Publishing Information

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Unlike fiction, where an author must have a completed manuscript ready before they approach apublisher 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:

  1. Content: What is the book about?
  2. Market: Who would be interested in this idea?
  3. Competitive Titles: What other books already exist on this topic and how does this one differ?
  4. 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?