Book Proposals

A proposal is a first, crucial step in selling a nonfiction book to publishing houses. Instead of writing an entire manuscript, the author (or ghostwriter/collaborator) writes a proposal that outlines in detail the book’s premise, scope, and market. The proposal must also establish the author’s expertise, visibility, publicity and marketing plans, and writing style. Proposals usually include a table of contents, a chapter-by-chapter outline, and one or two sample chapters to prove that the author (or ghostwriter/collaborator) can write.

 

  • Margot Dougherty

    A longtime journalist, Margot Dougherty writes and edits projects about food, entertainment, spirituality, fashion, gardening, and design. She also collaborates on memoirs, as ghostwriter and/or coach, and offers line editing and overall feedback services for proposals and books.

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  • Monica Faulkner

    Editorial, project management, online marketing, and speaker support services for fiction and nonfiction authors; proposals; screenplays; business marketing materials (written and online).

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  • Nomi Isak

    Writer, coach, and developmental editor, Nomi specializes in collaboration and ghostwriting, as well as guiding authors through the process of writing their own books. Services include manuscript critiques for both fiction and nonfiction, and proposal and web content development.

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  • Deborah A. Lott, MFA

    Writing, editing: psychology, psychiatry, public health, social science, medicine, particularly gastroenterology, internal medicine, and cardiology, memoir, autobiography and nonfiction narratives; research.

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  • Laura Golden Bellotti

    Editor and writer of nonfiction books and book proposals in the areas of psychology, spirituality, relationships, women’s issues, parenting, health, and creativity.

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  • Kristin Loberg

    Specializing in transforming experts’ knowledge and ideas into reader-friendly works for general audiences, Kristin has helped dozens of books go from concept to creation and find success in the market. Multiple books on which she’s collaborated have spent weeks on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

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  • Lynette Padwa

    Author/ghostwriter for book proposals, manuscripts, articles and blogs, web and marketing content. Specializing in business, memoir, parenting, popular reference, self-help, psychology, communication.

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  • Amy Friedman

    Amy Friedman has written, ghostwritten, and edited dozens of memoirs and creative nonfiction works. She has published thousands of essays and stories and writes the internationally syndicated newspaper feature Tell Me a Story.

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  • Barbara DeSantis

    Editor, writer, coach. Literary and commercial fiction, including young adult. Memoir and narrative nonfiction, self-help, spirituality. Developmental and line editing, ghostwriting. Manuscript critiques, book proposals, marketing materials. More than 25 years book-publishing experience.

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