Proposal for publication
Walking through a bookshop, you'd be tempted to think that books appear fully-formed and bound, and ready for sale. The gap between an idea you might have for a book, and the nicely typeset and produced objects on the shelves can seem so great that you don't know where to start.
Publication is a long process, but you've got to start somewhere, and a crucial step is getting in touch with publishers or agents. In the hope that it might be of some use or interest, here I include a .pdf version of the proposal I sent out that got me the publishing deal.
I've tidied up a few things for the web, but otherwise it's exactly what was sent out many times (complete with a covering letter), including early drafts of the first two chapters (so literary critics among you can compare with the finished versions in the book to see how much editing work went on). You'll also notice the book was originally called 'The Agnostic Pilgrim' (well, it was originally called 'Bangor to Bobbio', but that's another story) - a title I was never really happy with. Fortunately, we came up with something better before publication.
A few points to bear in mind:
That said, here's the proposal (.pdf format, 108K)