Tuesday Tips: Dissecting The Nonfiction Proposal

Today I continue my series on nonfiction book proposals. Over the next several Tuesday Tips I’ll continue to 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.

The first week discussed the IDEA TREE followed by topic choice including where to find ideas and decide if they’re viable. The third covered passionate picks and bio building–and then the holidays happened, so I took a week off. Last week the topic was to query or not, what goes in a query or cover letter and how to approach an editor/agent.

Today we get into the nitty gritty to learn what goes into a proposal package that you send out, and the components of the proposal itself. Sharpen your virtual pencils, folks! That proposal may seem like a warm-and-fuzzy cluster of CUTE-ICITY, but let’s take a look at each individual component that makes up the whole.

UPDATED JUNE 2013: THIS SERIES HAS BEEN REMOVED.

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Tuesday Tips: Dissecting The Nonfiction Proposal — 11 Comments

  1. Thanks for the great tips, Amy. I’m working on a non-fiction proposal right now, and it’s great to have this “at-a-glance look” at the proposal. I’m always afraid I might leave something major out. Looking forward to reading the rest of your series.

  2. SPOT ON, Amy! The nine components you list for proposal contents are exactly what got me my first non-fiction book contract. Well done and thanks for organizing the issues involved in this process. Be well, write well!

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