Book Proposals

You’ve written a book.

You want to sell it to a major commercial publisher.

To accomplish that, you need an effective book proposal . . .

You’ve come to the right place.

I’ve written a lot of book proposals. I know what literary agents and publishers are looking for, and I know how to pique their interest in a book.

You’ll have only one chance to make a good first impression with top-tier literary agents and publishers. Don’t squander that chance by sending them an anemic or misleading book proposal. I can help you avoid making that mistake.

I’ll write a book proposal from your completed manuscript, and I’ll give you the names and addresses of the right literary agents for your book. I’ll also be there to lend a helping hand if you encounter a problem or need advice during the querying process. Fees for book proposals and marketing assistance are typically $950 to $2,000, depending on the nature of the book and its length.

The anatomy of a Greenleaf book proposal

A basic book proposal consists of four elements:

  • a one-page query letter
  • a two- to four-page synopsis of the book
  • a chapter-by-chapter outline
  • a one-page author’s bio

Those are the elements you’ll need when querying literary agents and commercial publishers. Most require that you submit the query letter and brief synopsis first. If they like what they see, then they’ll ask for a more detailed chapter-by-chapter outline of the book, and either sample chapters of the book or the entire manuscript.


What clients are saying:

Thank you for all of your time and hard work in putting together the book proposal for The Chicken Club. I sincerely appreciate everything. You continue to stretch and grow my boundaries with the art of writing and marketing. I can’t wait to get started in marketing this story.

Glenna Thompson
author of women’s issues novel The Chicken Club

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