Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

By Lydia Yadi

To get a non-fiction book published, you don't need to have written the whole book. Non-fiction is a unique genre in that way. Instead, what publishers and agents are looking for is a killer book proposal. Book proposals give publishers a clear sense of what a book is about, what it will address, and why you are the best person to write that book.

What a book proposal is and how it can help you get a book deal

What to include in your proposal

How to identify the target audience for your book

How to identify the USP for your book

How to write a clear positioning statement

How to write a compelling book summary and blurb

How to write detailed chapter summaries

Why it’s important to research competing books and how to show your book will differ

What information to include in your author biography

How to start thinking about publicity and marketing

Specifications like word count, format and illustrations

Tips on featuring sample writing

Have the option to send your proposal to Lydia (at no cost and with no guarantee of a response)

How it works

  • This course will guide you through the process of writing a book proposal – it will explain why a proposal is important to a publisher, identify what you should include in a proposal, and teach you how to write each section so that it grips a publisher’s attention.
  • The course is broken down into eight short lessons with everything you need to complete this course, including a handy proposal template in your Novlr account as soon as you sign up. The course is fully integrated, so you’ll do the entire course in Novlr. All content is available in the course player, which makes it easy to navigate between lessons, and the course page gives you all the info and space you need to focus on your learning.
  • Through this course, Lydia will teach you everything you need to know about writing a great book proposal so that you have the best chance of securing a publishing deal.

Meet your teacher

Lydia Yadi is a Senior Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House and a Novlr evangelist. She commissions narrative non-fiction in memoir and investigative journalism, and also practical how-to books that help people live better. She works with award-winning journalists, world-class academics and leading experts in their field to inform and inspire readers. She has published several Sunday Times bestsellers.

This course is jam packed