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Provoking Thought: How Do I Choose Comps For My Nonfiction Book Proposal?

By Dr. Ogi Ogas

How do I choose comps for my nonfiction book proposal?

Choosing good “comps” – or comparable books – for your query letter or proposal is one of those essential tasks where doing a great job probably won’t influence an agent or publisher too much, but doing a bad job can send things skidding.

You should mention 2-3 comps very early in a query letter to an agent. In a nonfiction book proposal you’ll devote an entire page to comps, though you should still limit yourself to 3-5 comps. There are three related goals for comp selection:

December 9, 2013 | Ogi Ogas

Provoking Thought: How Do I Choose a Title For My Nonfiction Book?

The second in a monthly column, Provoking Thought: A Blog About Writing Commercial Nonfiction

By Dr. Ogi Ogas

How do I choose a title for my nonfiction book?

Of all the components of your book proposal that you have control over, the single most influential one is your book’s title and subtitle. Your title is the first thing an agent or editor—or, eventually, a reader—will encounter

October 14, 2013 | Ogi Ogas

Provoking Thought: Do I need a sample chapter with my nonfiction book proposal?

The first in a new monthly column, Provoking Thought: A Blog About Writing Commercial Nonfiction

By Dr. Ogi Ogas

One of the most common questions that first time writers have about the contents of their book proposal is: do I need a sample chapter? And if so, how many?

As with every aspect of the proposal, the answer depends entirely on your specific project

September 9, 2013 | Ogi Ogas