These 10 chapter summaries of my nonfiction book proposal will show you how to summarize your own chapters. I also included a summary of my book’s introduction. Reading through a author’s sample chapter summaries won’t guarantee your nonfiction book proposal will be published, but it will take you a step closer.
Not all of my book proposals have been so successful, though! My most recent idea for a book (Your Heart Changes Everything) was reviewed with interest by an editor and publishing committee at Bethany.
Why was your book proposal or manuscript rejected by the editor, publisher, or literary agent? These common reasons for rejection are from a panel of book industry professionals at a recent writer’s conference. These tips will help you get published by showing you what not to do.
Good news! If your writing has been rejected multiple times by magazine editors, book publishers and literary agents, then you’re a real writer. You’re in the game! The bad news is that you may feel too discouraged, disappointed and disheartened to keep writing. You’re tempted to kick yourself out of the game.
Unless you’re famous or somehow remarkable, your sample chapters are the only chance you have to get your book published. Therefore you must submit the best example of your writing that you can — even if it requires writing, editing, revising, and even throwing out everything you wrote only to start fresh.
How do you get a literary agent who will help you get published? As a writer, you need an agent who believes in you and your book. These tips for getting the right literary agent are from Janet Reid, who runs the Query Shark blog. Learn how to write a query letter and sell your book idea, nonfiction proposal, or fiction manuscript.