The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal
By Stephen Blake Mettee
Quill Driver Books, (2002) Standard Print Edition
Genre: Writing & Publishing
Reviewed by Herbert White - August 24, 2007
Ok, you've written a book, or you have a great idea for a book - now the hard work begins - finding a publisher! One of the most daunting tasks that face most nonfiction book authors is the task of writing a book proposal. The book proposal is your primary marketing tool that you use to entice potential editors and agents to consider your book. No matter how well-written and researched your book is, if you cannot grab the editor's attention with your book proposal, odds are they will never even look at your book!
Writing a book proposal may be a daunting challenge, but with the right help, you'll find the task much simpler - and your end product expertly targeted toward your intended audience. To help you learn how to write a nonfiction book proposal, I highly recommend Stephen Blake Mettee's book, The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal. Within this concise and clearly written book, Mettee guides you step-by-step through the entire process. Along the way he points out common mistakes that many writers make, and also offers sage advice on techniques you can use to craft a book proposal that will grab - and hold - an editor's attention!
Mettee is the founder and publisher of Quill Driver Books / Word Dancer Press, inc., and as a book publisher, knows what an editor and a publisher want, and expect to find, in a book proposal. He has also shared his advice and expertise with countless writers in class room settings and at workshops around the country. In The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal Mettee shares with you some insider secrets of the 'trade' and offers honest and up-to-date information on what is required in a book proposal, and what elements are optional. He also offers advice on handling rejection, along with examples of why persistence is an essential trait in any serious writer.
This book is divided into four main parts - three chapters followed by a collection of supporting material including a glossary of terms and an overview of an author's bundle of rights. The first chapter contains an explanation of what, exactly, a book proposal is, and why it is so important. In this section, Mettee also provides a brief look at the various types of publishers and the publication process and touches upon such intriguing subjects as deciding if you need an agent, how royalties are figured, and what an advance is. The second chapter is devoted to the writing of the query letter, and the third chapter to writing the actual book proposal. The final part of this book contains a collection of relevant samples - including a sample of a query letter, a book proposal, an agency contract, and a sample book contract. He has included a checklist to help you make sure that you have included all the essential elements in your book proposals. He has also included a page showing the standard format that should be used for your book proposal.
In short, The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal contains all the information you'll need to write a nonfiction book proposal. Mettee has also included invaluable tips on submitting your query letter and book proposals. If you have an idea for a nonfiction book, and you are serious about getting it published - get this book! It takes you step-by-step through the whole process of writing and submitting a book proposal. Most important, this book will give you the confidence and the information that you need to craft a professional book proposal.
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