Write Your Nonfiction Book Proposal

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Eastern

If you want to traditionally publish a nonfiction book, a completed manuscript usually isn’t enough to land you a book deal. You’ll also need a book proposal.


Additional Information

A book proposal is essentially a business plan for your book; it convincingly argues why your book is a salable product in today’s market. A book proposal requires research and thought; if properly developed, it can take weeks (or longer) to write. This webinar breaks down what can be an overwhelming process into clear, manageable steps.

In this webinar you will:

  • DISCOVER the essential elements of every book proposal and learn how agents and editors use them to make a decision about your work.
  • IDENTIFY the difference between a strong, actionable book marketing plan (necessary for every proposal) and one that agents and editors will find questionable.
  • HARNESS the power of the platform you have today and make the best of what you have.
  • UNDERSTAND the unique challenges of memoir and gain insight into the types of memoir that typically get rejected and how memoirists can set themselves apart from others.
  • LEARN how to research agents and publishers appropriate for your work.

You’ll  also receive:

  • digital access to book proposal worksheets to help you research and write the proposal—starting with the easy parts first, to build your confidence; and
  • a book proposal template (in Word) that uses industry standard formatting.

By the end of the webinar, you’ll have a sharper idea of your project’s marketability and how to evaluate other titles in your category, giving you an editor’s eye for what sells. While there is no one “right way” or formula for preparing a book proposal—just as there is no one right way to write a book—this course will lead you through every required component, as well as some optional ones.

All registrants receive a recording.

To request closed captioning, please email [email protected]

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Please Note

It is not uncommon for classes to fill up before the end of early registration, particularly in the last few days before the deadline. If you know for certain that you wish to take a particular class, we recommend registering early. If you'd like to be added to a waitlist for a sold-out class, please email our director of education, Sharla Yates, at [email protected].

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Webinar FAQs

  • Will there be closed-captioning or a transcript of the webinar?

    We will provide closed-captioning upon request. Please contact us at least a week prior to the webinar to allow time for scheduling with a captioner.

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    We use GoTo Meeting. After you register for the webinar, you will receive an email with a link to the class.

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    Yes: Chrome tends to work best with the GoTo Webinar software.

  • I’d like to attend a webinar but have a conflict. Will the program be offered at another time?

    Our webinars are usually presented on Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern time. We rarely repeat webinars, but we do send out a recording of the program to everyone who registers, and you may watch the program at your conviencence.