Yes, better than a book proposal.
I told you what information went on a pitch sheet:
- Working title
- Author bio
- What's new or different about your book OR what need your book addresses
I promised to give you more details on the components of a pitch sheet. So, here goes:
Working Title: Make it a good one, even though 90% of working titles are changed. You can use your working title as a chapter title or as title for a workshop.
Synopsis: Three to 4 sentences max. If you're writing a nonfiction book, include your hook, define the need and include benefits. If it's fiction, still use a hook to grab an editor's attention.
Author Bio: Tell why you are the one to write the book. List your most pertinent writing credits. This is not the time to share personal information--unless that somehow relates to the book. For instance, the fact that I had a baby at 41 definitely increased my credentials to write a book about late-in-life motherhood. Write what you know, right?
Format: Here's where you list how many words your book is and include some chapter titles. You also might include a quick glimpse at some topics you'll cover in your non-fiction book.
Marketing: Don't say "I'm available for book signings and I'll go on Oprah!" That's not marketing--it's wishful thinking. Tell how you are going to help sell your book. Who do you know that will help you market your book? Do you have a blog, Web site, speaking platform?
What's new, different or what need does your book address: What does your book offer that other books don't?
If you'd like to see a sample pitch sheet, e-mail me and I'll send you one.