Writing a Winning Book Proposal

I wrote this eBook several years ago. However, I have recently updated it. There are now two versions: one for fiction and one for non-fiction. You can purchase and download either—or both!

These eBooks are designed to help you communicate your basic book idea in a way that has the best chance of getting the most attention. It also walks you through real-world examples.

I would also suggest that you also read my article, Advice to First-Time Authors. If you met with me one-on-one, this is what I would tell you.

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  • Robertjones56

    I guess you figured out your target audience – me. LOL  Oh well.  You be blessed.

  • Dleetucker

    I purchased Michaels “Writing a Winning Book Proposal” and I’m trying to find out what the proper length of the “Brief” synopsis should be. He mentions two pages but is two and a half pages too long?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      No, that will probably be fine. I was just trying to give a rule-of-thumb. Thanks.

  • Matt Lawson

    Submitted my first book proposal last month using this ebook and just got an email back this week that they they would like to publish my book! Thanks Michael!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      That is great news. Congratulations!

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  • Brandy

    Hi Michael,

    I just bought your book on non-fiction book proposals. My manuscript is completed. Of course, I am open to changes ect.. I understand that the two sample chapters that you send must be in the best of shape.. Should I get the whole manuscript copy-edited or just the two chapters?

    Thank you!

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I would just do the two chapters. Thanks.

  • ifeoluwa Taiwo

    Hello Michael,

    I have been trying to get a refund for days now and havent heard back from your team.

    Kindly help.


    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      I’m so sorry. We are checking our spam filters now. You should be hearing from Trivinia in my office shortly. Thanks for your patience.

      • Trivinia Barber

        Ifeoluwa Taiwo,
        Hi! We’re so sorry about this. I’ll be reaching out to you shortly regarding your refund. Your message appears to have been sent to spam! We’ll get this wrapped up this morning!

    • Trivinia Barber

      You should have received an email from me by now, confirming your refund. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do! Thanks – T

  • imnotstupidispeakfrench

    Hi Michael, I just purchased the non-fiction guide and am finding that it is extremely helpful in preparing a proposal for my memoir. (Thank you!) I just have one question: As I am sure you know, there is tons of conflicting information on the web and am struggling between completing the memoir or focusing on polishing up 5 strong chapters and working on my book proposal. (I am 60k words into my second revision so I have material — but it’s not 100% complete) So what comes first? The book or the book proposal for memoir?

    • http://michaelhyatt.com/ Michael Hyatt

      A memoir is pretty much treated like fiction in this regard. You have to have to have the full manuscript. Thanks.

      • imnotstupidispeakfrench

        That’s what I figured! Thank you so much for clarifying! It means a lot. Again, enjoying all of your advice. Thank you.