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"If you're looking for a thorough explanation and examination of the nonfiction book proposal process, this is the course for you."
- Kristen Levithan
 freelance writer
"In several hours I learned all of the preliminary steps from developing a topic to writing a query letter to writing the proposal."
- Joseph Schippa
 Psychologist
"The class really makes me want to jump right into the process!"
- Anne Hinsman
 architect
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Perhaps you’re near completion of a nonfiction book. Or perhaps you’ve just hatched an idea or begun roughing out a draft. Before you proceed further, you should know…
 
Most nonfiction books are sold to publishing houses on the basis of a proposal—a 20/40-page document that pitches the book’s content and marketability and is supplemented by sample chapters. Agents and editors don’t want to see the finished book. They want to see the proposal.
 
Here you will learn everything you need to know about nonfiction book proposals and, to focus your concept, you’ll write (and refine) your book’s catalogue copy—a brief description that reveals the book’s essence. All under the guidance of an industry insider—an agent, editor, or nonfiction author.
 
Notes:
This course deals with all kinds of nonfiction books. (Memoirs, however, are sometimes sold with proposals, and sometimes sold after the complete work is written. Often it’s best to write the complete memoir, but this course can help you discern the scope and marketability of your memoir.)

After this course, you can get one-on-one help through Nonfiction Book Proposal Doctoring.
 
You might also consider How to Get Published, but Nonfiction Book Proposal is a good place to start for nonfiction writers.



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Level I
Nonfiction Book Proposal | 4-week Seminar
 
In this four-week course, a publishing insider will break down the various parts of a nonfiction book proposal and also work with students on crystallizing their book idea into something that is realistically saleable. Each student will have two opportunities to present “catalogue copy” of their book to the instructor for feedback. Students will also have ample opportunity to ask questions of the instructor.

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Tuition: $159. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 25 students, ages 18 and up.

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