Writing an Irresistible Nonfiction Book Proposal

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Nonfiction is a massive, murky category in the publishing world. How do memoirs fit in? Or lifestyle and cookbooks? On top of navigating those waters, it can also be hard to know what's needed to write an irresistible nonfiction book proposal.

What information do you need, and where do you start?

Literary agent Dani Segelbaum takes the helm on those answers. This talented agent will cover the golden rules of writing the perfect book proposal and help you unpack what's needed to write something enticing and salable. The goal? Well, you want to get paid for your efforts.

By the end of this presentation, you'll have the tools to craft a finished proposal, plus tips on getting the best possible agent and deal for your book.

This event will cover:

  • Breaking down the parts of a proposal
  • Why should a publisher invest in your book?
  • Why are you the person to write this book?
  • Tips to make your proposal shine
  • A quick word on memoirs
  • Q&A

[Recorded June 29, 2022]



Dani Segelbaum joined the Carol Mann Agency in 2021 as a literary agent and subrights manager. She is interested in both fiction and non-fiction. Dani is seeking non-fiction titles with an emphasis on politics, women’s issues, popular culture, and current events. Dani also loves memoir, narrative non-fiction, lifestyle, and cookbooks. In fiction, she is looking for literary and upmarket adult fiction including debut, historical, rom-coms, mysteries, and women’s fiction. In both fiction and non-fiction, Dani loves compelling narrators and is drawn to writing that is voice-driven, highly transporting, and features unique perspectives and marginalized voices.

Born and raised in Minneapolis, she has been a voracious reader for as long as she can remember. Dani began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at HarperCollins Publishers, focusing primarily on highly designed non-fiction titles. She previously worked as a literary assistant at New Leaf Literary & Media, working with established and debut authors.   

Dani is addicted to the joy of discovering new work, she is always open to queries. You can follow Dani on Instagram and Twitter or email her at dani@carolmannagency.com.  

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