Are you wondering how to write a nonfiction book proposal with sample chapter summaries? You’re in luck, fellow scribe! These chapter summaries in my nonfiction book proposal will give you ideas on how to summarize your own chapters. I also included a summary of my book’s introduction.
getting your book published
Not all of my book proposals have been successful! My most recent idea for a book (Your Heart Changes Everything: 50 Ways to Experience Jesus in Daily Life) was reviewed with interest by the editor and publishing committee at Bethany. They never formally rejected it…but it’s been over a year and I haven’t heard anything. Nor has my agent contacted me. So, unless their emails fell between the cracks of the universe, I assume they decided not to publish this book.
Why do book proposals and unpublished manuscripts get rejected by editors, publishers, and literary agent? These common reasons for rejection are from a panel of book industry professionals at a 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.
When I met with my nonfiction publisher and book marketing team, we discussed these nine ways to promote my first Christian self-help book for women. My marketing plan will help you launch and promote your own nonfiction book.
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.