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Editor Who Requested My Proposal Didn't Remember Who I Was

The publishing industry amazes me that they're able to turn a profit, even as long as I've been involved with it. I called a publisher today to find out the status of a proposal that they had requested. The Executive Editor didn't know who I was, didn't recognize my book proposal, and didn't know where it was. She then asked me, "Are you in a hurry to get it back?" Well, yes, another publisher is interested and I need it.

And this is a recognized industry leader in the quilt book publishing market. Wow. Now I need to create a new proposal package for the next publisher I'll send this to. All these challenges will make it ever so sweet once my book does get to market, whether with a publisher or I self-publish.

Don't get discouraged, guys. Persistence is the key. Don't let a couple of rejections stop you from sending out your proposals. Thanks for listening.

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Comment by Maria Peagler on July 29, 2007 at 11:30pm
Tom -
Each publisher is different and has varying requirements for what they expect in a proposal. I also include many photos of sample projects and examples I use in my classes. I had all of this put together in a well-organized portfolio that I sent to them (only goes to publishers who request it).

I take the extra time to really make my proposals stand out: well-crafted and organized.
Comment by Thomas Nixon on July 29, 2007 at 11:20pm
Perhaps I am missing something (a not uncommon occurrence), but why would you need to create a new proposal package? Could you not use a copy of the one that you submitted to the first publisher?

Tom Nixon

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