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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About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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