I’ve given this talk at any number of writers conferences over the years. After writing 26 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. I’ll break it down for you–and that’s just the beginning!
Join me SATURDAY JUNE 22 2-3:30 EASTERN TIME for my next Webinar JUST THE FACTS: CREATE WINNING BOOK PROPOSALS
(You can wear your bunny slippers…I won’t tell!) If you can’t make it Saturday, the session is recorded and available for you to watch/listen for two weeks.
The webinar is a 90-minute PowerPoint class designed to help beginning to experienced writers interested in submitting nonfiction books for publication to agents and/or “traditional” publishers. Unlike fiction projects that should be completed before submission, nonfiction books typically are sold based on a proposal along with samples.
I sold six nonfiction books with proposals to “traditional” publishers on my own, and more than a dozen more after landing a high-powered agent. Along the way I made every mistake possible–and also learned what worked, thanks to a nit-picky-cranky-ire-inspiring (and awesome!) editor or three. Although much of publishing remains in flux, the sales tool–the nonfiction proposal–remains a mainstay for “selling” both agent and editor on your idea.
This session also includes (SQUEE!) CUTE PET PICTURES and shows you how to choose saleable topics, build an impressive bio, query (or not), and craft the proposal. There are many kinds of nonfiction, from memoir and biography to prescriptive advice and “creative nonfiction” stories. You’ll learn what components make up the proposal and how to compose them, how to format the proposal, and create your competition/market survey. You’ll also learn tips for finding expert sources, building your ‘brand’ and leveraging your platform.
What are you waiting for?! Get that book proposal DONE and out the door!