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How do you show a need for your books?
#1 - April 28, 2015, 02:01 PM

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Hi Jeannie,

Welcome to the boards!  Can you give us some more context for your question?  Are you talking about at the submission stage to show the agent or editor that your book is worthy of acceptance/publication?  Or are you talking about after the publication stage to get people to purchase it because it fulfills some need?  Tell us more and I'm sure the fabulous Blue Board community will chime in.

#2 - April 28, 2015, 02:19 PM
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At the submission stage to show it is worthy of publication. I'm really stumped here. Thanks.
#3 - April 28, 2015, 02:31 PM

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Another question--do you mean non-fiction (i.e. showing a gap that your book would fill) or fiction?
#4 - April 28, 2015, 02:34 PM
The Leland Sisters series: Courtship and Curses, Bewitching Season, Betraying Season (Holt BYR/Macmillan)
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Yes, it is non-fiction.
#5 - April 28, 2015, 02:39 PM

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I suppose if it's a timely topic, or if there's a gap in the literature--no biography for that person for the age group for which you're writing. There would be a demonstrable need if you'd done new research--tapped into previously unavailable archival records, for ex.--or if your topic is something recently discovered or invented.

Good luck!
#6 - April 28, 2015, 03:01 PM
Learning to Swear in America (Bloomsbury, July 2016)
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When you write your query letter, you can include a paragraph of comps where you can say what is available on the subject, and what is not, to show need. Try searching for examples of non-fiction query letters and see what you can find.
#7 - April 28, 2015, 04:32 PM
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You can also show how your book will tie in to curriculum needs for teachers.
#8 - May 04, 2015, 12:06 PM
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