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If you’re serious about writing and publishing that nonfiction book, you’ll need help. Let author and writing teacher Patricia J. Parsons guide you through developing your nonfiction book proposal―that sells.

There are many reasons why you might consider writing a nonfiction book. You may be an expert and want to share your insights in a specific area of expertise. You may be an entrepreneur who would like to showcase your knowledge and skills to potential clients. You may have a passion for a subject area and want to share your research and insights with the broader world. You might have an interesting personal story and want to write a memoir to enrich others’ lives. Whatever the reason you may have for considering writing a book, your first step is to plan and write a book proposal.

Agents and publishers demand nonfiction proposals, and if you plan to self-publish, your submission (for yourself) provides you with direction for writing, publishing and eventual marketing.

This workbook is designed to help you understand what you need, why you need it, and how to create a complete draft of your nonfiction book proposal. 

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PERMISSION TO WRITE: How to Write a Book & Other Myths From the Real World of Writing & Publishing

Only you can give yourself permission to write (and publish) a book. But a dose of tough love from someone who’s been there might smooth your way.

Part memoir, part mentor, PERMISSION TO WRITE: How to Write a Book and Other Myths from the Real World of Writing and Publishing is a cautionary tale for writers toiling away, all alone at their computers, wishing and hoping that they might just be the next bestselling author.

Unknown writers have always been writing―they just haven’t always been able to see their words in print. The awful truth is that the digital age has made it much easier to publish a book―yet much more difficult in many ways. It is truly disheartening for both writers and readers to think that publishing a book is so easy―but ensuring its quality is seriously problematic.

PERMISSION TO WRITE helps you to give yourself that permission―if and only if you manage to improve your writing, take a more realistic approach to the fact that you probably don’t write as well as you think you do, and above all, disabuse yourself of the notion that just because you can publish your books, you should.

This book chronicles author Patricia J. Parsons’s journey through three decades of slogs with traditional publishers (including Doubleday Canada, the now-defunct NC Press, the University of Toronto Press, Kogan Page, London), as well as her romps through the increasingly convoluted corridors of the Wild, Wild West of the burgeoning digital-self-publishing world. 

The purpose of this book is to entertain anyone who ever said, “I’d like to write a book,” which is possibly a majority of the population while delivering a bit of tough-love advice along the way. 

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The most personal of all my work to date is this memoir I wrote based on my experience as a parent to an elite ballet dancer. I kept a meticulous journal throughout the years my son spent at Canada’s National Ballet School. When I got tired of answering everyone’s questions about “What’s that like?” and my personal favourite, “How could you let your eleven-year-old son go away to school?” I decided to write a book to answer those questions. BTW the answer the the latter question? Because I love my son.