Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to write a book proposal by Michael Larsen {book review}

I’ve read my share of book proposals and books about writing book proposals. A good number of them are intimidating, difficult to understand and cause a new and unpublished author of nonfiction to rethink their approach to this “book thing.” That isn’t the case with the 4th edition of How to Write a Book Proposal by literary agent Michael Larsen.

book proposal bookLarsen’s book is definitely the one you’ll want to add to your personal library and refer back to when you’re writing a book proposal. The 100,000 copies sold and its 25 years in print is probably a hint to its popularity and success, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s written as a precise and clear step-by-step roadmap to the ideal book proposal.

The book highlights information about changes in the publishing industry and includes updated trends, sample proposals and resources as well as a new chapter on online promotion. That’s just like a Writer’s Digest classic to make sure its new edition stays on top of what’s current.

I’ve been reading the book for quite some time. In fact, when I started it was in its third edition. What’s taking me so long? Firstly, as an editor I’ve offered manuscript and book proposal consultations therefore any material that has to do with that field is definitely on my “to seriously read” list. Lastly, I’ve worked on two of my own book proposals and should I decide to continue on the nonfiction route I want the process to be as effortless as possible. A writer can never obtain too much information.

Not only is this book informative, but it’s interesting as well. It definitely challenged me to pay attention to the vast amount of details that are necessary to complete a successful proposal. It’s possible and it’s necessary because 90 percent of the nonfiction books bought by trade publishers are acquired on the proposal alone.

If you’re serious about seeing your nonfiction book bought by a reputable publisher then you should get serious about your book proposal. How to Write a Book Proposal is the book for you.

Complete disclosure: The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookSneeze® to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions included are my own and were in no way influenced by anyone else. Click for my ever-so-interesting full disclosure policy.