Tuesday Tips: Nonfiction Books & The “IDEA” Tree

Welcome to my new series on nonfiction book proposals. Over the next several Tuesday Tips I’ll cover some of the meat-and-potatoes of choosing topics, researching ideas, and putting together a winning nonfiction book proposal. While I write primarily about pets, the same ingredients for your nonfiction book stew are the same–it’s just the seasoning and presentation that may vary.

I’ve given this talk at any number of writers conferences over the years. After writing 23 nonfiction pet books, I’ve experimented with several ways of creating nonfiction proposals and some work better than others. Once I found something that worked, few of the basics have changed. It all begins with what I call THE IDEA TREE.

UPDATED JUNE 2013: THIS SERIES HAS BEEN REMOVED.

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Tuesday Tips: Nonfiction Books & The “IDEA” Tree — 15 Comments

  1. Thanks for this post, Amy. I can’t wait to more of the series. I love the analogy of the tree and its different relationships to a book proposal. For me, the hard part is coming up with a good hook. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have to say about that :)

    • You’re very welcome August. That last picture (golden aspens) inspires me every time I see it–taken at the annual writer retreat. *s*

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