Publishing part 5 of 5: The non-fiction book proposal


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As you may know by now, my specialty is fiction. I have dealt with non-fiction book proposals in the past, but only briefly. So I started researching it. I always do a bit of research when I write my posts, just to see if there is anything useful I can link to, and I usually find a few things, but nothing that says everything I wanted to cover in the post. This time, however, I found an overwhelming amount of information, succinct or detailed, which covers every bit of information that I wanted to give you; so much so, in fact, that I felt I couldn’t really add anything to the information that is already out there. So this week, I’m going to be offering you something different than my usual, lengthy posts. I am going to offer you a mini-database of links on the subject of the non-fiction book proposal, a place where you can go to in order to find everything you need to know, without needing to spend any time searching for it.

This post is by far the most complete one, giving you pretty much everything you need to know on the subject. It explains the difference in proposals between traditional non-fiction and narrative non-fiction, helps you write a strong proposal, and gives a very thorough overview of the book proposal.

This one concentrates on the proposal itself, and gives you a more in-detail overview of its different parts.

This one gives a very brief overview of the proposal itself, but explains at length why a proposal is needed over a manuscript, and is definitely worth a read just for that.

This one is succinct, and starts off with a good checklist of what makes a book proposal successful.

This one is from a literary agency, and goes over the same points than most of the others, but adds a few very important, and often overlooked details at the beginning.