- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee; Revised, Updated edition (December 3, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039952827X
- ISBN-13: 978-0399528279
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 54 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book, Revised and Updated Revised, Updated Edition
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I know: we all want to write a Great Novel. But in the meantime, don't you have a few terrific ideas for a nonfiction book, too? The subtitle of this book is "How to Get a Contract and an Advance Before Writing Your Book." Doesn't THAT sound better than competing with John Grisham and Tom Clancy? Eighty-five percent of all new titles are nonfiction. So dust off those memoirs, dig up those recipes of Aunt Edna's. Lyon takes you step by step through the process of how to discover and pitch your nonfiction book idea to the best market. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“The perfect tool with which to create a successful book proposal.”—Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle, Cine/Lit Representation, Literary Agency and Media Consultants
“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
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Certainly seems it would be adequate and I would not need any tips from the Jack Canfield & Steve Harrison "Bestseller Blueprint" online training course being marketed to prospective writers, even though they are offering a so generous $500 @ drop dead date discount, ONLY charging $997. That's Jack & Steve's giving back to society/the world promotion--Chicken Soup from Your Wallet, so to speak.
There's a big difference between giving back and exploiting, and the nuance can be clouded by gobbledegook, as any wordsmith knows. Unless that $997 is a typo, and meant to be $9.97 (forgetting about the $500 urgency buy-in discount), thus helping out prospective writers rather than fleecing them. Just saying. :-)
I found the template helpful because it had a lot of detail and success models in it. On many pages I scribbled several notes to myself of how to use the point made in the book in my next proposal. Although I have written and sold two books in the past and read two other books on book proposals, this one added a lot to my knowledge.
In fact, I had an epiphany in the middle of reading the book. I suddenly got it: The editors who may be very interested in my next book may not know anything about my subject, not have time to learn, nor the background to appreciate the nuanaces. Yet they will take a little precious time to consider my ideas if I just make them easy to understand, fun to absorb, and exciting to contemplate. With that insight, I am very excited about writing my next book proposal!
I urge you to read this book and apply its lessons.
My only quibble is that the book has little in the way of examples of proposals for business books, my genre. The Herman and Snell books are better for examples if that is your subject.
If you are serious about wanting to sell your book, I strongly urge you to read this book as well as the Herman and Snell books on the same subject. Good luck with your sale!
Her writing is authoritative, yet she manages to circumvent any and all lecturing. If you have never written a proposal for a nonfiction work (or need to brush up on the proper how-to), this book is a marvelous source.
I am writing this review shortly after the anniversary of D-Day, the successful invasion of France that led to the defeat of NAZI Germany. Eisenhower said,"Plans are nothing; planning is everything." Elizabeth's book is about planning and documenting the plan.
Elizabeth, thank you for this excellent book.
I really liked, and recommend, Thinking Like Your Editor, by Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato.