How to Write a Book Proposal

An updated handbook for prospective authors describes what editors are looking for in a book proposal; discusses outlines, sample chapters, and submission requirements; explains how to test-market a book idea and select the right editors and publishers for a proposal; and includes sample proposals.

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3 Comments

  1. It really does work I am a nonfiction writer, and I’ve had three books published so far. I used this book to write my very first proposal, and I sold that book. I used it to write my second proposal, and I sold that book, too. I’ve recommended it to so many other writers that I thought I would finally write a review. When I knew absolutely nothing about the publishing world, when I didn’t know how to start a proposal or what to expect from the publishing industry, this book made me feel as though I had a personal…

  2. Read this book before writing your proposal With the New York book publishing world shrinking down to a handful of huge conglomerates, selling a proposal is tougher than ever. Everything is the “bottom line,” and if you don’t accept that truth, you’re wasting your time. 

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