may sound obvious, but you can't write a book without planning
it first. Yet, it's amazing how many would-be authors think
they can just sit down in front of a computer and let it
flow. The planning step involves writing a proposal, whether
you are sending it to a publisher or not. A proposal is your
thinking document. It is always a work in progress.
A proposal should do the following:
- Clarify the purpose and subject matter of the book
- Organize the main points
- Demonstrate how the book differs from others on the market
- Explain why this is the right book at the right time
- Describe the book's greatest benefit and how that benefit is delivered
- Identify the target audience
- Summarize the author's credentials
- Sell the sizzle
Planning is the most important part of writing a nonfiction book. If you don't know where to begin, Bobbi Linkemer can help you accomplish all of the above points.