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Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody can Write (Revised and Updated)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    A Must Buy for New Writers

    Elizabeth takes the foggy world of publishing and clearly describes how to write a book proposal which will get your book published. Although I have written and published dozens of business articles, I have never attempted to publish a book. I was referred to this book by a published author, and found it to be extraordinarily helpful. The format takes you through the preparation of a book proposal in the sequence in which it should be written, citing web sites, books and and other reference materials readily available. That information alone has saved me days and weeks of time searching for resources as I pull together the proposal. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Don't go without this one!

    Writing a proposal is very different from writing a book, and requires a 'selling' mindset. This book made the transition of perspective much easier as I jotted down almost a whole notebook of ideas while reading the book. There is a plethera of helpful advice and sources in these pages. This book was recommended by several friends of mine, including writing instructors and an agent. Everything about proposals is answered in this book, and if you follow the guidelines, you will be way ahead of the game, because Lyon is thorough! Stuffed with ideas on how to describe and sell your book so that the market will seem to be asolutely waiting for your book's release... the market may need my book indeed, but I needed this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2003

    Communicating Your Story to Agents and Editors

    This book is terrific! The author makes the process of writing a book proposal manageable. Using this book I was able to produce a clear, professional proposal to send out. Even better, the questions provided in each chapter helped me better understand my story and easily explain it to agents and editors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2003

    SUPERB guide for the non-fiction writer

    It's hard to imagine there could be anything about writing book proposals that's not in this book. Thorough, authoritative, extremely well organized, yet written with a gentle, helpful style. It's like having a colleague in the book business whispering in your ear telling you what to include, what to discard, and how to package it. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2003

    I Just Love How You Get Me To Write, Elizabeth!

    Great piece of work. I bought Elizabeth's book because two publishers requested a proposal from me and I did not know A THING about book proposals. Well, thanks to Elizabeth's book, I am happy to report I finished writing my proposal and sent it out two days ago. And I can honestly say I feel completely confident with it. The proposal was A LOT of work, but with Elizabeth inspiring me and evoking the best out of me, I wrote a beautiful proposal. I owe a GREAT thanks to you, Elizabeth!

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