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“Elizabeth Lyon knows book proposals the way a surgeon knows anatomy.”—Gary Provost, author of 22 books including 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing
“This book is pure gold! I received an offer from a large publisher who stated that my proposal was professional and well-written; even my agent said it would be the standard in the industry. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Lyon.” —Mary Jeanne Menna, author of Mom to New Mom: Practical Tips and Advice for the New Mom
“Don’t try to sell your next nonfiction book without consulting it.” —Gerald Gross, author of Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do
“Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write gave me the structure I needed to produce a coherent, organized proposal. Everything my agent wanted to see in my proposal was there because of Elizabeth’s book. I was able to send my proposal within a week, and three months later, my agent was responding to bids from four large publishing houses. One of them paid me an unusually high advance for a first-time author. I will always be grateful to Elizabeth.” —Sallirae Henderson, M.Div., author of A Life Complete: Emotional and Spiritual Growth for Midlife and Beyond
I love this book as a comprehensive "how to" guide. Elizabeth Lyon covers the full enchilada from gathering the ingredients to cooking up the meal to order, then serving it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alex
I've taught classes and worked with clients about doing proposals for years, as well as working for a few publishers and as a publishing author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ariele M. Huff
I found this book to be very helpful. I plan to use Elizabeth's concepts as a planning tool for the books I write. Read morePublished 5 months ago by S. Northover
This is a very practical and thorough guide to writing proposals and queries. It guides you through the steps and gives many additional resources that are very helpful. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ruth Moorberg
Am not done reading yet, but so far it is great. Mentioned by many, and I am reading other books on the subject too. This is authoritative, and, of course, well-written. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Backbutton
I have been looking for a good "handbook" on how to write a strong book proposal for non-fiction. I have purchased (and returned) several books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Culture Enthusiast
I am a writer and this book was very helpful. It is very detailed and a good guide to develop one's nonfiction book proposalPublished 23 months ago by Patricia A. Welker
This is an area of weakness for me. It is also a most important skill if one hopes to get one's work agented and published. This book was most helpful.Published on June 13, 2013 by Richard A. Herman
I've just sent off a proposal to an agent - I used this book a lot when preparing it. I found the most useful thing was how demanding it is - it doesn't pull punches, including... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by muse1