The importance of an outline in your book proposal


If you’ve been reading my blog posts for any length of time, you’ve no doubt you’ve seen me link to our web page about submitting a book proposal. I hope you’ve looked over it, and even book marked it. It’s a page to keep handy when the urge to write hits. Today, I want to draw your attention to a page that’s just as important.

One of the key elements of a book proposal is the outline. It gives reviewers a good sense of the material you plan to cover in your book, and the level of detail you want to include. Some reviewers start by looking at the outline when reviewing your proposal. If it’s good, they’ll move on to the questionnaire. So, I’ve written an article to help you create the strongest outline possible. There’s even a template you can follow for your own book.

When you’re ready to discuss a book idea, or your proposal material, contact me. I’m here to help you become a published SAS author!



About Author

Shelley Sessoms

Community Manager

Shelley Sessoms is a community manager in the Customer Engagement Marketing division at SAS. She also curates the SAS Learning Report and SUGA Download newsletters and contributes to the SAS Users blog. During her 19 years at SAS, she has written numerous customer-facing communications, as well as helped close to 100 employees and customers become authors through the SAS Press program.

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