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The Literary Agent's Guide to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal will  lead you through the steps to constructing a convincing book proposal that will make the best case possible for your project.  Writing a great book proposal shouldn’t be a daunting task if you have a great idea for a book.  In the book, I lay out the issues you will have to address in the proposal: how to describe what the book is, why it is needed, why you are the best person to write about it, who is the audience, and how will you promote the book when it is published.  I also touch on some other subjects important for writers seeking book publication for the first time. How to find an agent, how to compose a query letter, the elements of the book deal, and how publishers decide to acquire a title.


The book is available in both paperback and e-book edition.

 Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts on Writing and Book Publishing collects the best of my writings from my blog.  The blog has had almost 500,000 views since I created it in 2009. It includes no-nonsense advice on getting published and finding an agent, thoughts about the process of writing and the business of book publishing, and recollections as a bookseller and owner of  Cody’s Books in Berkeley for 30 years. Ask the Agent: Night Thoughts on Writing and Book Publishing collects the best of these writings as well as new material. The writing is rich, the insights always original, and it’s side-splittingly funny. The collection includes such classics as: “How to Pitch to an Agent,” “The Slush Pile,” “Think Like an Editor,” “The First Book Ever Written,” “Ann Lamott (And Albert Camus) on Writing,” and “Eunuchs at an Orgy: Authors on Literary Critics.”

The book is available in e-book edition only.

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