for Your Fiction Proposal
fiction proposal should include the following items and should be attached as a single file to an email with "submission: title, authors name and word count" in the subject line:
1. Proposal Cover letter
Addressed to the appropriate agent with title/genre/word count and appropriate contact information in the letter, this letter should interest us in reading
your proposal. In an email the attached file name should be descriptive - author name / fiction or nonfiction proposal / logline.
2. One-page sell sheet
The first line of a one page is: The title, genre and word count
tagline- one line pitch of your book
back book cover paragraph
abbreviated bio with author photo
all must fit on a single page
3. Biographical sketch
your writing experience, your education, your achievements, and your
prior publishing history.
4. Story Synopsis
a one to three page synopsis of your story.
5. Market analysis
your novel's audience (the specific categories of readers your book is
6. Competitive analysis
novels published within the past five years that are similar
to your proposed work. Tell us why your book should be published, and
explain how your book is superior and/or provides a new slant on your
7. Marketing strategies
(what will you do to sell your book in cooperation with the publisher?)
fiction and non-fiction authors are encouraged to promote
their novels themselves through writers' conferences, book signings,
and web sites. We suggest you establish a web site, and you'll need to
create promotional giveaways, arrange your own book signings, or attend
writers' conferences. Think outside of the box.
8. History of the
tell us if the manuscript has been submitted to editors and/or
publishers by yourself or another agent.
9. The first three
fiction send the first three chapters. Non-fiction can be your
choice of the first three or what you feel best showcases your book.