Elements of a Fiction Book Proposal: Your Sample Pages

Here’s another helpful post from Michael Dellert’s blog on the elements of a fiction proposal. This one focuses on sample pages.


The final part of your fiction book proposal is your sample pages. This is really what will make or break your proposal, so make sure they shine!

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 the sample manuscript pages that you’ll include with your fiction book proposal.

Your Sample Pages

fiction book proposalAlthough the marketing section is the meat-and-potatoes of your proposal, what will ultimately make or break your chances with an agent is the quality of the writing itself.

If your query letter bought you requests to read partials from your book, or even the full manuscript, but then…

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