Boot Camp: How to Get Your Nonfiction Book Published (Feb. 22-24)

Writing a book proposal can be one of the biggest challenges you face as a writer. It’s your one opportunity to impress an agent or an editor—the gatekeepers to publication. That’s why we’ve developed this 3-day boot camp designed to give you a high level of information on how to create (or rework) your nonfiction book proposal to make it more appealing to those who hold the publishing keys. You also will get personalized feedback on your efforts.


This is exactly what many of us need: A weekend crash-course that will move our writing career forward. The boot camp instructors are acquisitions editors (the people who BUY books based on proposals), so these are exactly the people you are trying to win over when selling your idea through your proposal. These editors will show 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



On Friday, February 22
You’ll gain access to a 60-minute online tutorial recorded by Brendan O’Neill (who was integral in shaping my book OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL). 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.

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.




For more on Brian, his blogs and his book, click here.

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