Do You Need A Book Proposal For Your Non-Fiction Book?
Do you need a book proposal for your non-fiction book? The logical answer is NO, but you might want to look at that again. Although you probably do not need a book proposal for getting a traditional publisher, assuming you are going to choose the more popular route of self-publishing now, there’s another excellent reason to consider working on a book proposal.
Here’s Jennifer Lawler’s explanation from her post on Michelle Rafter’s blog lately:
“A book proposal consists of these main parts:
Overview – Briefly describes what the book is about
About the author – Explains why you’re the right person to write the book
Competitive analysis – Compares your book to others like it and shows how it’s different
Platform/promotion – Describes how you’ll promote the book
Chapter outline – Drills into what each chapter of the book will cover
Sample chapter – Showcases your writing
Writers often think if they’re planning to self-publish, they don’t need to write a book proposal. As a veteran author and publishing consultant, I have to warn against this. Too frequently, authors write a book and then realize it doesn’t stand out from the competition — so no one will want to buy it. Had they done a competitive analysis as part of a book proposal, they would have discovered that deficit, and could have tweaked their idea to be more appealing to intended readers.”
This is a great idea from an experienced author who knows what it takes to get and keep yourself on track, whether or not you need to convince a traditional publisher to look at your information marketing book at any point.