Non-Fiction Book Proposals

Here are the proposals that sold our four non-fiction books, plus two short essays I hope you’ll find handy: what a book proposal should contain, and how to get an agent. Notice that titles often change between the proposal and the finished book. Doesn’t matter.

Proposal for Smoke & Mirrors: The War on Drugs and the Politics of Failure

Proposal for Citizen Coors: An American Dynasty

Proposal for Nine Lives: Death and Life in New Orleans

Proposal for Gun Guys: A Road Trip

Instructionals: 

These are hardly the be-all and end-all. But the techniques described in these essays worked for me:

What a Book Proposal Should Contain

Getting an agent