Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Tuesday Book Review: Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal

No, book reviews aren't going to be a regular Tuesday feature. Although they may pop up from time to time, I don't write enough of them to make them a feature.

This book review, however, has significance to me. Not only is the book about writing, but it's part of a blog tour for Nina Amir's new book, The Nonfiction Book Proposal Demystified: An Easy-Schmeasy Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Your Book.

I heard Nina speak at the Pennwriters Conference last year, and bought a copy of her How to Blog a Book (which I got signed, of course). So, when I heard that she was looking for bloggers to participate in a blog tour, I was immediately interested.

Unlike How to Blog a Book, The Nonfiction Book Proposal Demystified isn't a book you sit down and read cover-to-cover. But I don't think Nina meant for it to be. Instead, this short guide (less than 50 pages in both PDF and Kindle format) is the kind of book you download onto your device and then, when you are ready to do the work, prop up at your workspace and follow page by page as you write each section.

Okay, so it definitely helps to read it over once to familiarize yourself with both the content and the layout, but there's a lot of information here, so it's helpful to break even that reading down into stages.

Having written nonfiction book proposals, I can attest to the usefulness of writing one with support and guidelines at the ready, and Nina's book provides both. Though I might have organized the content differently, the heart of the book is the concrete how-to portion, which is clear and concise, yet still offers enough details to help readers understand what each piece of the proposal should contain.

In addition to the proposal how-to, Nina also offers information about other relevant topics, like query letters and discerning the marketability of an idea; "The idea must be unique and necessary and have a big enough target market." (PDF, page 26)

And if you follow her steps to writing a proposal (including the market research), you'll know whether or not your book meets those criteria.

Disclosure: Yes, I did receive a (free) copy of this book. 
But I'm from Jersey. I won't be mean, but I will be honest.

The good news is, you can get a copy, too. 
As part of the blog tour, Nina is doing a Rafflecopter giveaway. 
(See below for details). 

For more information on Nina or her books, click on any of the links above.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for your review! I really appreciate it.

  2. My pleasure! Will post on Amazon tomorrow. I wanted it to run here first. Good luck with your book!