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Getting Started on Your Nonfiction Book Proposal

How to write an outline that gets your book in the hands of a publisher

- January 22, 2014
You can't write a nonfiction book proposal overnight. Even if you could, you wouldn't want to, and here's why: The preliminary research you do during the proposal-writing process will help you avoid costly mistakes and allow you to hone in on what you really want to write about. The proposal also helps you zero in on your angle and determine what fresh information you have to add to your book's topic beyond what currently exists in the market. Finally, the finished proposal serves as a roadmap for your writing. Where a novelist has to write her entire novel beforehand, possibly floundering and second-guessing herself, the nonfiction author sells her idea based on the proposal, and begins the writing process armed with a detailed outline.

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