Here is an expert's guide through the elements of a nonfiction book proposal, including the outline, chapter summaries, marketing/publicity, book and chapter titles, and more. Filled with exercises designed to help a writer conceive and create a desirable proposal, and checklists to keep track of the project's progress, The Art of the Book Proposal provides the framework on which to build a great idea, as well as intelligent, empathetic instruction on how to produce a proposal that will capture the interest of an agent or editor.
While most how-to writing books focus only on the nuts and bolts of putting a proposal together, Maisel, considered by many to be America's foremost expert on the psychological side of the creative process, also helps the writer overcome mental barriers to producing the best work possible. Using a holistic approach to the sometimes unglamorous work of designing a proposal, his guide enables a writer to transform an idea into a book.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 14 Years|
About the Author
A featured speaker at writers’ conferences and a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest, psychotherapist Eric Maisel has written twenty-two works of fiction and nonfiction including The Creativity Book, Deep Writing, A Life in the Arts, Fearless Creating, and Affirmations for Artists. He lives near San Francisco.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: Think Before You Write||1|
|1||The Nonfiction Book Proposal||17|
|2||Your Book Idea||35|
|3||Finding Your Focus and Your Frame||55|
|4||The Activity of Titling||79|
|6||Creating Your Credentials Section||113|
|7||Creating Your Competing and Complementary Books Section||131|
|8||Creating Your Marketing and Promotion Section||149|
|9||Creating Your Main Overview, Headline Paragraph, and Bare-Bones Proposal||169|
|10||Creating Your Chapter Summaries||189|
|11||Creating Your Sample Chapter||209|
|12||Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal||225|
|Afterword: Writing Your Nonfiction Book Now or Later||251|
|Appendix||Sample Book Proposal||255|