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Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Bookby Elizabeth Lyon
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Sign the contract…then write the book. The good news is that almost every nonfiction book published is sold by a proposal. In this comprehensive yet accessible guide, you will learn exactly what a proposal is, what it must contain, and how to pull yours together into an informative, persuasive selling package. Already a favorite for thousands of aspiring writers, this book has been revised and updated by Elizabeth Lyon to feature nearly two dozen actual proposals, plus:
· Choosing a topic based on current trends and competing titles
· Drafting the perfect concept statement—daring agents and editors to reject you
· Defining and targeting your readership—then connecting with them
· Preparing a table of contents and chapter summaries
· Submitting exciting and well-written sample chapters
· Writing query letters
· Devising a marketing plan that will excite agents and publishers
Many writers, and aspiring writers, don't realize the opportunities that exist in the nonfiction book market. This book shows them how to take advantage, with topics including subject matter research, creating marketing plans, and writing a strong "About the Author" section. Also features two dozen actual proposals.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 266-279) and index.
About the Author
Elizabeth Lyon has been a contributing writer to Writer's Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition
A Note to My Readers
Chapter One: Book Proposals: What Are They? Why Use Them?
Chapter Two: Evaluating and Refining Your Ideas: Preparing to Write Your Book
Chapter Three: Research Made Easy: What Data Will You Need?
Chapter Four: About the Competition: What's Already in Print?
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