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NOTE: Landing a book deal is a major challenge. Your chances are slim as an unknown author. Consider self-publishing. If your self-published book sells well, you may get a surprise contact from a traditional publisher without the help of a literary agent (it happened to a friend of mine). Don't be afraid to self-publish.
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Red Flag: You forfeit your publishing rights when you buy a vanity publisher's package with a "unique ISBN." Don't fall for the package deal—that unique ISBN won't be yours and it will cost you dearly.
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GET PUBLISHED Without Getting Ripped Off  will show you which publishers to avoid and reveal the few publishers who will provide affordable, professional publishing services without requiring you to sign a contract. It will help you safely navigate what Ron Pramschufer calls "the self-publishing minefield." My book will make you bullet-proof from online publishers who shamelessly target, and rip off, new authors who don't understand the business end of publishing.
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 page. Take the first step on your journey to become a published author. Very few first-time authors take this important step. Successful people have one unique attribute: they are willing to do what others never get around to. 
One last thing: You should seriously consider creating a book proposal for your non-fiction book. Not writing a book proposal is one of the top ten mistakes new authors make. Literary agents and publishers only look at book proposals. If you want a book deal, a book proposal is not an option.
Updated February 24, 2018