O’Reilly Guidelines on Writing a Book Proposal

Source: O’Reilly website, date indeterminate

A complete (non-fiction) proposal includes several things:

  • A description of what the book is good for–its topic, audience, and purpose
  • A description of the market for the book, including a discussion of any existing books that might serve as competition (or as a model!) for the proposed book
  • An outline
  • A writing sample
  • A description of any tools you plan to use to write the book.
  • A brief description of your background and qualifications
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