At this final stage of your Nonfiction Book Proposal There is only one question remaining to be addressed…
Can you really write a lengthy manuscript?
The only way to demonstrate this is to submit a few fully edited chapters of your manuscript.
NOTE: It’s important to stress and overstress that Sample Chapters are not rough drafts. They are actual ones that you’ll be turning in as part of your complete manuscript down the line. Take your time to make them stellar, they can make or break your shot at a book deal.
How Many Chapters Should Be Included in Your Nonfiction Book Proposal?
Of course, the answer is to first check the submission guidelines provided by the agents/publishers where you are pitching your book manuscript to make sure that you comply fully with their requirements. That being said, the norm is that you need to furnish at least two chapters with your Nonfiction Book Proposal.
Which Chapters Should You Choose to Include?
Send two chapters from the heart of your book manuscript so your literary agent/publisher can get a sense of how you are going to handle a major issue or theme. Introductions and first chapters tend to repeat what is said in the proposal and, though useful, do not give them as much insight into your writing skills. Including the final chapter is also not recommended, especially if it has a conclusory tone.
Some Chapter Writing Recommendations
- Each chapter should contain 4,000 to 7,500 words
- Begin each chapter with an attention-getting anecdote. Readers love stories, and there is no better way to pull them into the content of your chapter.
- Break up the chapter using subheads. A good rule of thumb is to use at least one every two pages. Use your judgement and ask yourself if the content needs to be broken up further.
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Congratulations, you have reached the last component of your Nonfiction Book Proposal and if you follow the guidelines that Goldilocks has provided then your document should be a real professional example of what you can show about your writing, to your prospective literary agents and publishers.
Previously Goldilocks presented her Methodology/Process for composing the Nonfiction Proposal Book Components that should have been compiled up until this point. You can revisit them now…
Goldilocks welcomes any questions you may have compiling your Nonfiction Book Proposal and if you feel that you need help writing this most important document, just reach out to her…
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Goldilocks Wishes You Luck with Your Journey to Become an Author!