A nonfiction book proposal is the key document that allows an agent or publisher to determine the viability of a project. Unlike fiction, where an author must have a completed manuscript ready before they approach a publisher or agent, a nonfiction author only needs to develop a proposal to submit to publishers and/or agents.
The proposal should answer the following questions:
- Content: What is the book about?
- Market: Who would be interested in this idea?
- Competitive Titles: What other books already exist on this topic and how does this one differ?
- Platform: Who is the author, why is the author the best person to produce this book, and what are they doing to engage with potential readers?