If we request your writing, please follow these guidelines which elaborate on the information in our request letter. We only accept this material by email, and you will receive instructions about how to send it from us when we solicit your writing from you. Please send the manuscript, requested pages, or proposal along with…
Cover letter This should be a brief letter stating that we requested your work and what is enclosed in your package. Please keep it short and factual.
Bio and platform Please include previous writing credentials including articles, reviews, stories, and books already published; classes attended or taught; writers’ colonies attended; grants and awards received; and any other experience or pertinent information relevant to your book project and writing career. If your book relates to a topic, particularly for non-fiction books, then author credentials in that area are also important. Information about your social media presence and any ways you have to market copies of your book.
If submitting fiction A synopsis. Please try to restrict the synopsis to one page.
If submitting non-fictionA table of contents or outline. It’s fine for this to be several pages as the outline is probably a major portion of the book proposal. Descriptions of what will be covered in each chapter are helpful. Remember, part of the purpose of a book proposal is to whet the reader’s appetite. An agent or editor should finish reading the proposal with two thoughts in mind: the subject is fascinating and it warrants a book-length treatment (not a shorter length such as a magazine article).
Market statementA marketing statement contains information about who will buy and read the book, how the book can be sold by the publisher, and how you as an author will work to promote the book. The statement should answer the following questions about who will buy the book: Who is the target audience for this book? Why is it timely, important, newsworthy, etc.? Why did you write the book? It's also helpful if you include an answer to the end of the following sentence: “My book is the first ever to….” If there are any relevant statistics or figures, these are helpful too particularly for books, both fiction and non-fiction, that focus on a theme or topic. We don't need to know which publishers you think would want to publish the project, that's our job. We want to know who will read it and how you as an author plan to support the book once it's on bookshelves so that it becomes a successful title.
Please put all of these into one file (Word .doc files are the easiest for us) so that all of the information is together.
We try to respond to all requested material within eight weeks. Please contact us if there is a change in the status of your project.