Book Proposals

Mapping Out a Book and Path to (Traditional) Publication

 
 

If you write nonfiction and are looking to be traditionally published, concocting a book proposal is a necessary part of the process. A good book proposal can get you a good agent, which can get you the longed-for publishing deal.

While there’s a standard formula for the book proposal basics, most authors find it helpful to have some help making it as compelling as possible.

We can help you create a book proposal from scratch, or advise you on a work-in-progress. Some of our clients bring us fourteen double-spaced pages of rambling, barely connected thoughts. We can start with that.

We can do this because we have written dozens of book proposals over the years.

If you’d like some basic guidance to get started on your own, consider my former colleague William Frucht’s one-pager on his ideal book proposal.

Here’s Bill Frucht’s good advice.

 
The first book proposal I wrote led to a deal for  How to Be Useful . The original subtitle was “A Beginner’s Guide to Meritocracy” but the publisher didn’t think people would get the meritocracy part.

The first book proposal I wrote led to a deal for How to Be Useful. The original subtitle was “A Beginner’s Guide to Meritocracy” but the publisher didn’t think people would get the meritocracy part.