January 17, 2011

A Fiction Book Proposal

The dreaded book proposal. Some agents require one after you query them, others don't. I thought I would need one when I considered approaching a particular publishing house, so I spent hours and hours researching how to create one. I found it a difficult task. There doesn't seem to be all that much on "fiction" book proposals (while there is an endless amount of information on putting together a "nonfiction" proposal). But I did manage to find a few good sites, and while I haven't actually completed a book proposal, they got me off to a good start. So here are three of the websites I found most helpful:

 

http://www.spiritledwriter.com/jul08/proposal.html

http://www.prlit.com/bookproposal.htm

http://www.essortment.com/hobbies/writefictionbo_szhs.htm

2 comments:

Timothy Staveteig said...

Molly,

Thanks for sharing the sites you have uncovered for the fiction book proposal.

I agree that most information regarding proposal-writing focuses on nonfiction. The reason, most likely, is that the nonfiction proposal has a linear organization - and a much shorter sample.

Fiction proposals, in contrast, are really like custom cabinets that need to fit into an odd corner or misshaped space.

The best fiction proposals are quirky, odd, distinctive. They fit the space, but more importantly they leave me wanting to read more.

Timothy Staveteig, Literary Agent
My Literary Coach

Molly Evangeline said...

I'm happy to share things I find helpful in writing since research can take a lot of time.

Thank you for the extra information on fiction proposals.