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.
Thank you for the honest evaluation of The Trout River Project. In fact, you provided more than I expected. I am encouraged to use your comments as a guideline for rewriting Trout River.
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.
You are my third editor, and I cannot help thinking if only I had found you back when. Most important to me, you understand what I am trying to do. Your critique is insightful, and I am grateful for your help.
The advice you gave me during and after the critique of my novel, Touched, has come full circle. You suggested narrowing it to a single viewpoint, simplifying its content, and shortening it to a middle-grade novel. Well, after reworking it several times trying to get it the way I wanted it, I’ve seen the light. I am working on a single-viewpoint version right now that I foresee being about 45,000 to 50,000 words. The language is greatly simplified, and is only from Nat’s viewpoint. I did get some helpful advice from the local writer’s group in my hometown, but nothing that propelled me forward like the information from you. Every day I put words into my story, I am seeing the wisdom in the pages from your critique, and I get closer to a better story.
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!
Bill Greenleaf is a consummate professional at his craft. He gives new meaning to meticulous when it comes to grammatical and syntactical correctness. Better yet, Bill’s many improvements to my latest book, How Now, Norm’s Tao, were not only insightful, but were consistent with my offbeat sense of humor and irreverent literary style. If you want your book to be the very best it can be, give Bill Greenleaf a call today.
Though I am speechless, I manage to find one word to describe your work: PERFECT !!!!!! I’ll forever be grateful. Thank you.
Thank you so much, Bill. I found a wealth of information in your evaluation, and it was exactly what I needed. Your review was thorough and wide-ranging, covering high-level analysis (such as storyline), mid-level (such as perspective shifts and narration), and even some low-level feedback (down to grammar and writing style). I have to say that I was truly impressed with what you provided, and I cannot say that it lacked for anything.
Thank you again for the work you’ve done. The book is so clean now I’m jealous I couldn’t get it up to that level myself.
Thank you so much for all of your work on this project. I can tell you spent a lot of time with my novel, and I greatly appreciate it. Your comments were thoughtful and detailed. They will give me a solid foundation to start from with this next rewrite. I will most certainly take you up on the offer to send it back for an additional review once I have finished reworking the character and plot issues.
Manuscript Critique………………………………………$22 per thousand words
My critique 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.
I’ll read your entire manuscript and give you an appraisal of its marketability, assess your book’s strengths and weaknesses, your writing skills and give you guidance about your publishing options.
Ghostwriting….……………………………………………….$25,000 and up
I’ll write your book based on your story idea or outline. The goal is to produce a marketable book while remaining true to your vision of the story.