Tuesday Tips: Nonfiction Proposals, Passionate Picks & Bio-Building

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. The first week discussed the IDEA TREE and last week the blog covered topic choice including where to find ideas and decide if they’re viable. Today’s installment is relatively short–I’m still on the road–but covers a bit about market research and how to build your bio, both vital to your nonfiction proposal.

UPDATED JUNE 2013: THIS SERIES HAS BEEN REMOVED.

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Tuesday Tips: Nonfiction Proposals, Passionate Picks & Bio-Building — 12 Comments

  1. You are SO turbo-awesome!!! I need this series so bad! I’m writing a memoir but it’s about pregnancy so I have all kinds of things I need to be doing in advance of proposal…only I wasn’t sure exactly what they were!!

  2. I was the one that adopted a female cat about 3 months ago. The thing is she will only come into our garage at night and morning shes a escape artist until evening. How can we keep her in so she won’t run away? We’ve tried the house and she won’t use the litter box.

    • Hi Sandy,

      It can be tough to transition a cat used to roaming to life on the inside. The key, really, is to make the indoors very attractive with hiding spots, warm places to sleep, lookouts at windows, scratching options, etc.

      As for the litter box–cats that have never been inside may not recognize what it’s for. You might get better results by adding a top-dusting over the litter of garden soil and leaves (temporarily until kitty figures it out).

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