Writing a Fiction Book Proposal

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Last week, we discussed what a fiction book proposal is, and why you need one. This week, we’ll look at the form and function of a standard fiction book proposal in more detail.

Somewhere in the world, there's a fiction book proposal for each and every one of these... Somewhere in the world, there’s a fiction book proposal for each and every one of these…

In this post, I’ll cover the critical elements of an average but thorough proposal. But keep in mind that each agent and publisher is a special snowflake, and may have variations from the norm in their own requirements. Once you’ve selected the agents/publishers you’ll approach, research that agent’s/publisher’s requirements, standards and procedures.

Industry Standard Fiction Book Proposal Format

While individual agents or publishers might have their own specific requirements, 99.9% of US agents and publishers follow this industry-wide standard for fiction book proposals. These standards have been hallowed by time and consecrated by tradition. Ignore them at your own peril.

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