Nothing gives you a better chance at getting your nonfiction book published than a well-crafted book proposal. Done well, a good book proposal can convince editors, publicists, and sales people that your book is one they should take a chance on. But the competition is fierce. Some editors receive dozens, if not hundreds of proposals every month. How do you make yours stand out? How do you make sure that your proposal gives editors exactly what they want to see?
In this new February 22-24, 2013 boot camp, the acquisition team from Adams Media, Inc., publisher of such national bestsellers as Why Men Love Bitches, Please Stop Laughing at Me, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Dude You’re Gonna Be a Dad, The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need, and dozens of others, will teach you exactly what they – and other editors – are looking for when it comes to acquiring projects that are most likely to find an audience, perform well, and make money. All attendees will be able to turn in some nonfiction book proposal materials and get a critique from their editor instructors.
If you want to get your nonfiction published, this is the place to start. The editors will teach you how to:
Format a proposal
- Highlight the most important information that acquisition editors are looking for
- Present your work – and yourself – in the best possible light
- Assure editors that you and your book have what it takes to sell
Whether you’re writing humor, general reference, biography, business, relationships, health or any other nonfiction topics, this boot camp will help you craft the kind of winning proposal that editors are looking for.
Brendan O’Neill, lead acquisitions editor for Adams Media, will show you exactly what to do and how to do it. Then he and the rest of the Adams Media acquisitions team will critique YOUR proposal details and provide feedback on exactly how they can be improved. Sign up for the boot camp here.
Here’s how it works:
On Friday, February 22, you’ll gain access to a 60-minute online tutorial recorded by Brendan that you can listen to at any time. He’ll show you step-by-step how to create an effective proposal that presents the subject of your book well, defines the book’s audience, details your “platform,” and illustrates your knowledge of the marketplace.
Upon accessing the tutorial, you’ll receive a free book proposal template. You’ll use this template to flesh out the key elements of your book, including the following:
- A summary of the topic and your treatment of it
- Your USP – unique selling proposition
- Your platform details
- Your author credentials
- Comparable title information
- A proposed TOC
From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST on Saturday, February 23rd, you’ll gain access to an exclusive message board through which you can correspond with your assigned editor and fellow boot camp attendees. You’ll be able to ask questions about the proposal you’re writing, or ask for additional information about what to include. Brendan and the other editors will provide insights into the process and/or details about what editors want. You’ll submit your finished proposal template directly to your assigned editor by 10:00 AM EST, Sunday morning. Sign up for the boot camp here.
Each submission will be reviewed by its assigned editor, who will then send personalized feedback on your efforts by 8:00 PM EST, Thursday, February 28th. The critique will detail which of the most important elements of your proposal could be improved, along with revision recommendations. You’ll be able to take that information and use it to create a full, completely compelling proposal that publishers will fight over.
You’ll also receive a 2nd downloadable tutorial entitled The 6 Key Components of an Online Author Platform – a $79 value!
*Attendees should have at least a working outline of a nonfiction book, with the beginnings of a proposal and a sample chapter.
About the editors:
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a bachelor’s degree in English, Meredith O’Hayre has worked in the publishing industry for nine years. Now a Managing Editor, O’Hayre’s work has spanned book acquisition, product development, copy writing, project management, and manuscript development in both the non-fiction and fiction trade industry.
Halli Melnitsky joined Adams Media in April 2012. She acquires dynamic nonfiction across several genres, including parenting, craft, humor, pop-culture, self-help, cookbooks, and reference. Before joining Adams Media, Melnitsky worked with authors on developing manuscripts and proposals as a Junior Agent at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth and an Assistant Editor at Amy Einhorn Books with G.P. Putnam and Sons. In these capacities she’s assisted with authors such as Kathryn Stockett and Eleanor Brown. She worked on several titles, including Neil Pasricha’s internationally best-selling Book of Awesome series and Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge. She began her publishing career in corporate communications at Time Inc. and with an internship with the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. Sign up for the boot camp here.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a bachelor’s degree in English, Ross Weisman is an Associate Product Editor with several years experience in the publishing industry. His duties span book acquisition, author management, copy writing, and manuscript development within multiple nonfiction categories.
Brendan O’Neill is now the acquisitions lead for Adams Media and over the course of his publishing career has acquired a wide range of projects—from parenting and humor titles to cookbooks and memoirs. He’s worked extensively with authors to refine their concepts, execute on their ideas, and promote their books.