So that you wish to publish the subsequent nice ebook! To take action you first want a ebook proposal.

Again in late 2011, I spent hours placing collectively a ebook proposal for my severance negotiation technique ebook, How To Engineer Your Layoff.

After engineering my very own layoff three months earlier, I had hoped to get a literary agent, land a ebook deal, and spend the subsequent 12 months writing the ebook. Writing a ebook was all the time on my bucket checklist. And what higher time to take action than after retiring on a seashore in Hawaii?

Alas, destiny had different plans. I submitted my ebook proposal to about 15 brokers and did not get a single reply again. Undaunted, and with the assistance of my dad and spouse, I made a decision to self-publish my ebook anyway.

I had been writing about retiring early since 2009 when Monetary Samurai started. Throughout this time interval, I handled my struggles of strolling away from a gentle paycheck at a younger age. I additionally met tons of of others on-line who struggled with the identical points.

We talked about overcoming the another 12 months syndrome to do one thing new. We even mentioned methods on the way to persuade our spouses to work longer so we may retire earlier! I failed in that division.

Then it hit me. What if extra individuals may stroll away from their jobs with a departing monetary reward? A severance package deal would assist ease the transition into early retirement, entrepreneurship, parenthood, training, or perhaps a new profession.

I knew I simply needed to publish the ebook.

My Rejected Guide Proposal Turned Out Nice

One of many explanation why I write from firsthand expertise is as a result of I wish to know what’s significant and what’s not. Negotiating a severance package deal gave me the liquid braveness to stroll away from a six-figure job I disliked at age 34.

A severance package deal modified my life for the higher.

Not do I undergo from continual decrease again ache, sciatica, and TMJ as a result of stress of working in finance. My hair stopped falling out and greying. My spouse and I had been lastly capable of have kids after years of attempting. And I acquired to pursue my artistic aspect whereas being free!

How To Engineer Your Layoff has gone on to generate over $550,000 in earnings since 2012. When the gatekeepers do not provide you with an opportunity, do it anyway! Don’t be deterred by rejection. Embrace it!

In the course of the first couple of years, HTEYL solely generated about $10,000 a 12 months in revenue. However after constantly increasing and revising the ebook, earnings have grown by 5X.

Positive, you are not dwelling it up on $50,000 a 12 months earlier than tax. You’ll be able to’t even comfortably handle a household of 4 with solely $50,000 both. However to me, $50,000 is an wonderful supply of passive revenue that was created from nothing.

As well as, if I had been to have gotten a ebook deal again in 2012, I most likely would have accepted a ebook advance of as little as $25,000. Phew!

New Alternatives Come up If You Stick Issues Out Lengthy Sufficient

Eight years of writing later, on the finish of 2019, I lastly acquired a ebook take care of a significant writer: Portfolio Penguin Random Home. I did not go searching for one so no ebook proposal was mandatory. The provide got here to me by way of a chilly e-mail outreach.

As soon as the pandemic started in February 2020, I made a decision to put in writing my subsequent ebook, Purchase This Not That,

Wanting again, I respect all of the rejections I’ve had in my life. The rejections make any success you have got all of the sweeter. Rejections are additionally extremely motivating to show your rejectors unsuitable! I like them.

If you wish to turn out to be a revealed writer, beneath is my rejected ebook proposal that ought to have been accepted. I have never learn this ebook proposal in 11 years. I simply occurred to have discovered it in my Google Drive paperwork after I was looking for one thing else.

Upon re-reading the ebook proposal, I discovered it to be fairly good! Alas, I am biased.

Instance Of A Rejected Guide Proposal

Title: How To Engineer Your Layoff: Make A Small Fortune and Reside The Life You’ve At all times Wished

Submitted by

Sam Dogen



Introduced on June 15, 2012


A.  Premise

In a current research by Manpower Inc, 44% of respondents say they’re “unhappy” with their jobs. With roughly 138 million taxpayers in America, at the very least 61 million People are searching for one thing extra significant to their jobs. 

Go over to China, and that quantity is probably going within the tons of of hundreds of thousands. Sadly, individuals really feel caught of their jobs due to payments to pay and debt obligations to fulfill. There’s a unending quantity of nervousness skilled by hundreds of thousands of employees.

Until one plans to work till dying, there may be all the time a backstop the place one now not needs to work. In consequence, this ebook will not be solely focused to the disgruntled employee, however to all employees. 

How To Engineer Your Layoff will train individuals the way to strategically negotiate their layoff by constructing key relationships and deploying numerous methods to make sure most return. 

B. Distinctive Promoting Proposition

There are many books that present you the way to get a job, however there are none that present you the way to exit a job with a wholesome severance package deal. 

It’s just like the age outdated shopper criticism to his stockbroker that they all the time get suggestions on when to purchase, however by no means to promote. As an govt who has engineered his personal layoff, readers of this ebook will:

1)    Notice staff have unimaginable authorized rights and aren’t simply discarded rag dolls in an ever rising world of company energy.

2)    Learn to efficiently negotiate with massive companies with out the necessity for costly authorized council.

3)    Examine success tales of particular person individuals who have engineered their layoffs.

4)    Assume critically about their monetary future in order that when the time involves separate, they are going to be greater than able to take the leap of religion.

5)    Plan for all times after work.

C.  Guide Overview

The manuscript shall be divided into 16 chapters consisting of a number of matters.


Desk Of Contents

Chapter 1: Take Again Your Life

Chapter 2: Your Worst Enemy Is Additionally Your Finest Good friend

Chapter 3: Time For A Coronary heart To Coronary heart With Your Boss

Chapter 4: When All Else Fails, Deliver In The Huge Weapons

Chapter 5: What To Look For Throughout Severance Negotiations

Chapter 6: Case Research Of Folks Who Have Efficiently Been Let Go

Chapter 7: Negotiating A Separation Bundle When Becoming a member of A Competitor

Chapter 8: Grey Space Separation Maximization Methods

Chapter 9: Why I Left My Job

Chapter 10: Life After Separation

Chapter 11: Rediscover Your Varied Earnings Streams

Chapter 12: Causes Why You Ought to Not Engineer Your Personal Layoff

Chapter 13: Causes Why You Ought to Engineer Your Layoff

Chapter 14: How To Retire Early And By no means Have To Work Once more

Chapter 15: Making Your Financial savings Work For You

Chapter 16: The Privilege Of Giving Again And Sharing Our Data




D.  The Manuscript

1. Manuscript Standing: I’ve written 30,000 phrases thus far. With the framework in place, I’m ready to put in writing 55,000 extra phrases to complete the ebook. Moreover, I’ve over 100,000 phrases written in numerous weblog posts from which I can draw info.

2. Particular Options: The chapters will comprise subheads, lists, bullet factors, and a assessment field of key factors for environment friendly studying. 

3. Anticipated Size: 60,000-85,000 phrases.

4. Anticipated manuscript completion date: Roughly 60 days after receiving a dedication from the writer.


A. Traits

There are 138 million taxpayers in America as we speak. Roughly 44% of employees within the newest survey by Manpower Inc revealed they’re “unhappy” with their job, and one other 20% who’re borderline. 

In different phrases, greater than 60 million People wish to do one thing else extra significant with their lives and logically engineer their very own layoffs. 

The audience isn’t simply the disgruntled employee. In some unspecified time in the future, everyone will cease working. With the decline in pensions and a fickle economic system, everyone wants a information to determine the way to maximize their separation. 

B.  Motivation

The viewers for this ebook is made up of people that don’t have the abilities, information, or braveness to face their superiors and negotiate their freedom. It’s as if the US workforce is one large zombie wasteland, begrudgingly following orders to stroll off a cliff till no extra. 

C. Scalability

How To Engineer Your Layoff shall be written in a manner that’s scaleable throughout all cultures, and throughout a number of industries in numerous international locations. 

The ebook touches concerning the softer aspect of human feelings and negotiation techniques that transcend all areas. 

Do you actually suppose your landlord will increase your lease after you get them tickets to your favourite opera? Will the Human Sources supervisor fireplace you should you introduced her a shawl again from her favourite island of Santorini? 

I’ll write my ebook in a manner that’s translatable and relevant in many alternative languages. I grew up in six totally different international locations and have visited 30 different international locations. In consequence, I’ve the power to narrate to a big number of audiences.

D. Platform And Affinity Teams

1.     150,000+ month-to-month guests to

2.     3,000 Twitter followers of @FinancialSamura

3.     The eye of tons of of essentially the most influential private finance bloggers on the net because the founding father of the Yakezie Community of PF and Way of life Blogs.

4.     Yakezie Community’s potential attain is round 750,000 pageviews a month.

5.     The burgeoning early retirement / FIRE group which I helped kickstart in 2009

6.     The hundreds of Occupy Wall Avenue protesters who needs to take again their lives and battle for his or her rights towards massive companies.

7.     The hundreds of thousands of employees in extremely cyclical industries corresponding to semiconductor, banking, consulting, capital items, communications, power, and transportation who expertise employment whiplash each time the economic system goes by way of a growth and bust

E.  Comparable Books

I’ve by no means come throughout on-line, or within the bookstore a ebook on the way to get laid off and negotiate an outstanding severance package deal. All of the books are about the way to get a job, the way to interview, how to decide on an trade that matches you and so forth. 

Getting laid off is large enterprise, with large payoffs. Doing a fast search on Amazon, I’ve discovered the next three books. The most recent ebook was revealed in 2010 and is a comedy.

1.  How To Get Fired!: The New Worker’s Information To Perpetual Unemployment by Jeff Havens (Writer: Huge Pow! Books; 1st version (April 1, 2010)).  Guide is a comedy and doesn’t provide the instruments to barter actual cash severance.

2. Getting Fired: What to Do if You are Fired, Downsized, Laid Off, Restructured, Discharged, Terminated, or Compelled to Resign by Steven Sack (Grand Central Publishing (January 15, 2000)). Outdated.

3. Hearth Me, Please! 101 Methods to Get Fired from Your Depressing Job by David Cordell (Dreamcan Books (December 27, 2004)). Outdated. Solely 96 pages.

My ebook shall be distinctive as a result of:

1. Dwelling my ebook in real-time. I managed to work for 13 years on Wall St., construct a internet value of three million {dollars} by age 34, construct a well-liked private finance weblog, and engineer my layoff that paid for 5 plus years of regular dwelling bills.

2. A strong platform. With the creation of Monetary Samurai and the Yakezie Community, I’ve a big platform to market and distribute my ebook.  Not one of the authors have the identical platform and presence on-line. 

3. Scaleable. The ebook shall be written in a manner that may join throughout employees in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia, and Asia. The ebook won’t be restricted to simply the 138 million employees in America.


A. Background

I’m a 13-year veteran of Wall St. who grew to become a Vice President on the of 27, and a Director at 30. I managed a multi-million greenback enterprise in San Francisco for one of many main funding banks.

In 2012, on the age of 34, I noticed my dream of working for myself by efficiently engineering my very own layoff.  I acquired my undergraduate diploma Magna Cum Laude from The School of William & Mary and my MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas College of Enterprise.

I grew up in six totally different international locations (Philippines, Zambia, US, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia) and may converse Mandarin. My hobbies embody investing in the actual property and inventory markets, enjoying poker, tennis, snowboarding, golf, mountain climbing, and touring. 

In 2009, I began the private finance weblog, Monetary Samurai, which has grown to be some of the extensively learn private finance blogs on the net with over 150,000 pageviews a month. Monetary Samurai has a Pagerank of 4, mozRank of 5.5, an Alexa Rank of 30,000, and a Area Authority of 66. 

In December, 2009, I began the Yakezie Community, which now has 100 of one of the best private finance and way of life bloggers on-line as Members. The potential attain of the Yakezie Community is within the 1 million+ pageviews a month.

B. Private Advertising

  • I’ll faucet my complete Community of bloggers inside the Yakezie Community to assist promote and turn out to be associates of my ebook. The utmost potential attain is over 750,000 readers a month.
  • I plan to talk at Fincon 2012, Weblog World and some other convention who could have me.
  • I’ll create video content material on my website, and visitor submit on at the very least 10 different extremely rated blogs.
  • I’ll do at the very least 10 podcast interviews from throughout totally different genres, and totally different international locations to get the message out.
  • I’ll contact base with all my ex purchasers and colleagues within the trade to assist them unfold the world.  I’ll ship private e-mails to pals in cyclical industries to additionally assist spotlight the ebook.

IV. Pattern Content material

Chapter 1: Take Again Your Life

Welcome to the start of the tip! You’re sick of your job and don’t know the way to get out. Day-after-day that passes seems like one other ounce of distress crushing your soul. 

You had been as soon as once more handed up for promotion as your boss makes your life hell. You’ll be able to now not stand your co-workers, particularly the one who retains whistling some tune you may’t stand and the slob who cracks hard-boiled eggs at his desk for breakfast.

Your commute is so lengthy you’re positive child pandas are dying due to your air pollution. In the meantime, you may’t assist however surprise if even a monkey can do your job. You didn’t go to high school to enroll in this!

Hundreds of thousands of individuals are caught in work conditions the place they really feel trapped. A Could 2012 research by Proper Administration a Manpower subsidiary, discovered that solely 11% of individuals had been happy with their jobs and that 16% had been “considerably happy.”  A full 44% had been dissatisfied.  However you already knew this! 

With payments to pay and dependents to feed, how can we be irresponsible and voluntarily abandon a gentle paycheck? With unemployment charges at 8%-20% ranges world wide, there’s no assure we’ll ever discover one other an analogous paying job once more!

What do you worth extra? Freedom or the hypnotic attract of cash? I think should you’ve bought this ebook, the reply is freedom.  For many of us, work is a method to an finish.  Work to stay quite than stay to work. 

Think about A Completely different Setting

Think about somebody providing you with $20,000 to not work. Or how about $50,000, $100,000, and even $500,000? Greater than possible, you’ll be ecstatic and take it, particularly should you had been considering of leaving anyway.

Let’s flip issues round and picture a state of affairs the place your organization says you need to pay $20,000, $50,000, $100,000, $500,000 to be able to give up your job. 

This proposition is much like a slave having to work off his debt to achieve freedom. It’s absolute horseshit, however in actuality, quitting your job with out something in return could be very comparable. Positive, you may achieve your freedom by quitting your job, however you’re additionally shedding all of your revenue!

Many individuals are afraid to strategy their boss a few separation settlement. Much more individuals don’t understand staff have highly effective rights. When your rights, you’re capable of maximize your returns. 

One pal managed to carry off getting laid off for for 2 years in Seoul, South Korea. He discovered that staff can’t be terminated with out extreme monetary penalty to the corporate until an worker volunteers or conducts gross negligence. In these two years, my pal was capable of present for his household, save a ton of cash, and depart with a separation package deal valued at 2X his wage.

Know you’re serving to your boss make the troublesome resolution of whom to let go. Some obtain $5,000 for leaving, whereas others could obtain $500,000. No matter sum you obtain is healthier than zero and all gravy. Better of all, bonus cash provides you a pleasant cushion to embark on the brand new life you’ve chosen. 

I, the Monetary Samurai, am right here to assist make what you think about a actuality.

The Greatest Push Backs To Negotiating A Severance

I’ve talked to over 100 less-than-satisfied staff concerning the topic of engineering their layoffs as an alternative of simply quitting.  I all the time inform them that as an alternative of complaining, to do one thing about their state of affairs!  The most typical excuses I get are:

  • “I discover it disingenuous to scheme the way to get let go.  It’s extra honorable to give up.”
  • “I’ve a whole lot of satisfaction in my work and may’t see myself taking it down a notch.”
  • “If I engineer my very own layoff, I concern that I gained’t have the ability to get employed once more.”

Most of those individuals are both too younger, or too naïve. They haven’t labored lengthy sufficient within the work drive to get screwed over by a co-worker, boss, or financial cycle. Additional, they haven’t seen sufficient good pals and family members lose their jobs by way of no fault of their very own. By the point you are completed studying, you may understand that negotiating a severance is feasible.

One among my pals acquired let go whereas on trip simply two years earlier than he may begin receiving retirement advantages. He was 54 on the time and one of the best mailroom clerk one may have! The corporate may have reduce any variety of financially safe staff, however selected to chop a 10-year veteran of the agency who barely made $30,000 a 12 months. Shameful.

As a former supervisor who participated within the hiring and firing of individuals, I virtually all the time seen when an worker’s enthusiasm began to fade. Work all the time follows the center. 

Ideas Comply with Motion

In case you are studying this ebook, however have one of many above frequent responses, you might be considering issues by way of. Is it nonetheless scheming if you don’t act, however your thoughts thinks in any other case? After all it’s. Wanting to determine the way to depart your job demonstrates you now not have the total want to work and carry out such as you used to.

There are hundreds of thousands of individuals on the market who would gladly take your place for much less cash and work tougher as well. Denying individuals this chance is egocentric. As a substitute, do society justice. Let somebody who needs your job do it and determine the way to depart your job gracefully and in your phrases. 

The worst worker is the one who complains concerning the state of affairs and does nothing to it.

Gone are the times of firm loyalty to staff and firm pensions. One should look out for themselves first as a result of the corporate and only a few different individuals will. 

Now that you simply’ve completed some self-discovery, it’s time to get to work!

Thank You

I firmly imagine my ebook will allow hundreds of thousands of individuals to interrupt free from depressing jobs to stay extra significant leaves. I did not suppose negotiating a severance was attainable till I attempted.

Thanks on your time and consideration.



Guide Proposal Overview

So there you have got it! My rejected ebook proposal. Not too unhealthy proper? It’s extra thorough than I had remebered.

I think the ebook proposal was rejected as a result of negotiating a severance was too uncommon a subject, although there are hundreds of thousands of staff who will finally transfer on. Maybe the concept of negotiating a severance to FIRE was too new of an idea since FIRE had not gone mainstream but. Or perhaps I simply did not contact the suitable literary brokers. I am unsure.

What I do know is having a platform is the primary method to get a ebook take care of a conventional writer. Given publishers do not actually market your ebook, you want an current platform to assist unfold the phrase. But when you have already got an current platform, you might quite self publish and earn higher economics as an alternative.

No matter route you determine, construct a platform and construct a model. If you happen to do these two belongings you’ll have a a lot simpler probability of touchdown a ebook deal. On the very least, you must have the ability to have a literary agent reply to you!

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