Chuck Tate had a dream—a dream that started in the fifth grade and eventually became a book idea. A book idea he couldn’t shake.
He called it 41 Will Come. It’s a message about hope and staying faithful to what you know is right even when times get tough.
And Chuck’s dream became a reality. 41 Will Come released in August 2016. Here’s the cover:
Nice, eh? As you might expect, Chuck is over the moon with excitement, and he should be. But he would be the first to tell you he doesn't deserve a book contract more than anyone else.
He doesn’t have 100,000 Twitter followers or Facebook fans. He’s never been on the Today Show or had a blog post go viral.
He’s just a guy with a dream.
So how on earth did Chuck get a book deal?
I asked Chuck to tell me his story, and this is what he said:
“I approached an agent and asked her for one minute to pitch my concept for constructive input. Her response was, ‘I love the idea, but I don’t know if you can write. Do you have a proposal?’ Honestly I barely knew what a proposal was. Her feedback motivated me to get started.”
That’s when Chuck and I got connected. I helped him write a book proposal, he entered a writing contest, and the rest is history.
I love telling Chuck's story because it's a reminder that dreams come true.
It all starts with a book proposal. The book proposal is where you figure out what you're writing. It's also what publishers review when they're deciding whether to take you on.
A little about me . . . I’m Chad Allen, writer, creativity coach, and creator of Book Proposal Academy. I have nearly 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, and I love helping writers. I’ve helped thousands of them craft book proposals and get their books to market, and I’d like to help you too.
The first step is downloading a PDF of my book proposal guidelines. These guidelines are short (a single page), but they:
- List the major elements of a compelling book proposal
- Briefly describe each element, and
- Help you get started on your book (NOTE: writing a book proposal is the best way to get started on a nonfiction book project).
I’ll also send you an infographic on how to come up with a great book concept and a video to help you write an awesome bio (one of the most important elements in your book proposal).
Just click the button below and I'll immediately send you a PDF of my Book Proposal Guidelines plus these other resources.
Do you have a book you want to get out there? Click below and let's get started.