Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance before You Write Your Bookby Elizabeth C. Lyon
With this innovative guide, writing a nonfiction book proposal that sells is both simple and intuitive. A boon to professionals who want to write and anyone who regularly works with writers: teachers, editors, publishers, and agents.
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My first parenting book is being released this summer and I credit Elizabeth Lyons for guiding me through the critical book proposal process with Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write. Her book contains everything you'll need to present a professional, cohesive, all-inclusive book proposal to publishers.
As a 39-year-old first-time author (but previously published writer for regional/national magazines), I followed the guidelines in this book and got a contract with the largest publisher in the country! This book is a MUST for anyone who is writing a non-fiction book. I am frequently asked if an author must write an entire book, then submit it to a publisher. The answer is NO! You must first write a convincing book proposal (including three non-consecutive chapters from your book). Ms. Lyons tells the first-time writer exactly how to write an excellent book proposal; giving lots of good pointers for researching competition, how to differentiate your book from other books of the shelves (important to the publisher), understanding if the timing is right for your book, marketing/sales, and so forth. All of the answers I had on writing my first book/book proposal were answered in this book. (P.S. As Ms. Lyons will tell you; don't give up. I received over 40 rejections before two publishers made me an offer!)