Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How To Get A Contract And Advance Before Writing Your Book, Revised And Updated by Elizabeth LyonNonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How To Get A Contract And Advance Before Writing Your Book, Revised And Updated by Elizabeth Lyon

Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How To Get A Contract And Advance Before Writing Your…

byElizabeth Lyon

Paperback | December 3, 2002

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Sign the contract…then write the book. The good news is that almost every nonfiction book published is sold by a proposal. In this comprehensive yet accessible guide, you will learn exactly what a proposal is, what it must contain, and how to pull yours together into an informative, persuasive selling package. Already a favorite for thousands of aspiring writers, this book has been revised and updated by Elizabeth Lyon to feature nearly two dozen actual proposals, plus:



·         Choosing a topic based on current trends and competing titles

·         Drafting the perfect concept statement—daring agents and editors to reject you

·         Defining and targeting your readership—then connecting with them

·         Preparing a table of contents and chapter summaries

·         Submitting exciting and well-written sample chapters

·         Writing query letters

·         Devising a marketing plan that will excite agents and publishers

Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Title:Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How To Get A Contract And Advance Before Writing Your…Format:PaperbackPublished:December 3, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039952827X

ISBN - 13:9780399528279

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Buy for New Writers I highly recommend this book for new writers. Ms. Lyon takes the foggy world of book publishing and places it within reach. Although I have written and published dozens of business articles, I have never attempted to publish a book. With little spare time, I found this book to be a godsend. The format takes you through the preparation of a book proposal in the sequence in which it should be written, citing web sites, books and other reference materials. That information alone has saved weeks of time researching information. I also found Ms. Lyon's writing style direct and refreshing, more like receiving advice from an experienced colleague than an unknown author. Crisp, factual, humorous and engaging, I highly recommend this book to emerging authors who want to spend their time writing instead of navigating aimlessly through the publishing world.
Date published: 2003-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write Just had to mention how pleased I am with the book, Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write! Slowly but surely I am writing the proposal, before I continue writing my manuscript. Lyon effectively demystifies a very complicated operation. Her explanations are clear and concise. If you are an aspiring published writer, buy this book!
Date published: 2003-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading for Nonfiction Book Writers Any writer seriously considering writing a nonfiction book does not dare ignore Elizabeth Lyon's thoughtful guidance. Besides an overview of the publishing industry and the resulting need for proposals, the book provides a step-by-step approach for researching your book's viability, and writing each of twelve sections of the proposal. Lyon uses various examples from her clients' proposals, then critiques them with an editor's perspective. In addition, she writes with such confidence that her optimistic outlook infects the reader.
Date published: 2003-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I needed this! This book is known as the most comprehensive book of its kind on the market. Not only was this recommended to me by several working writers, editors, and an agent, it is also the most up to date book on proposal writing. Writing a proposal is very different than writing a book, and has been a whole new learning process for me. While reading through this I filled almost an entire notebook with ideas to work with. The guidance and sources she offers for your research process are truy inspiring. I don't know what I would have done without this!
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Communicating Your Story to Agents and Editors This book is terrific! The author makes the process of writing a proposal manageable. Using this book I was able to produce a clear, professional proposal to send out. Even better, by answering the questions provided in each chapter I was able to finally understand what my book really was about and easily explain it to agents and editors.
Date published: 2003-06-24

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition
A Note to My Readers
Chapter One: Book Proposals: What Are They? Why Use Them?
Chapter Two: Evaluating and Refining Your Ideas: Preparing to Write Your Book
Chapter Three: Research Made Easy: What Data Will You Need?
Chapter Four: About the Competition: What's Already in Print?
Chapter Five: About the Author: Selling Yourself
Chapter Six: The Concept Statement: Tell Me Why I Should Buy Your Book
Chapter Seven: About the Market: Defining Your Reader
Chapter Eight: About the Book: Inform, Dazzle, Persuade
Chapter Nine: Table of Contents and Chapter Summaries: Organizing Your Book
Chapter Ten: The Heart of Your Proposal: Sample Chapters
Chapter Eleven: Production Details: If You Had Your Way
Chapter Twelve: About Promotion: Good Morning, Springfield. Good Morning, America.
Chapter Thirteen: Last But Not Least: The Appendix
Chapter Fourteen: Marketing Strategies: Queries and Responses, Agents and Editors
Chapter Fifteen: The Perfect Proposal: From Final Edit to Contract Offer

Proposal Writers Who Contributed to This Book and the Status of Their Books
Resource Directory
Publication Consent Agreement
Model Author/Agent Agreement
About the Author

Editorial Reviews

“The perfect tool with which to create a successful book proposal.”—Mary Alice Kier and Anna Cottle, Cine/Lit Representation, Literary Agency and Media Consultants “Elizabeth Lyon knows book proposals the way a surgeon knows anatomy.”—Gary Provost, author of 22 books including 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing “This book is pure gold! I received an offer from a large publisher who stated that my proposal was professional and well-written; even my agent said it would be the standard in the industry. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Lyon.” —Mary Jeanne Menna, author of Mom to New Mom: Practical Tips and Advice for the New Mom “Don’t try to sell your next nonfiction book without consulting it.” —Gerald Gross, author of Editors on Editing: What Writers Need to Know About What Editors Do “Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write gave me the structure I needed to produce a coherent, organized proposal. Everything my agent wanted to see in my proposal was there because of Elizabeth’s book. I was able to send my proposal within a week, and three months later, my agent was responding to bids from four large publishing houses. One of them paid me an unusually high advance for a first-time author. I will always be grateful to Elizabeth.” —Sallirae Henderson, M.Div., author of A Life Complete: Emotional and Spiritual Growth for Midlife and Beyond