How to Write a Killer Book Proposal
with Sally McGraw
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01 Class Introduction: What a Book Proposal Is and ISN'T03:13
Class duration: 1h 23mSee all 11 lessons
About The Class
Learn Nonfiction Book Proposal Essentials and Increase the Odds of Getting Published
You might have an amazing book or idea to sell, but the only way you’ll be able to seal the deal is with a strong, persuasive book proposal. Much more than just an introduction to your book, a proposal gives literary agents and acquiring editors the information they need to make the tough decision to take on your work.
Writer, editor and consultant Sally McGraw will teach you the six essential elements of a solid book proposal and how you can make your case in the most creative and convincing way possible.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Persuade rather than summarize.
- Figure out your target audience.
- Create a market analysis and choose comparison titles strategically.
- Write a bio or have someone else write it for you.
- Define your author platform and explain what you’ll do to make your book a success.
- Create a chapter-by-chapter outline.
- Write a short, sweet and attention-grabbing query letter.
Class Introduction: What a Book Proposal Is and ISN'T03:13
The Proposal Overview07:32
Literary Agent Input: Kristina Moore11:20
How to Create Your Bio11:51
Author Platform: How You Will Make This Book a Success11:28
Your Chapter-By-Chapter Outline04:03
Literary Agent Input: Katherine Boyle08:00
Query Letter Basics & Submission Guidelines07:08
Why You Write a Proposal if You are Self-Publishing03:01
100% of students recommend this class.
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Sally's presentation was excellent. She is articulate, professional and informative. I learned some great tips about adding statistics (and how/where to find them.) I especially appreciated her guest speakers, two seasoned literary agents who added helpful perspective. More classes from her, please!
I am currently in the process of preparing my own book proposal. Sally's class is concise and super helpful in breaking down the elements and considerations needed to be awesome. I feel like I will be coming back to re-watch this while I prepare my proposal.
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