Friday, November 13, 2009

Side Trip: How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal – Part 10

Why this book now?

Like the last post, this is another question not all the books and material on writing book proposals will include, but it’s a good one to include to make your proposal stand out.

Of all the seasons or years in the world, why should publshers be interested in publishing this book now?
  • Is there something going on that makes your book particularly timely right now?
  • Have you experienced something recently and are others experiencing the same thing that they need your book now?
  • Are politics or society in a place that makes your book particularly needed now?

Don’t forget that your book won’t be out for 18 to 24 months after you sign a contract with a publisher. Will your topic still be needed, hot, and relevant in two years?

One example is the current interest in the Mayan calendar saying the world will end in 2012. There are already books and movies coming out on the topic, but those books were written a few years ago and were published months ago.

Tell me (um, er, actually your potential agent or editor, in your proposal), why is now a great time to publish this book?

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