Book Proposals

Mapping Out a Book and Path to (Traditional) Publication

 
 

If you write nonfiction and want to be traditionally published, concocting a book proposal will be a necessary part of your process. A professional book proposal can get you a good agent, which can land you the longed-for publishing deal.

While there’s a basic formula for book proposals, many aspiring authors find it helpful to have some guidance making it as compelling as possible.

We can help you create a book proposal from scratch, or further develop a work-in-progress. Some of our clients bring us fourteen double-spaced pages of rambling, barely connected thoughts—and we started with that. In most cases, we continued collaborating through the finished, traditionally published, book.

How do we do this? It’s magic. Also, we have written dozens of book proposals over the years. We have read and evaluated 100s more.

If you’d like some preliminary advice to get started on your own, please consider my former colleague William Frucht’s one-pager on his ideal book proposal, which he kindly agreed to let us share.

Here’s Bill Frucht’s good advice.

As we often tell prospective clients, though: We’ve seen everything. So if you’re staring at a pile of dreck and don’t even know where to begin, or simply can’t find the time to collate your thoughts, don’t be shy about contacting us.

TYpical Project Length: 2-4 months, less if consultation only

Fee Structure: Varies; Hourly or Project Fee

Inputs: Written Drafts, Conversation, Interviews, Additional Research (As needed)

 
The first book proposal I authored led to  How to Be Useful  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008). The original subtitle was “A Beginner’s Guide to Meritocracy” but the publisher didn’t think readers would appreciate “meritocracy.” This is a long, stupid sob story I’ll gladly tell you about in person.

The first book proposal I authored led to How to Be Useful (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008). The original subtitle was “A Beginner’s Guide to Meritocracy” but the publisher didn’t think readers would appreciate “meritocracy.” This is a long, stupid sob story I’ll gladly tell you about in person.