Fiction means more than just making up a story. Your details and logic and technical and historical details must be right for your novel to be believable.
February 9, As a literary agent at Trident Media Group, a plethora nonfiction book ideas come across my desk.
So many people think they have a book in them, with a great idea that will carry pen and page to publication, but it takes a little more than merely being audacious, to see a book through to publication.
Want to write your own nonfiction book proposal? Use these guidelines as your template. Title page This is simple enough. Look at most any TOC inside a book to get a sense of what this page will look like.
Each of these forthcoming sections will have their own devoted page s. Proposed title s Slightly different from the Title Page section of the book proposal, this is where alternative titles and subtitles can be proposed in a list format.
Author s The author s name s of the book proposal will be listed here. Titles and suffixes can be excluded. Categories The categories and subcategories the book will fall into are listed here.
In a business book, a writer might want to quote Warren Buffet, or in a technology book, Steve Jobs. A poem or very short passage from a book could even go there.
Limiting this section to a few quotes is ideal. Audience Concisely in a paragraph or two, interested demographic s of the book are listed here. Purpose and need On a much deeper level, this section tells us why we as readers need to read this book, and why now?
In a simple way, the reader has a problem or a yearning, and this book fulfills that need with its purpose. Unique angles How the book can carve its place out in a busy marketplace of similar books can be expounded here.
Some of the takeaways that can only be experienced from this very book should be shared here, perhaps in bulleted format. Reader benefits What will the reader gain from reading this book?
This section answers that question with a number of benefits to the reader. Will the reader experience joy? Will they feel a part of something bigger than themselves? Tell us here in this section along a short list. They might even be people of note who would be willing to write an introduction or forward to the book.
Not only names should be listed here, but titles and why these are important endorsements. Amy Poehler, founder of UCB, Parks and Recreation, SNL Book structure overview Here is where you list the format, eventual word count preferably within normal or appropriate rangepage count, deadline by which a finished manuscript could be turned into the publisher, following a signed contract.
About the author s Can you guess what you do here? Write a little something about yourself! It can be as simple as one paragraph or a couple of pages.
Sales history of previous books For authors with previously published books, this is a list of titles, along with publisher name and publication date.
Below that should be the total sales numbers on the book, from publication-to-date. Sample chapters Three-five fully-written and polished sample chapters from the forthcoming manuscript will need to be included with the book proposal.WRITING A SUCCESSFUL PROPOSAL.
Summary. At the beginning of your proposal, or on a cover sheet, write a two- or three-sentence summary of the proposal. This summary helps the reader follow your argument in the proposal itself.
For example. If you prepare a salable proposal, you can get paid to write your book. And I believe that what you’re about to read is the fastest, easiest way to get the best possible editor, publisher, and deal for your book.
If an art book, include some of the strongest images up front in the proposal, and perhaps a few pages of small images at the end of the document; you might also want to pepper a few images throughout the proposal to illustrate the text (see sample proposal).
Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal A Primer for the First-Time Nonfiction Book Writer by Scott Mendel your expertise in the subject area of the book you propose to write. It should also discuss what, in the publishing world, is known as your “platform.” The platform is the breadth and degree of.
While there’s no single “best” way to write and assemble a book proposal—it will depend on the category, the author, and the publishers’ submission guidelines—the following sections appear in almost every book proposal.
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