Elements of a Fiction Book Proposal: Your Book and Your Readers

Here is an insightful post from Michael Dellert on putting together a proposal for a fiction book.


The first part of your fiction book proposal should have details about your book and your target market.

To recap from last week, a great fiction book proposal essentially breaks down into five elements:

  1. About Your Book and the Target Market (What can you do for us?).
  2. Your “Comparables” (What’s your niche?).
  3. Your Biography (Who are you and why should we care?).
  4. Marketing and Publicity (How can you help me to help you?)
  5. Sample Pages

About Your Book

This week, we’ll discuss the first element in some detail. This is where you’ll answer questions like:

  • What is your novel about?
  • How many words is the manuscript or what is the expected word count?
  • How much of your novel is completed?
  • What is the title/subtitle?
  • What genre or category do you believe your book best fits into?
  • What is your book’s history?
  • What is the target market?
  • What is the…

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