Your BIG Book Deal: Sell Your Book Idea to a Major Publisher

Celebrity Author Teaches How to Pitch and Sell Your Book Idea Before You Write the Book

There are five major publishers in the United States, known as “The Big Five.” I’ve written for all five of them, including several books that landed six-figure deals. Now I’m excited to teach you how to sell a nonfiction book to a major publisher.

What you’ll learn

  • Determine if an idea is good enough and big enough to sell to a major publisher.
  • Figure out whether to work alone or with a collaborator.
  • Understand how agents decide which books to represent.
  • Understand how publishers decide which books to buy.
  • Analyze your “author platform” and ways to improve it.
  • Write an amazing book proposal that is ready for the marketplace.

Course Content

  • Introduction.
  • Your Big Idea.
  • The Book Proposal.

Your BIG Book Deal: Sell Your Book Idea to a Major Publisher

Requirements

  • No prerequisites other than the desire to write a nonfiction book..
Description

There are five major publishers in the United States, known as “The Big Five.” I’ve written for all five of them, including several books that landed six-figure deals. Now I’m excited to teach you how to sell a nonfiction book to a major publisher.

Learn How to Sell Your Big Book Idea

Did you know that you don’t have to write a book before you sell it to a publisher? In fact, publishers and agents don’t even want you to write the whole thing. They want to be involved in the process, so what they want from you first is a document called a book proposal. We’ll go over all the ins and outs of vetting your idea and then writing an amazing book proposal, including…

  • How to analyze your idea to make sure it’s good enough and big enough to land with a major publisher
  • How to determine if you need a coauthor, ghostwriter, or other collaborator
  • Checking out your competition to make sure there’s a market for it and see how you can differentiate your book
  • How to write an overview that grabs attention
  • The “author platform” and how you can build and improve yours before the book deal
  • How to write an effective book outline
  • Showing publishers you’re ready to promote
  • Tips for your sample chapters

Why Take This Course?

This is a rare opportunity to take a course with an author who’s really “done it all”– I’ve had 30 books published, with three more on the way. They range from biographies and memoirs to true crime, reference, business and leadership, self-help, health, psychology, inspirational, and children’s educational.

Along the way, I’ve worked with multiple top agents and publishers, so I have a wide-ranging knowledge base about what sells and what doesn’t, and what works in a book proposal. Plus, I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes writing book proposals. With any luck, I’m going to teach you how to like the process, too. It’s pretty exciting to watch an idea take shape!

Course Details

You don’t need anything to start this course except the desire to write a nonfiction book. If you have a strong idea for one, great. If not, you may find the inspiration for it here.

This course is taught by video lecture and handouts.

 

Who this course is for:
  • This course is meant for people who have ideas for nonfiction books and want to sell them to major American publishers like Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, and Hachette. It is not meant for novelists.
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