The Three Essential Questions Every Agent Hopes Your Book Proposal Answers (REPLAY)

A good book proposal will hook an agent. A great proposal will make an agent fall in love with your book. A companion webinar to Writing the Proposal: How to Finish and Sell Your Nonfiction Book.

Replay is available to purchase until October 14, 2022.

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Webinar Replay

Every creative nonfiction writer seeking traditional publication, including memoirists, will need to write a book proposal. While there’s no way to escape the work involved, you can make the process manageable—and maybe even fun—if you understand how this document functions, what essential questions it must answer, and how your responses can lead to a successful one. During this 75-minute webinar, we’ll explore the seven parts of every book proposal, the essential questions each section answers, and how to tackle the proposal process while feeling good about your project and your author platform. We’ll also discuss the power of working on a proposal in collaboration with other writers and the formatting tricks that can get your project noticed.

In this webinar, you will:

  • IDENTIFY a book proposal’s purpose and function
  • DISCOVER the three essential questions this document must answer
  • FIND OUT  how the seven essential parts of every proposal work to answer those questions
  • GAIN formatting tricks that can make your proposal more attractive
  • LEARN shame-busting strategies for tackling each section
  • EXPLORE the power of collaborating with other writers

This webinar is ideal for

  • mid-stage memoirists, narrative nonfiction, and traditional nonfiction writers seeking traditional publication
  • writers who have heard the phrase book proposal whispered by other writers and cringed
  • writers who have started a proposal, only to get overwhelmed—or shamed—by sections like Audience, Marketing Plan, and Comparable Titles
  • writers who have finished a proposal, submitted it to agents, and heard endless versions of “No thank you” or, worse, nothing at all

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