Every nonfiction book proposal will have a Cover/Title Page as the beginning of your submission. Any time you interact with your literary agent or publisher moving forward, you need to provide this Cover Page as well.
Here are the elements that Goldilocks includes when composing this Cover/Title Page.
Simply tap/click on the link and be taken further down the page where you will find more detailed information about each element. Finally, at the bottom of the page you will find a sample Cover/Title Page as well.
Elements of a Nonfiction Book Proposal Cover/Title Page
- The “Working Title”
- Considerations When Developing a Tentative Working Title for Your Nonfiction Book Manuscript
- Author Contact/Platform Information
- Sample Nonfiction Book Proposal Cover/Title Page
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The “Working Title”
Once you’ve developed a manuscript title, it is a tentative “working title.” You may decide to revise it later. However, it is more likely that your literary agent or publisher may have some input on this issue. Remember that a book is not a book until it is published and up until that point, it is known as a manuscript or work.
In any event, the book title should closely represent the topic of your manuscript and to clearly and quickly communicate its basic idea.
If your manuscript has a subtitle, place it directly under the working title on this Cover Page. Be aware that most electronic catalogs don’t include the subtitles in their listings, so the working title has to do the heavy lifting, not the reverse.
Considerations When Developing a Tentative Working Title for Your Nonfiction Book Manuscript
The working title should clearly encapsulate the book’s premise. It might state the promise to your readers if they read the book or show what the consequences might be if they don’t.
Example, let’s consider the following…
After a little work, you come up with the following working title…
Helping Your Children Become Financially Responsible
After a little more thought, you add the following subtitle…
What Parents Should Know and How They Should Communicate this Concept to Their Children
This title clearly identifies the book’s premise and communicates the promise to your readers.
Keep in mind that if literary agents or publishers looking at your Cover/Title Page aren’t really “hooked” by the manuscript title/subtitle that you have chosen, then there is a good chance that they won’t look at the rest of your book proposal. So make it strong and catchy, one that provokes interest and makes them want to read more.
Author Contact/Platform Information
Below the working title and subtitle, you should present the following data about you as the author…
- Full Name
- Mailing Address
- Telephone numbers (home, office, fax, cell, etc.)
- E-Mail address (it is recommended that you use an E-mail address which has your full name and not one with a host of numbers and characters)
Gmail is okay but Yahoo and Hotmail E-Mail addresses should be avoided
- Website address if applicable
- Your blog, portfolio, LinkedIn, Face Book and YouTube URLs if you have any or all of these
Sample Nonfiction Book Proposal Cover/Title Page
NOTE: the copy should be centered and start 1/3 down the page and should be double spaced and pay special attention to the use of capitalization
A Book Proposal for
HELPING YOUR CHILDREN BECOME FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE:
What Parents Should Know and How they Should Communicate this Concept to their Children
Linda Odubayo Thompson
3 Steven Drive #6
Ossining, NY 10562
Home: (xxx) xxx-xxxx
July 1, xxx
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Goldilocks has created her Methodology/Process for the next component in the Nonfiction Book Proposal process and you can go there now…
Goldilocks welcomes any questions you might have when compiling your Nonfiction Book Proposal. If you need help while writing this important document, just reach out to her…
E-Mail her: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick up the phone: 914-944-1474
Goldilocks Wishes You Luck with Your Journey to Become an Author!