Learn to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal That Sells | Jennifer Keishin Armstrong | Skillshare

Learn to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal That Sells

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong, Writer @ Entertainment Weekly, BBC Culture + more

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6 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Why Book Proposals?

      4:42
    • 2. Focusing Your Idea ... in Words

      7:58
    • 3. Marketing Yourself and Your Work

      5:44
    • 4. Selling Your Idea

      7:45
    • 5. Tackling the Heavy Writing

      5:37
    • 6. Approaching an Agent

      2:56

About This Class

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Want to sell your nonfiction book -- you know, for actual money! -- BEFORE you spend years slaving over the manuscript? Then this class is for you. If you have a great idea for a memoir, how-to, history, or other kind of based-on-truth book, here's where you can learn how to develop and shape that concept into a proposal that gets you a literary agent ... and a book deal. Writers who want to take their careers to the next level, complete with publishers and advances, can take the first step here. We'll cover how to break your idea down to its salable bites, sell your own credentials, put together a marketing plan, and write your all-important sample chapters. 

Students will write their 300-word introduction in this class and get valuable peer feedback on this most critical part of the entire proposal -- the part that gets potential agents and editors to keep reading. Get your motivation jump-started, and get going on that long-gestating book idea today.