By Elizabeth Lyon
Recommended on: 12th December 2020
Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write: How to Get a Contract and Advance Before Writing Your Book, by Elizabeth Lyon. We’re often asked how to get started in publishing a non-fiction book. You can’t do any better than to read Elizabeth Lyon’s guide, which provides a crash course on how to write a book proposal that (along with three sample chapters), will help you sell your book idea without having to write the entire book. A few things to note. It’s easy to overlook the importance of doing the market analysis—that is, analyzing the books that will compete with yours. But that’s one of the first issues you should explore. What’s different about your book that hasn’t already been said in many other books? It’s also easy to overlook the importance of developing your own personal platform. Not everyone is going to be a Harvard professor or have a “sailed through Yale” resume. But, even so, you need some innovative dash of panache to establish your credibility as an expert. You also need to keep in mind that it’s not enough to even just be an expert in your subject—you also want to captivate your audience. Lyon gives great insight into how to do precisely that.
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