How To Sell Your Children's Nonfiction with a Brilliant Book Proposal

The Insider Guide to Getting a Contract BEFORE You Write the Book

"Thank you so much, Patricia! Simply blown away, and have even more ideas jostling in my head!"

- Vinita Z.

"Truly outstanding information that will help me with my non fiction topic and the steps to create a quality and enticing proposal. Many thanks!"

- Laurie G.

"Incredibly informative. I feel much more confident now about putting a proposal together, thank you!"

- Estelle P.

Want to write children's nonfiction?

Then you MUST know how to write a book proposal that makes editors say "WOW!" Here's how...

Many writers believe you have to write an entire nonfiction book before sending it to a publisher.

They're wrong. If you're writing anything longer than a picture book for very young readers, you craft the book proposal first.

If you get a "thumbs-up" from a publisher, only then do you write your book. In this workshop, you're going to learn how to get one "thumbs up" after another.

Even for the best writers, the nonfiction book proposal is a notoriously tricky proposition.

That's because, in only a few pages, you have to distill the essence of your book idea, demonstrate that you have adequate knowledge to complete the task and stand out from the scores of other proposals sitting on the editor's desk.

If you talk to nonfiction writers, they'll tell you that crafting the perfect book proposal is often harder and more nerve-wracking than writing the actual book.

But not for this writer:

Meet Patricia Newman, the Sibert Medal honoree widely considered to be among the finest children's nonfiction authors working today.

In this exclusive workshop, you'll have a rare opportunity to learn the art of the nonfiction book proposal directly from Patricia.

How To Sell Your Children's Nonfiction with a Brilliant Book Proposal is hands-on workshop in which Patricia will take you step-by-step through her nonfiction book proposal creation process - and show you how to start building your book from the proposal!

She even shares the full proposal she used to sell her Sibert Honor book Sea Otter Heroes.

Sea Otter Heroes, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Honor, an ALA
Notable Book, and a Green Earth Book Award winner.

You will get the actual proposal Patricia used to sell this book!

Join acclaimed children's nonfiction author Patricia Newman for a 90 minute+ workshop that will guide you through the process of crafting one great nonfiction book proposal after another.

In this comprehensive class you'll learn:

  • What a nonfiction book proposal really is. (Hint: it's much more than an outline).
  • What makes a great "hook" — and how to create your own.
  • The optimal structure for a successful nonfiction book proposal.
  • How to demonstrate why you're the right person to write this book.
  • How to understand which of the 5 kinds of nonfiction (active, browseable, traditional, expository, narrative) is right for your book project.
  • How to approach important aspects such as back matter, glossaries, timelines and more — and do it in creative ways editors will love.
  • How to create and present a sample chapter that demonstrates your voice and puts your proposal in the best possible light.
  • How to choose the correct writing style for your book (expository or narrative) .
  • The vital choices you must make around text structure (sequence, description, compare/contrast, problem/solution, cause/effect, list, Q&A)
  • How to organize your research.
  • Why presenting competitive and comparative titles is so vital - and how to do it the right way.

...and much more.

That's a lot of powerful information in one workshop, and you can count on Patricia to make it all easy to follow and easy to put directly into action.

You'll also get a detailed, comprehensive PDF handout to accompany the session that you can refer to while on your journey. It includes a resource list, links to mentor texts and the full 13 page proposal Patricia used to get a contract for her Sibert Medal honored book Sea Otter Heroes !

"Here's my proposal, Patricia: You should write a book about this! :) Wonderful, wonderful presentation."

- Roberta R.

Your Instructor

Patricia Newman
Patricia Newman

Patricia Newman is an award-winning author of nonfiction books that inspire young readers seek connections to the real world. Her books have been welcomed in classrooms and libraries around the country.

Considered one of the best nonfiction authors writing for students in today's market, her new release A River's Gifts (Sept 2022) is eagerly awaited.

Among her distinguished titles are Planet Ocean (The Best Children's Books of 2021-Holiday Gift Edition, The Bank Street Center for Children's Literature); Sea Otter Heroes (Robert F. Sibert Honor, ALA Notable, Green Earth Book Award. winner);' Eavesdropping on Elephants (Outstanding Science Trade Book, Bank Street Center for Children's Literature Best Children's Books of the Year); Zoo Scientists to the Rescue (Eureka! Gold Award, Bank Street Center for Children's Literature Best Children's Books of the Year); Plastic, Ahoy! (Green Earth Book Award, AAAS/Subaru Science Books and Film Prize, finalist); Neema's Reason to Smile (Parents' Choice Recommended)

"This was so informative and comprehensive. Thank you so much"

- Christine H.

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