Elements of a Fiction Book Proposal: Your Biography


Here is another great post from Michael Dellert regarding another element of a fiction book proposal, the biography. Find the entire post on his blog.

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The third part of your fiction book proposal is your biography: who are you and why should a literary agent care?

To recap, 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

Today, we’re going to talk about how to write an effective biography.

Your Biography

Arguably, this should be the easiest part of your fiction book proposal. You’ve known you your whole life, after all! No one knows you better!

And that’s precisely the problem. You have about a page (typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font) to tell the agent/publisher everything about your life that is relevant to them.

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