Three Steps to Writing a Non-Fiction Book Proposal
for Regal Crest Enterprises (RCE)
Send an e-mail query letter tosubmissions(at)regalcrestbooks.biz
to "pitch" your project in order to discover
if Regal Crest is interested in your project. Unlike
many other small presses' expectations, at this stage
it is not important that you personalize your query.
Address it simply to Dear Non-Fiction Editor.
- include your name, address, e-mail
address, and a phone number
- use a standard fonts such as
10-pt Courier or 12-point Times New Roman
- you may submit the query single-spaced,
but make sure that it does not exceed two (2) pages
- ensure that it has no spelling
or grammatical mistakes
- make the query letter a part
of an e-mail and not an attachment
- indicate if this is a multiple
In the body of your query letter,
you should include:
- the title and subtitle,
if there is a subtitle
- a one-paragraph description
of your book including the expected number of words
- the rationale for why you
believe people will want to read this topic
- tell us if the book constitutes
a unique topic
- tell us why this book should
be published if there are other books already on this
- a description of the expected
audience for whom you are writing
- a brief outline of the
training, experience, or study that makes you the
right person to write this book
Please Note: Submissions should
be made by e-mail only. We don't accept faxes or hard
copies via post, and please do not send us your work
on computer disc. This also means that we cannot accept
- nor will we be responsible for - original items such
as slides, photographs, artwork, one-of-a-kind mock-ups,
or the like.
In addition, due to the volume of
work we receive, we cannot offer editorial comments
unless we are telling you about specific changes to
your project that will make it right for our list.
If RCE is interested in your project,
you will need to create a short, tight, and professional
proposal that clearly describes the entirety of the
project. The specific sections of your proposal will
look like this:
SECTION ONE - The Opening
The proposal begins with a cover letter based on your
pitch letter which reiterates the title, description,
expected number of words, rationale for why you think
people need your book, who your audience is, and why
you are the expert best suited to write it. You will
write it in third person, and include a statement as
to when you can deliver the finished manuscript.
SECTION TWO - The Book Proposal
In this section, you will include 1) an overview of
the book which will be much more detailed than the one-paragraph
description; it may be as short a 1-2 pages or as long
as 40 pages, 2) copies of (or a list of) illustrations,
charts, sidebars, or other supplementary material you
will use, 3) a brief description of any bibliography,
contributor's section, glossary, resource section, and/or
index that will be appended, and 4) any information
about cover design/graphics that you wish to include.
SECTION THREE - Promotions Information
Here you will explain specifically what you will do
to promote your book. This part may include (but is
not limited to) mailings, articles, radio shows, courses
you teach, maintaining a newsletter and a Web site,
readings/signings, appearances, and speaking tours.
Include the names of any appropriate and influential
people who have already agreed to give you a blurb for
the book cover along with the names of others you believe
would be appropriate who you have not yet approached.
You may also want to mention here if you have ideas
for a sequel or a continued series that could develop
from this project.
SECTION FOUR - Sample Work
The last section of the proposal includes
- the table of contents
- specific chapter descriptions
- sample chapters
- show the table of contents
in its entirety, indicating main titles and descriptive
- provide a chapter description
for each chapter listed in the table of contents.
Generally, each description runs between a couple
of lines (at the least) and a page or two (at the
- include at least one and
up to three sample chapter plus any introduction you
plan to use. It is your choice as to whether you send
your strongest chapters or the first chapters.
SECTION FIVE - About the Author
The author biography comes next. Write it in third person
and be sure to accurately establish your credentials
regarding the topic of the proposal and as a writer.
While you will of course want to describe yourself in
a good light, it is important that you do not exaggerate
or include any inaccurate information. Lack of credentials
will not prevent a worthy, well-researched manuscript
from being considered, but misrepresentations will.
Items you may wish to highlight in
this section: other books you have published (both fiction
and non-fiction), relevant articles you have published,
hands-on experience you have in the field, your educational
degrees, professional and speaking experience, awards
you have won, and any other information that you feel
is critical for RCE to know. You may also wish to include
a personal statement of commitment to or passion for
this project. Lastly, if there is anything about the
history of this project that you deem interesting or
relevant, tell us about that here.
E-mail Sections One through Five
in the body of an e-mail to:
If you find that any of the sections are too
large, you are permitted to include them as attachments.
Label them by their section number (SECTION One, etc.)
so we know to look at them.
Manuscripts should be:
- Single spaced with a standard
margin on all sides
- No page numbers, footers, or
- ALL underlined words or
phrases must be changed to ITALICS
Please do not use HTML. We
suggest you use:
- Word 97 or above (avoiding Word Perfect and other
- Rich Text Format
You will receive confirmation that
your proposal has been received along with a brief comment
as to the approximate timeline that we expect for reviewing
your proposal and getting back to you.
Our submissions team tends to stay
right on top of things, but if there is a delay, we
let writers know. We need to actually read your proposal,
so please do not contact us before the timeline elapses.
However, if you do not hear from us by the expected
date, it could be that our response to you was lost
in cyber-space, so do not hesitate to send a brief inquiry.
Your ability to follow directions
and to craft a professional book proposal count heavily
in the decision-making process. RCE will give your proposal
a fair and thorough review to determine if your book
is right for our list. Thank you for your patience,
and we look forward to reviewing your materials and
considering your book for publication.