Services

Book Proposal

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

I’ll write a book proposal from your completed manuscript, and I’ll give you the names and contact information 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.

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.

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!
Jeff GeraciAuthor of Paramnesia – Book One of the Royal Light Series

Other Services

Manuscript Evaluation………………………………………$345 

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.