I feel like a deer in headlights right now. The book editor I've been in contact with wrote to me and asked for a full book proposal. We tend to see months go by between emails, so I don't imagine that this means "by the end of the next weekend," but it seems to me that the responsible thing to do, having described my project in a bit of detail already for Editor, is to email a proper book proposal, rather than an email stalling for time. My postdoc, after all, affords me writing time that I may not see again for a while.
It's times like this that I envy Roman Catholics for their nifty oaths for times of stress: Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Holy mother of God!
All I can think right now is: Fuck me, what the hell should a full book proposal look like?
Obviously, one should have an outlined table of contents, and a few chapters in shape to send. On the marketing end, I have to include in my cover letter a pitch describing why my book is right for the publishing house, and why a certain target market will buy this book and, lord willin', assign it to their students. What else should I include in the proposal?
Please, all of you who are published academic authors, give me the benefit of your wisdom of experience! I don't want to blow this.
P.S. Dr. Crazy, don't think I ignored your sage book-buying advice! I bought and read Germano's book on this stuff, but now that's packed up in a box in the United States, and I am in Research City, far out of reach of my books. I fear I need a refresher.
Fork in the road
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