The Art of the Book Proposal

The Art of the Book Proposal

by Eric Maisel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585423347
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/24/2004
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

A featured speaker at writers’ conferences and a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, psychotherapist Eric Maisel has written twenty-two works of fiction and nonfiction including The Creativity Book, Deep Writing, A Life in the Arts, Fearless Creating, and Affirmations for Artists. He lives near San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Think Before You Write1
1The Nonfiction Book Proposal17
2Your Book Idea35
3Finding Your Focus and Your Frame55
4The Activity of Titling79
5Chunking95
6Creating Your Credentials Section113
7Creating Your Competing and Complementary Books Section131
8Creating Your Marketing and Promotion Section149
9Creating Your Main Overview, Headline Paragraph, and Bare-Bones Proposal169
10Creating Your Chapter Summaries189
11Creating Your Sample Chapter209
12Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal225
Afterword: Writing Your Nonfiction Book Now or Later251
AppendixSample Book Proposal255

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Art of the Book Proposal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
jerlbaum on LibraryThing 16 days ago
This book helped me to write the proposal I used to sell my first memoir, GIRLBOMB. It's not just a practical guide to proposal writing, it's an emotional guide to the creative process as well. I quote and recommend this book frequently, and many of the people I've recommended it to have reported great success in following Maisel's advice. It's a little New Age-y at times, but I continue to find it an invaluable resource.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No joke -- this very thorough and astute book helped me write a proposal that landed me a deal with a major publisher. Maisel really understands both the writing process and the publishing market, and gives very solid step-by-step advice that marries the two. If you've got an idea for a non-fiction book, this book will show you how to refine and present your idea in the most saleable way possible. Great stuff.