Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance before You Write Your Book

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780936085319
  • Publisher: Blue Heron Publishing OR
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.05 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
A Note to My Readers 1
Ch. 1 Book Proposals: What Are They? Why Use Them? 3
Ch. 2 Evaluating and Refining Your Ideas: Preparing to Write Your Book 13
Ch. 3 Research Made Easy: What Data Will You Need? 28
Ch. 4 About the Competition: What's Already in Print? 34
Ch. 5 About the Author: Selling Yourself 51
Ch. 6 The Concept Statement: Tell Me Why I Should Buy Your Book 65
Ch. 7 About the Market: Defining Your Reader 76
Ch. 8 About the Book: Inform, Dazzle, Persuade 91
Ch. 9 Table of Contents and Chapter Summaries: Organizing Your Book 114
Ch. 10 The Heart of Your Proposal: Sample Chapters 128
Ch. 11 Production Details: If You Had Your Way 137
Ch. 12 About Promotion: Good Morning, Springfield. Good Morning, America 150
Ch. 13 Last But Not Least: The Appendix 162
Ch. 14 Marketing Strategies: Queries and Responses, Agents and Editors 167
Ch. 15 The Perfect Proposal: From Final Edit to Contract Offer 187
App. Proposal Writers Who Contributed to This Book and the Status of Their Books 203
Resource Directory 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2001

    If you want to get published like I did, read this book!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    This book will get you published!!

    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!)

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