The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

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The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal (Great Books for Writers)

By: Stephen Blake Mettee

Published by: Linden Publishing
Released On: May 1, 2012

ISBN: 1610350502
Pages: 140 pages
Non-fiction, Writing Business
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Format of Review Copy: Paperback
Source: ARC

Recommendable for people who enjoy: Self help, How To, Writing Business books.

Synopsis (from Amazon):
A step-by-step guide through the process of proposing a book to a publisher, this straightforward and accessible work helps aspiring authors get their nonfiction work published quickly. Packed with specific examples of proposals, query letters, publishing contracts, and more, this reference addresses the many questions authors have in this digital age. Written by a seasoned editor and used in publishing classes at numerous universities, the book is a proven tool for nonfiction book authors. A glossary of key terms, a list of selected books for further reading, and a book proposal checklist are also included. 

My Thoughts:

I talk about this book at the 0:33 mark. =)

I always have a hard time blogging/reviewing non-fiction books. Its not like you can critique the story, or the characters. LOL… So this is just going to be quick.

As you can see from my reading updates on goodreads, I was taking notes before I was even half way through this book. Content wise, this book was superb. It is a small book, but that is ok because what is included, is useful. There didn’t seem to be any “filler” chapters. You know how in some books, it is almost like they just include some stuff to reach a certain page count? That is not in this book. I found the information very useful.

I am someone who has only ever read Writing Business books with regards to FICTION, I was shocked to see the differences between how you approach fiction vs. non-fiction. The entire process is different actually. The fact that there are example contracts and proposals inside WITH a breakdown of the information (so it is kind of idiot proof) makes the the book well worth the cost.

I can honestly say that I learned a great deal from this tiny book. Even though I do not plan on writing a non-fiction book, I think it is good information to have on my “back burner”.

In Conclusion:

I think this book was a MUST READ for anyone thinking about writing a non-fiction book. It is full of no nonsense tips and explanations that will help the reader gain an understanding of the “business side” of writing.

About the Author:

Stephen Blake Mettee, founder of Quill Driver Books and The Write Thought ( is the author of The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal–now in its second edition and the editor of The Portable Writers’ Conference: Your Guide to Getting and Staying Published and The American Directory of Writer’s Guidelines. All are Writers Digest Book Club selections. The Fast-Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal has been adopted for use in a number of university publishing courses. Read his full bio on Amazon.


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