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Your Nonfiction Book Proposal

A New Yorker cartoon published in 1999 by Mick Stevens shows Adam and Eve sitting together under a tree in Eden. Adam says to Eve, “I can’t help thinking that there’s a book in this.”

Adam had a great idea. Do you? If you’re uncertain, this article will help you decide if the time is ripe to write your proposal. It will also reveal the likelihood of finding a publisher. If you’re absolutely certain that your concept is compelling and salable, skip this article. If not, read on.

Someone once said, “Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.” Here are

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