Publishing is a world of unspoken rules and traditions that one can, and does, unknowingly violate. It’s kind of like navigating a minefield, but this AWP 2018 panel offered the beginnings of a map.
Every writer deals with impostor syndrome to a greater or lesser degree—uncertain just how much they’re allowed to think of themselves as a writer, and how much they should let this identity dictate their lives.
A book proposal is a regular part of publishing a nonfiction book for most writers. Novelists and poets still typically need a full manuscript for publishers to consider, but for nonfiction books it’s quite the opposite—publishers and agents don’t even necessarily want an entire book to consider.