Christine Harder Tangvald’s mentoring track overflowed with valuable pointers. For example, special features sell books. To increase the appeal of a children’s book proposal, she suggested including at least two or three special features in the design. These might include an activity page, such as a word search, crossword puzzle or connect-the-dots. The book could have a unique shape, perhaps the outline of an animal, a hand, or a clock.
Brainstorm for ancillary products relating to your book’s theme. Use them as selling points when pitching the book to an editor. The proposal of a coloring book, activity book, game, or character toy will make your book more appealing and show that you have done your homework. Special features will make your proposal stand out from the rest.
~ Laura Allen Nonemaker
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