Editors and literary agents are looking for that non-fiction book that has legs. Carol Hoenig will take you through the steps of how to put together an eye-catching book proposal.
Knowing how to write an effective book proposal, or at least be able to write a good first draft, is an important skill for all new authors to hone. Author Carolyn Howard-Johnson believes that in order to have an impactful book proposal, it's important for the author to make the time and effort to do the writing, since they know the book best. She suggests starting with a preview section that includes your platform and how you will be a partner in promoting your book. This will help to get the attention of the prospective agent or publisher, and make you stand out amongst other book proposals.
Author and publishing consultant PJ Campbell loads us up with 25 tips for a great book proposal.
When you are looking for an agent to represent your work you either have to submit a book proposal before the book is written or a completed manuscript. Jim O'Connor, author and PR expert, explains which one you should send in to the agent. He also shares what to include in the proposal.
Author Gary Small, who has written many Nonfiction books, describes what goes into a good proposal, including sample chapters, outlines, and more.