a proposal for my autobiography. That proposal snagged the first agent I spoke with, and right now I have TWO contract offers in my inbox from publishing houses… one of which is rather large.  I am only 28, and not a terribly experienced writer with a “just okay” platform. I truly believe I wouldn’t have gotten my foot in the door without the help of this e-book. So glad a friend recommended it.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Awesome. I love to hear stories like this!

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      This is amazing! Congrats, Sarah. So happy for you!

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Love hearing stories like this! Congrats Sarah and keep up the great work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Schulz-Jackson/52904404 Daniel Schulz-Jackson

    I am a web designer. (Who happens to be considering buying your book, but that’s not related to this comment :-)

    I noticed that this is a squeeze page: no distraction out-link, BUT that it’s hard to find… I still don’t know how to get to it from your homepage… except by going to shopping cart and continue shopping. That’s actually how I found this book, I was looking around for shopping carts. :-)

    What’s your strategy in having a squeeze page (which says “stay here, I like it when visitors stay here!”) that is tough to find on your site? I’m sure there’s a somewhat prominent link, but it can’t be THAT prominent or I would have found it the 3 times I actively looked for this product page :-)

    I ask because I’m trying to help redesign the book-selling page currently found here: http://connectedfamilies.org/2012/01/13/discipline-connects-childs-heart/


  • Beagles11501

    Michael, What ever you are sending in a version I bought your combo and just tried to open it with TOTAL FAILURE!   My  Mozilla is up to date and what ever your using cannot be.  So I just spent $30.00 dollars on something you got me excited about for nothing?  Wow!  I’m really VERY disappointed  No help page on your main page or where to write so Im forwarding these comments to you-  you say money back guarantee…  You can do I guess, just that.   M Jacobs- Mineola,  NY

  • Tim Sims

    Greetings, I just purchased the ebook “Writing a Winning Book Proposal- Fiction Edition”. I tried to open it and it is telling me that the file is damage and can not open. What should I do?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I apologize Tim. I will have my assistant, Tricia, contact you right away with next steps. Usually, this is the result of not having the latest edition of Adobe Reader installed. Regardless, we will get you going. Thanks.

  • alexandra mitchell

    we ordered your book  writing  non fiction proposals –our credit card has been charged 3/18/12–
    urgently need the copy
    pls advise if you can ship fedex
    alexandra mitchell–tel 805-985-6485

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      This is an e-book ONLY. You should have received a download link via e-mail.
      As the text above says, “Please note: these e-books are available only as a download. I do not offer physical, printed copies.”
      I will have my assistant send you the download link again. Kind regards.

  • http://www.Thinke.org Matt Brown

    Michael, I accidentally downloaded your book twice – realized I had ordered it a few months back. Is there a way to get a refund, or cancel the order I just made? My order # was ORDER NUMBER: 1A670082KV484722K


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Matt, no problem. I have issued you a refund. Thanks.

      • http://www.Thinke.org Matt Brown

        Michael, thank you, and sorry for the extra work. I read it over the weekend and am developing a great proposal – got my first Christian publishing company interested a few weeks back! Huge thanks for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us!

  • http://www.ivblogger.com/ Sheyi

    Michael, i will love to have your book but as  a Nigeria, i cannot make payments online. Is there any other way to get this done?


    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I have responded to you via e-mail. Thanks.

  • http://www.wordpress.donbrobst.com Donald Brobst


    As a first time author, I was lost
    when it came to writing a proposal. To be quite frank, I was horrified. I knew
    that a great proposal is essential, since there are no second chances of making
    a first impression. 

    I purchased your books on Fiction
    and Non-Fiction book proposals, and followed them to the letter. Your approach
    is perfect for those of us who have no experience, as well as those who have
    done this many times. Your format and instructions led me clearly through the

    I am incredibly excited to tell you
    that a literary agent on your list of credible agents signed me up yesterday. I
    never imagined that on my first round of submissions I was successful beyond my

    Thank you for making this dream a
    reality for me. I am forever in your debt. 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations, Donald. How exciting!

  • Gadgets202

    i was just wondering if the book on fiction still helps  if you’ ve written a book on short stories

  • Ginger

    So what do you do if you don’t have a nook or a kindle to post to?

  • Carl Townsend

    Great – this is what I’ve been looking for. Been doing some self-publishing in the Christian market, but one of my books has taken off. I need a serious publisher, and will help. Question: You mentioned somewhere that Thomas Nelson only looks at proposals from agents. This ebook says “for approaching agents and publishers”. I have a professional friend in secular world that has worked and still works with editors and publishers. He says don’t work with agents – you have to pay them big money to read your proposal and they are owned by the publishers. I guess the answer here is it depends on the publisher and I should get Sally Stuart’s book on that. Am I right?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Legitimate agents don’t require payment to review your proposal. They are definitely not owned by the publishers. Some publishers will consider proposals submitted directly from authors. You’ll just have to check their submission guidelines to find out.

  • Yardberd

    I just ordered Writing a Winning Non-Fiction Book Proposal – tried to download twice, both times got a damaged file. There is no other obvious way to contact you regarding such an issue – will you kindly email my copy? Order # 0647181M7798744C

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am so sorry. 99.9% of the time this is a result of not having the latest version of Adobe Acrobat installed. Can you please download it on the Adobe site? It’s free. If it still doesn’t work, please e-mail Tricia at michaelhyatt dot com. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/agilescout Peter Saddington

    THANKS A TON! —> You helped me get published with Wiley! :)

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Congratulations, Peter! (I assume you are John’s brother, correct?)

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

       That is awesome Peter!

  • Marisa Gary

    just downloaded. I’m excited! thank you :)

  • Mplove1961

    Where is my book? I ordered a weel ago…Please advise. Thanks,Mike Love

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You should have immediately received an e-mail with the download link. It occasionally gets caught in the spam filter. I just e-mailed you the link. Thanks.

  • Pam Williams

    for some reason, though I bought and downloaded both books, my computer will not pull them up.   The message says my computer doesn’t support the file or the file was damaged. How can I get my money back or get help to download? How do I get ahold of someone about a refund or help to figure it out? If someone could call me, maybe the download could be sent to my son so he can do it for me?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I am sorry for the trouble you are experiencing. I have asked my assistant, Tricia, to help you. Thanks.

  • Pam Williams

    Your comment above is: “…just send me a quick email, and I will quickly and courteously refund your money. No questions asked.” but I can find no email to talk to you about my problems and/or refund.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      You can just reply to the e-mail message where I sent you the download link. If you can’t find that, e-mail me at michael at michaelhyatt dot com. Thanks.

      • Pam Williams

        Thanks for the email. I didn’t get the email you talked about and I sent you an email telling you. Could you send that email with the download again? I will try it that way. Thanks.

        • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

          You should be hearing from my assistant soon. Thanks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2EZ7RYOPVVPSWS2IGP252IFQ24 Alex C

    I wrote my autobiography (I know I can hear the groans) and have a tentative agent who was impressed with the wickedness. NOW I have to write a PROPOSAL! (that was a surprise) I cannot find instructions or template for an autobiography proposal. Yes I know this will be a tough sell but it is a rather novel autobio. Should I follow the “Fiction guidelines?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Yes, I would follow the fiction guidelines. You’ll have to adapt some, but that is the best for memoirs and autobiographies. Thanks.

  • Gill

    Please advise: my purchase of the 2 books here have not appeared in any link email or communication with me. Please advise how I download them since paying for them last week. Or who to speak to about this?

  • AA

    Hi — I ordered both ebooks a while ago and did not received any download links (though I did receive one to your free life plan ebook); I also emailed the email address you note a few comments down about a week ago but have not received any response. Would you please email me the download link? Thank you.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I apologize for that. We did not receive the e-mail. However, I have asked my assistant to send you the link. It will likely be Monday before you get it. Thanks for your patience.

  • Claudius ‘peto’ Francis

    Hi Michael

    Does that mean you have graduated from performind as an agent?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I haven’t acted as a literary agent in almost fifteen years. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/nataliecmott Natalie Mott

    purchasing a copy today… excited about gaining insight from you!

  • Deborah8050

    Hello Michael. I am working on chapter 12 of my first of a 4-novel Biblical series (each with a separate historical/archaeological study guide) and I am hungry to get both your books, but being a starving writer I will have to put them on my “to buy” list when the funds are available.  Seriously looking forward to getting them. Meanwhile, is the free article mentioned in the comments available online?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      I’m afraid it’s not. Sorry.

  • http://www.BradStanton.com/ Freetrips7

    I am reading Platform and finding it very useful. If I had this book a year ago I am sure my book, The Amazing Power of Prayer would be selling many more copies now. Platform has tons of good information. Also, due to the advice in Platform, I have started a blog called BradStanton. Thanks so much, this book is an answer to prayer, almost a miracle, and I have seen plenty of miracles.

  • Erick Pryor

    Mr. Hyatt,
    I ordered your book, Non-Fiction Book Proposals, recently and have been unable to access the pdf. Is there a way to reach you in order to have it emailed to me? Thank you in advance for your help.

    E. Pryor

    • E. Pryor

      I am still interested in receiving the download I inquired about two weeks ago. I ordered the Non-Fiction version of your book on May 30th and was unable to open the download. Please contact me if there are any questions concerning my inquiry or if it is not possible to get the information to me I will accept a refund, but again, I was looking forward to learning from this text. Thank you in advance for your help.

      • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

        I will have my assistant Tricia contact you. If you don’t hear something in the next 24 hours, please leave another comment. Perhaps her e-mail is getting caught in your spam filter. We definitely want to get this to you. Thanks for your patience.

  • digging4pearls

    I have a question. I downloaded book proposals for nonfiction and fiction a few minutes ago. The zip file contains 4 files, but only two open. I can read both of the two books, but wasn’t sure if I’m missing something.

    Jodie Wolfe

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Nope, there are just two files. I’m note sure why the program says four. Thanks.

  • http://www.clickssl.com/ Cheap SSL

    Great article. I had heard a lot about this and your post brought back to top-of-mind. Especially explaining how the minors connection is a factor which I never understand before.

  • Tomas

    Hello Michael, thanks for these great ebooks but can you explain us how to write a winning translation proposal? I mean how to get permission from US publishers for publishing in different language of their existing book.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m sorry, but I really can’t. That is not something I have ever done. Sorry.

  • http://www.gabbingwithgrace.com/ Grace at {Gabbing with Grace}

    Which would you recommend for someone writing Memoir?  I know that it’s obviously, non-fiction but from what I have read most people say to finish the book first before you submit as if it were fiction.  Do you have any thoughts on how to write proposals for memoir and which of your books would give me the best start?  thanks!  Look forward to reading it! -Grace

  • Ginadaisy7

    I need some help in how to write a Book Proposal for an Autobiography.  I would like to write my story my of life & my families life since I been injured in car accident.  Any suggestions or tips in how to go about this? 

  • Mackinzie_spaziano

    I couldnt get mine to download ORDER NUMBER: 07L98982YE495933R plz refund or send another copy

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I will have my assistant contact you. Thanks.

  • Engle

    Not available on Kindle?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, it’s not. Sorry.

  • Esther Danielson

    I received my copy on non-fiction book proposals, but only pages 16-32 downloaded.  Can you help?  Sorry I neglected to save the order no. not realizing I did not have the complete copy.  I think I got this about 2 weeks ago?
    E. Danielson

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I will have my assistant contact you on Monday. She is gone for the weekend. Thanks.

  • Lee_clendenning

    I tried to order the non-fiction e-book on writing a proposal.

    When I filled in the PayPal blanks and clicked on submit order, I got an error message that the page had timed out.  When I followed instructions to refresh the page, I got a warning that refreshing would submit a duplicate order.  But I have no indication that my original order was received, nor instruction on how to download the book.  The screen said I would get an e-mail receipt, but I never input my e-mail address.  Help. Please respond by e-mail.

    My e-mail is:  lee_clendenning@comcast.net
    Lee Clendenning

  • http://www.pamperry.org Pam Perry

    You write what people don’t want to hear….it takes work, time, energy, money….I applaud you for not writing a book that says “be an instant success” in just 3 easy steps.  So many people don’t realize that you have been at this for a good little while…and have been consistent. You share good content and your heart is right.  That’s the main think. You love God and want to see other succeed because you care –  not because you want to be famous!

    Thanks Michael, keep up the good work.  See you at the top. :)

    Pam Perry

  • http://www.joyfilleddays.com/ Sarah Beals

    Looking forward to reading this…and Andy Naselli was in our youth group!! I feel old!

  • http://twitter.com/Craigcottongim Craig Cottongim

    Are you going to publishes these in a paper version…?  I’m not an e-book reader.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, I’m afraid not. Thanks.

  • Shannalehr

    I’m about to buy, but will this help me with a Fiction Children’s book as well? 

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Yes, it will. I don’t speak to that genre specifically, but the general publishing concepts apply.

  • Sailorgirl23

    If your book is anywhere near as compelling as your website then I look forward to it like a termite entering a huge pine forest. Thanks in advance for your knowledge, experience and insight. PS. Thought I spotted a typo but I think it’s US vs British – have a butcher’s hook… 
    What Is Your Time Worth?However, I decided to offer these e-books for just $19.97 each. I may raise the price later, but for right now, I would rather make these ebooks available to as many people as possible at an affordable price. In addition, if you are considering both fiction and non-fiction, you can buy both ebooks for just $29.94—a $10.00 savings!

  • Willardjameson

    I have recently completed a short childrens book. I sent a copy to a publisher, and they want to publish it. Trouble is, I dont have enough money to make this happen. Any suggestions?

  • http://twitter.com/speakofjoy Dave Caperton

    I’m a full-time speaker and humorist. In 2009, I wrote and self-published a book on humor and  happiness to sell as a back-of-the-room product and it has been a fairly successful venture. I’ve sold several thousand copies after programs (as well as a handful on Amazon). I am now working on a revision and I was thinking of seeking a publisher. Does the fact that it has been a self-published title tend to be an advantage or a disadvantage?

  • http://twitter.com/speakofjoy Dave Caperton

    I’m a full-time speaker and humorist. In 2009, I wrote and self-published a book on humor and  happiness to sell as a back-of-the-room product and it has been a fairly successful venture. I’ve sold a fair number in my programs (as well as a handful on Amazon). I am now working on a revision and I was thinking of seeking a publisher. Does the fact that it has been a self-published title tend to be an advantage or a disadvantage?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      It starts with how you yourself view it. I would list every reason I could think of as to why this is an advantage to a traditional publisher.

  • Chnvlly

    I am a computer moron. I have a Kindle but this says not available in Kindle, only PDF. What does that mean, exactly?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You might want to Google PDF or look it up on Wikipedia. Thanks.

  • Torreslm82

    I have an important question.  Do you have to copyright your book before you submit it to any publishing agency?  Is that necessary?  Thank you

    Lisa Marie

  • elvisgal13

    I have an important question.  Do you have to copyright your book/idea before sending it to publishing agencies?  Is that necessary?  Thank you.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, it is not necessary. You have the copyright from the moment you create the manuscript. However, you can not copyright an idea; only the expression of the idea (the written manuscript). Thanks.

  • caros

    Just curious…but why dont’ I see a ‘home’ buttom so I can easily access the rest of your site…sure there must be a reason…hope you’ll tell mw!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Because this is a landing page (i.e., a sales page). The theory is that the other navigation is distracting. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/JBend8 Jason Bender

    Picked this up a few months ago, what a great resource! However, I was wondering if anyone has any advice on soliciting copies for endorsement prior to submitting a proposal? Although I am working on my platform (starting a blog per your advice, and making connections to others in same genre), I realize I have limited clout in my field (Christian Marriage/Husband) at this point. Looking for other respected people to help endorse the book to beef up the proposal. Good idea or bad idea? If so, any advice on the process of soliciting reviews?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Do you have my book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World? Chapter 14 is called, “Secure Raving Endorsements.” I outline the process in detail. Thanks.

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  • HaydenBrook

    Ordered it….. wrote the proposal, taking time to proof it well, sent proposal to a publisher, and had a SIGNED CONTRACT within 3 weeks. The publisher was very impressed with my book proposal, and mentioned that fact more than once. Thank you for the solid advice~! https://fortifymylife.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/they-want-to-publish-my-book/

  • Eric

    I just had a children’s book published through a well known POD publisher. It was a disaster in middle of the whole process to the final production stage and have regrets on having them publish my my first book at all. The final product were pages done in yellow while the illustrations were only in white. I didn’t know the final product would end up this way and was told that I should have asked if it would. At this time they are requesting only half of a payment of $150. up front to correct the issue. They will pay the other half because as they told me, “It cost money.” Seriously? Just to change the color of paper to print that the cost would total $300.00.The people that I conversed with during this whole time were hard and difficult to understand at times. Broken English. The experience was a rush job. In the end I am not happy with the whole project and don’t know what to do at this time. Do I pull the book from them and seek an agent? Do I go E-book instead with my first book. Any advise from anyone would greatly be appreciated at this time. Thank you in advance- A despondent first time author.

  • http://www.Marisashadrick.com/ Marisa Shadrick

    Just ordered! This is exactly what I need.

  • Peter

    This will sound like Infomercial hype, but I purchased the eBook, decided to pitch a book idea to two major publishers and hit the send button on my proposal email less than 24 hours later. Within a week I had two deals in the works – one in “new media” with the first publisher and a print / eBook deal with another major publisher.

    Less than a month out, I have a signed contract and an editor ready to work with me to turn my idea into a reality.

    Thank you, Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      Great! What a great story. I appreciate you coming back to share it.

  • shahin

    hi, I’m a young writer , and I don’t were to start , I wrote some stories , but I really don’t know how to sell them m and to whom ? I need help :)

  • Megan Heimer

    I ordered the non-fiction book proposal e-book yesterday and the file is damaged and unable to open on both my MAC and HP. I’ve emailed and called but no one has responded. I would really like to be able to read it…

  • A P

    Will one of these help with the writing of a “Memoir”? If so, which one?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      The non-fiction one would be best for a memoir.

      • A P

        How long do you think the information in these eBooks will be valid for? I’m not familiar with how quickly the publishing industry changes so I just want to know how many years you think the info in this product will be good for… do you plan on updating it and if so, will buyers get free updates? Finally, this is only for traditional publishing of physical books yes?

        • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

          My format has been the de facto standard in the publishing industry for nearly twenty years. The principles are timeless. I don’t have any plans to update it right now. This is for traditional publishing, but today that includes both physical books and e-books.

          • A P

            Should a person read this only once they have finished writing their manuscript? Or should it be purchased early in the game, like when a person has only begun writing the first drafts?

          • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

            It depends on if it’s non-fiction or fiction. If it is non-fiction, you should read this first. You should not write the manuscript—or even start—until you read this. For fiction, it doesn’t matter so much. Thanks.

  • Taca

    Hi everyone! I am really interested to buy this book (for Fiction book proposals), but it would be great if there is some abstract or just couple of free pages to have a peek. Does anyone know if there is some free sample?


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      No, there’s not a free sample, but there is my money-back guarantee. Thanks.

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  • kevin reyes

    Does this apply to a childrens illustrated book proposal? Can I sell an idea or treatment for an illustrated childrens book? Can I copyright an idea, treatment, proposal to avoid any form of theft or plagerism?

    • Trivinia Barber

      Thanks for writing. Children’s books are an entirely different beast. This is not likely the best option for you. As to your other questions, unfortunately, I don’t have a great answer for you. It’d be best to talk with someone more familiar with the children’s book industry. Thanks!

    • kevin reyes

      Thank you Trivinia; your reply means no and so I’d better unsubscribe. If in the future I need to, I know who to contact.
      Kevin Reyes



  • Betterlifenow

    Should I copyright an idea,and/or book proposal to avoid any form of theft or plagiarism?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      You don’t need to. If you live in the U.S., it is protected by copyright law from the moment you create it. You don’t have to do anything.

      By the way, copyright doesn’t protect an idea. It only protects the expression of that idea.

  • Lois Powell

    I have been looking for something like this. I will be purchasing both books.

  • hakeemhamilton@outlook.com

    ive been writing ever since I can remember. I actually am in the process of writing a book right now and my proposal is short simple and sure to leave people eager to know what it is all about. since my book is dated in 1758-1789 my research took me about 3-4 months to conduct and get done. I wanted to make sure I had all enough info to start writing. me being 18 I see myself writing for a living whether it be kid books mystery thrillers etc. im gonna follow myh dream. thank you soooo much to the person of this page this is much needed facts and tips to help stop writers from making common mistakes. but no one is perfect..

  • eponaswolfleader33

    I am brand new to this field, I have one book I am working on. And three others, that I add a little bit to when I am blocked with the first major book. I have no clue where to begin to even find a literary agent, or to locate a publisher. I will be purchasing these e-books in case I can get up the guts to try and send my manuscript out. So wish me luck please and thank you.

  • Courtney

    Hi Michael,
    This is what I have been looking for and have needed to help me along the way. A question I have is whether or not your fiction edition would be applicable for a children’s book proposal/submission. I see an earlier comment dated about two months ago from Trivinia Barber indicating that’s not the case. I am just seeing if her advice is representative of what you would suggest?

    Thanks again,