You’ve written a book and want to sell it to a major commercial publisher.
To get your foot in the door, you’ll need an effective book proposal . . .
What You Can Expect…
$950 and up
Fees for book proposals and marketing assistance are typically $950 to $2,000, depending on the nature of the book and its length.
A basic book proposal consists of four elements:
- one-page query letter
- two- to four-page synopsis of the book
- chapter-by-chapter outline
- one-page author’s bio
Most literary agents and commercial publishers 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 and sample chapters of the book or the entire manuscript.
Comprehensive Nonfiction Book Proposal
If your book is nonfiction (other than memoir or autobiography), you’ll have to prepare a comprehensive book proposal. It must include a market overview with answers to these questions: Who is the targeted audience for your book? Why will those readers be interested in what you have to say? What other books about the topic have been published in recent years, and how will your book be different? Why do you feel that you’re qualified to write this book?
My fee for a comprehensive nonfiction book proposal can range from $1,500 to $3,000 depending on the topic and the length of the nonfiction book.
This type of book proposal is not required for memoirs, autobiographies, and other story-oriented nonfiction.
First let me say thanks so much. It’s a bit frustrating to me that others use me to “edit” their stories sometimes, and although far from a professional like you, I’m generally well received when I do it. Except, of course, when I’m trying to review my own work and fail miserably. It’s like I know it too well and look right through the writing to the story underlying. So again, thanks so much for picking up the grammar and tense and paragraph placement and all of the other fun stuff that comes with a DeFazio “masterpiece.”
I was overwhelmed by the thoroughness of your critique. I had no idea what to expect. It was much more than I thought it would be. I was so excited to get started on the rewrite. The help and guidance you offered during the rewrite was invaluable. I can’t think of anything else you could have done to help in the final editing and proofing process. Maybe the best I can say is that you were a joy to work with. I look forward to you taking a look at my next manuscript.
Any success I’ve had is due directly to your plot analysis, coaching, suggestions, and teaching this novice writer.
Bill, being a first-time author, I was wary of shopping for a good editor. You’ve exceeded my expectations in every way, and I’m amazed at how much you’ve enhanced the flow, development, and clarity of my manuscript. The majority of readers who have read my novel even remark on how well written it is, thanks to you. How you managed to tie everything in together so that the story makes more sense is astounding to me. You’re like a literary sharpshooter! Most of all, the education I received from you is invaluable and worth every penny. But you’re not just an editor; you’re also an amazingly effective teacher, and I consider you a “personal trainer” for authors. You really held my hand through the whole process, motivating me and essentially teaching me the art of writing fiction. It has been a fantastic journey for me. The effective way in which you apply and tailor your teaching to the writer’s manuscript is genius! And the extensive feedback you provided at every avenue was always pertinent and to the point, helping me to learn from my mistakes. Now I’m confident that every new book I write will be better than the last. I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you on my first novel. I could never thank you enough!
Thank you so much for your honesty and ideas. I agree with everything you mentioned in your critique. God bless, Bill. I am so glad I found you in the vast sea of options. If I have any questions or need further insight, I will email. Merry Christmas, Bill. You have certainly given me the best present I could get this year!
I appreciate such a great analysis. It’s like I am taking a creative writing class.
Wow, this is the most amazingly helpful evaluation (or input of any kind) I’ve ever had as a writer. I can’t quite express how thankful I am to have found your help. Your thoughts are so insightful. Every point you make has the clearest ring of truth. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You did a fantastic job of editing my novel. LOVE IT! It really reads so much better, and I especially like the way you used more active voicing and improved much of the dialogue and action sequence wording. All without changing my basic style, structure, and patterns, etc. This professionally edited version was a real joy for me to read. I also totally appreciated the way you interacted with me throughout the entire process, from initial manuscript evaluation through manuscript development thru pro-editing thru agent-list prep and pub-package development. You always delivered exactly what you promised on time, and answered all my belabored questions very patiently and thoroughly. It’s been a truly wonderful mentoring/coaching experience for me, just as I think it would be for anyone else attempting a first-time novel, especially one of this length! By the time it was all over, I felt like I’d completed a full-fledged graduate program at a top university in historical novel writing!
Thank you very much for these insights. As I mentioned on the phone, I was particularly impressed by the way you spotted each point in succession that I would have put in a list to ask you about – but of course didn’t in order to give you an unfettered approach to the story. The fact that in our discussion you touched on each question I had before I asked the question made this exercise even more helpful than I thought I should be able to expect. Now with this helpful and insightful list of how I can improve the manuscript, I have a path to follow on my next draft.
I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your work. I’m going through this and see that once again, your work is exactly what I had been looking for the day I searched for a professional copy editor. It brings me a lot of satisfaction to see my manuscript getting pounded into proper condition because of your expertise.
I’ll read your manuscript from first page to last and tell you what you’ve done right and what still needs work.
Manuscript Critique………………………………………$24 per thousand words
My practical, detailed suggestions will show you how to turn your manuscript into a book with solid commercial value.
Manuscript Editing………………………………………..$40 – $50 per thousand words
I’ll correct the mechanical errors (spelling, grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.) and I’ll polish the prose to improve clarity and narrative flow.
Book Proposal……………………………………………….$950 and up
I’ll help you avoid the mistakes that can make the difference between sale and rejection.
Major Rewrite……………………………………………….$15,000 and up
I’ll develop a rewrite plan for your approval, then I’ll overhaul your manuscript from the ground up.
Ghostwriting……………………………………………….$25,000 and up
I’ll ghostwrite your book based on your story idea or outline.