The Short Fuse Guide to Book Proposals

Literary Agent Gordon Warnock walks you through writing the kind of book proposal that makes agents and acquisitions editors want to work with you. Learn what to include, what to avoid, and what will help you stand above the rest.

You need a book proposal to pitch all types of non-fiction, but if you’re writing fiction, a strong “marketing proposal” becomes your secret weapon. This document, with many of the same elements of a book proposal, is a way to give your submission an edge, presenting you as the kind of informed, proactive, and marketing-savvy writer that agents and publishers love to work with. And whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction, your proposal will also act as a road map for promoting your book once it comes out.

Short Fuse Guides offer insider tips and tricks for writers, written by agents and covering different areas of the ever-changing publishing industry.