Write a Winning Nonfiction Proposal

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Learn the secret that all published authors know about selling a book to a publisher or an agent! With the competition getting harder in traditional publishing, a non-fiction proposal will absolutely make you stand out to an agent or a publisher. This ebook will walk you through the steps it takes to craft a proposal that’ll move you away from the slush pile.

Write a Winning Non-Fiction Proposal gives actual proposal examples that sold to publishing houses. It demystifies the process and gives you the much needed insider knowledge and expertise to make the best first impression with the publishing industry.

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Want to Learn the Secret that All Published Authors Know About Selling a Book to a Publisher or an Agent?

It’s called a masterly crafted book proposal. It’s not rocket science, but it is a skill you’ll need to learn to go to the next level in your publishing career. Where can you learn such a skill? The Nonfiction Proposal Tutorial (ebook) is a well-researched, practical tool—a book proposal tutorial—that will teach you, step-by-step, how to create the kind of proposal that gets noticed.

Using my own proposal-writing method, I’ve sold more than a dozen books to major publishing houses. And through this tutorial I have helped many new authors get published. Today I’m so busy writing and speaking that I’ve decided to step down from mentoring writers, so this product is my way of continuing to mentor.

I’m thrilled to present this nonfiction proposal tutorial! Why? Because it will empower you to write the kind of proposal that grabs an agent or editor by the throat and won’t let go.

Here’s what you get in the ebook tutorial:

  1. How to write a query letter, complete with proper format and examples.
  2. Step by step teaching through each section of your proposal (Market Analysis, Comparative Analysis, Marketing, Alternate Titles, Etc.)
  3. Real-life proposal examples.
  4. Over 100 pages of instruction.
  5. If you’d like to try your hand at writing your own proposal, download the fill-in template here.

But don’t just take my word for it. Hear what industry professionals have to say:

Beth Jusino

Beth Jusino, former Literary Agent

“As a literary agent, I saw a lot of proposals. Mary’s are top-notch—comprehensive, thoughtful, well written, and professional. I’m proud to send them to the best publishers in the business.”


Andy Meisenheimer

Andy Meisenheimer, Freelance Editor

Mary’s proposals include the straightforward facts that publishers need with a personable style that publishers want. Great research, great voice, great proposal. Mary does an excellent job selling herself without seeming to sell herself.”


Ron Lee

Ron Lee, senior editor, WaterBrook Multnomah

“Mary’s book proposals reflect her intelligence, wit, and charm, as well as her high level of craftsmanship as a writer. And just as important, her concepts are fresh. She has no interest in covering the same ground that has been plowed already by other authors. That’s important to a book editor who is glassy-eyed from reading stacks of proposals.”

Read what other writers have to say:


Tracey Bianchi

Tracey Bianchi — author, Green Mama: The Guilt Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet (Zondervan 2010).

Mary’s focused, easy to follow proposal tutorial took my project from idea to paperback almost overnight. After reviewing my first try at the proposal my agent said it was one of the best proposals she’d seen. Two months later I had a contract for my first book. I am so thankful for Mary’s proposal tutorial. It is straightforward, professional, and Mary knows exactly how to help an author bring her/his voice to this document. Thanks Mary for making my first book, Green Mama, a reality!


Jo Ann Fore

Jo Ann Fore, author When a Woman Finds Her Voice

“Through her tutorial, Mary navigated me through the twists and turns of the book proposal process like a highly-skilled white water rafting guide running the Colorado river. She helped me not only master the concept and principles, but most importantly, she taught me how to write an effective, persuasive, and well-researched proposal that caught the eyes of top agents and major publishing houses.”


Cheryl Pacilio

Cheryl Pacilio

 “I attended my first writer’s conference as an utter novice but felt fully prepared with a complete proposal thanks to Mary DeMuth’s tutorial. Got kudos from a publisher, especially for the market and platform data, and was asked to submit the next three chapters for further consideration. Mary made me look good!”


Shelly Cantrell

Shelly Cantrell

“Mary’s tutorial is an invaluable tool for any writer who wants to present a professional proposal. The information is straightforward and comprehensive. Her attention to even the seemingly smallest details makes me feel like she leaves no stone unturned . . . sharing her best secrets as a seasoned writer. Before I found Mary, I lived in fear of my very first publisher meeting. Now, I am writing in confidence and feeling equipped for the task!”


Amy L. Sullivan

Amy Sullivan

“Although I’ve looked at other books on writing proposals, after reading them I still found myself staring at a bunch of papers unsure of how everything fit together. I loved Mary’s guide because it was simple, gave clear directions, and contained great examples. It also gave me confidence. No longer did I feel as if I was doing it all ‘wrong.'”


Amy K. Sorrells

Amy K. Sorrells, author, How Sweet the Sound

“When I purchased this tutorial, I’d already tried several proposal formats and styles, and I felt like I was floundering in the publishing process. Mary’s proposal helped me re-focus, re-charge and renew my passion for my WIP, by providing precise tools for focusing on the manuscript’s strengths, as well as practical suggestions for honing platform and making sure what I’m submitting is the best writing possible. By the time I was done, I not only knew my manuscript better–I knew myself better as well. I recommend these proposal tutorials to anyone and everyone who will listen!'”


Shannon Primicerio

Shannon Primicierio, author and speaker

“After publishing 10 books I found myself in a rut. All of my new book proposals seemed stale and canned. Mary DeMuth’s proposal tutorial is just what I needed. She provided clear and simple instruction that allowed me to add the right amount of pizzazz to my proposals. Now I’m able to make editors say, ‘Wow!’ too.”


 Rachel Alkire

Rachel Alkire, author of Glimpsing God

“Mary’s tutorial guided me through writing my proposal with the knowledge that only comes from experience, the expertise of a skilled teacher and with the gentleness of a big sister.It is honest and challenging as only Mary can be. And it guided me write into the hands of my publisher!”


Michele Cushatt

“As a new and inexperienced writer, Mary DeMuth’s non-fiction proposal tutorial gave me vital insider information into the proposal writing process. Now, over two years later, I still refer to it as I craft new proposals and refine old ones. An invaluable tool!”


Sarah Francis Martin

Sarah Francis Martin

I successfully landed a literary agent! This non-fiction tutorial was instrumental in the process thus far. It is comprehensive and allows the author to creatively showcase their book concept. The book proposal that I ended up with after following Mary’s guidance will surely stand out in a slush pile. Worth every single penny!”



So, if you’re a self-starter who wants to tackle this book publishing thing with a terrific tool in your back pocket, simply purchase the nonfiction proposal tutorial (for nonfiction … I suppose that’s obvious) or the Write a Winning Fiction Proposal (if you’ve written a novel.)

Here’s the skinny: You either need to know how to sell your book or you don’t.  If you need to know, my e-book will save you dozens of hours of time trying to figure out what every author already knows.  For the cost of a pair of movie tickets and a box of bad popcorn, I can teach you how to write a professional proposal.  That knowledge will last you a lot longer than the popcorn will.

Have you been languishing in the frustrating land of nonfiction proposals? Don’t know where to go next? This 100+ page ebook tutorial will walk you through two proposals and empower you to write one that sells.

You’ll learn how to identify the needs of your reader, define an audience, compare your book to other books on the market, create a stellar marketing platform, tie in your specific strengths to your book, and much, much more.

If you’d like to have a template to download to complete the proposal process, click here.



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