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04-10-2005, 06:07 AM
Anyone know anywhere I can read some sample non-fiction book proposals? An agent read my proposal and said it wasn't good enough and that she'd look at it again if I re-wrote it. I followed proposal format and had read a few sample proposals before I wrote it (Such as Jenna's). But I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing wrong. I'll try to make my writing in the proposal more dynamic (at present I don't feel like I can cut a lot out as it's all factual, but maybe I could present my facts more dynamically). So, I thought I could get more of an idea of what to do by reading some more proposals. But I'm having trouble finding any.

Thanks for any help.

04-10-2005, 09:49 PM
Here's a few links that may be of some help. The first one is a pdf file, so hope you have adobe. I know you said you already read over Jenna's, but I threw the link in there anyway.

For the pdf...If you don't have adobe, you might want to download it real quick because it seemed to be a good one to read through.

Hope they help. Good luck!





04-11-2005, 12:39 AM
Thank you very much! The agent who asked for the re-write sent me a sample proposal today that she's sold, so I have a lot to look through. And then I get to delve into re-writing, yippee. Thanks again!

04-11-2005, 07:46 AM
Also, the top three books about how to write nonfiction book proposals have samples (Actual ones really) in them too. I forget the exact titles of the books but they're by Jeff Herman, Elizabeth Lyon and Michael Larsen. The Adler Robins lit agency also has a website with sample proposals on it. www.adlerbooks.com (http://www.adlerbooks.com)

There's a few good things on that site. Larsen and Lyon both have their own sites too with helpful info. I'm not sure about Herman.

Good luck.

04-11-2005, 08:16 AM
Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write
Elizabeth Lyon

How to Write a Book Proposal
Michael Larson

Write the Perfect Book Proposal: 10 That Sold and Why
Jeff Herman

Hope this helps,

04-11-2005, 04:18 PM
For the exact names of the books.;)

04-11-2005, 11:27 PM
actual books? Oh man. =)

But thanks everyone for their help! I've put together enough stuff to read to hopefully get a good idea of what I should be doing better. I already have a lot of ideas about how to revise my proposal.