|Chapter Summaries, etc.
||[Oct. 30th, 2006|07:06 pm]
Academics On or Near the Tenure Track
Well, folks, I'm in the process of pulling together My First Book Proposals. Most of the presses want chapter summaries, so that's coming together first. Anyone want to beta them? (Yeah, I know, "Hah!") What kind of things do these chapter-summaries need to do? Demonstrate sexxxayness of project, sure. Demonstrate accessibility of project? Identify how much is done/progress to date? Suggestions, stories, all would be appreciated.|
In addition, what all does one put into the coverletter on one of these badboys? Generally speaking, I'm looking at proposals that require chap summaries and per-press bits- most (but not all) also require a c.v. and a short abstract. I assume a coverletter is in order, but how long & what do I say? ("Oh god, please take my book," is out, I know). I'm guessing short- 1-2 pages, single-spaced, including a "please consider my book" plea, how it would fit So. Well. into their series, 1 parag abstract, pleasantries & offers of further assistance, lawnmowing or dogwalkies, fin. Sound close?