By Nina Amir
Many aspiring nonfiction authors see book proposals as a necessary evil. Maybe you, too, see this document as a means to an end. You must write one so you can find a literary agent who can present your book idea to publishers or so you can do so yourself.
In fact, both nonfiction writers who plan to independently publish their books and those who seek traditional publishing deals should consider creating a nonfiction book proposal as a necessary book creation process. Don’t think of what you are doing as writing a proposal, though; think of it as developing a business plan for your book so you can evaluate the viability of your idea. Every book needs a business plan, and the best business plan for a book is, in fact, a proposal.
Train to Become a Successful Author
By going through all the sections of a nonfiction book proposal and at least composing a draft document—a business plan—you not only hone you book idea, you figure out if your idea has any market potential or if it needs to be re-crafted or re-angled to make it more saleable. The proposal process becomes an author training process as you determine how to take your initial idea and:
- address readers’ needs
- target the best markets
- rise above the competition
- promote your book
- become a business person as well as a writer
Once finished, you’ll know how to create a book idea with the potential of becoming successful in the marketplace and what you need to do to help that book succeed. Armed with that knowledge, you can begin writing a marketable book.
Create a Writing Plan
If you are thinking of writing a nonfiction book, begin by going through the author training, or proposal, process before you write one word. You won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll be grateful. In addition to giving you clarity about your book’s subject, the process also offers you the chance to finalize your table of contents and to detail the contents of every chapter. Coupled with a pitch and a summary of your book and its benefits—all part of the business plan you create during the process—you create an outline perfect for guiding you through writing your book.
Thus, when you’ve completed all the steps of the training process, you’ll be ready to write a book that sells to publishers and to readers—one that succeeds.
About the Author: Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, is the author of How to Blog a Book and The Author’s Training Manual (Writer’s Digest Books, Feb. 2014). She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable products and careers as authors and inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results in life and work. Register for Nina’s Author Training 101 live or home-study course if you want to create a business plan for your successful book in just 8 weeks! For more information on Nina, visit www.ninaamir.com.