David Rosenbaum's blog

05/20/2010
It's lovely to be able to refer to "my agent." Just saying "my agent" gives you the feeling that you're special, that you've got an edge, that you're not alone in the world.  I've always enjoyed it immensely.  It's sort of like referring to "my guardian angel," only your agent is flesh and blood...
05/18/2010
Let's say an editor likes your proposal. She's prepared to try to convince her boss that this is a project worth investing in to the tune of X dollars--your advance.  (Your advance, by the way, is probably the only money you'll ever see so you'll want to maximize whatever you can get. Forget...
05/12/2010
It’s no secret that the book publishing business is in big trouble. Book sales only grew 1.6 percent from 2002 to 2008, according to Ken Auletta in “Publish or Perish” in the April 26 New Yorker. That’s not good. In fact, it stinks. For writers, that means, among other things, that advances will be...
05/06/2010
The most important thing to know about a book proposal is that it's not actually a proposal and it doesn't really have much to do with books. In the publishing world, the term "book proposal" is simply a traditional nom d'art. What a book proposal really is is a business plan one creates to entice...
05/04/2010
Well, why shouldn't you write a book? Thousands do. According to Bowker (a publishing industry consultancy) there were close to 9,000 new titles published in 2008 in the business sector alone. So you may be asking yourself, to paraphrase the Cowardly Lion in "The Wizard of Oz," "Whatta those...

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