Your book proposal and sample chapters are two of the most important documents necessary in securing a traditional book publishing deal. With just one chance to impress editors, you will want to make sure these documents are attention-grabbing, concise, powerful, and properly organized.
Who needs this service?
Anyone who is about to begin querying agents or publishers with a nonfiction manuscript and wants a professional set of eyes on their completed book proposal and two sample chapters.
A writer who has started querying agents but is not receiving responses or is continually receiving rejections without much feedback.
What's provided in this service?
With this critique package, I will read your completed book proposal (which should include detailed chapter outlines), plus two sample chapters. Please note that one of the sample chapters must be the first chapter of your book.
Upon reviewing these documents, I will provide written feedback on how to improve the proposal and which areas need specific changes.
In addition, I will:
• Analyze your overview to determine if it is concise, informative, and grabs the reader’s attention.
• Determine if your audience and demographics sections have been thoroughly researched and introduced to the reader.
• Assess your competitive titles.
• Establish if the first page of your proposal and your first chapter hook the reader.
• Determine if the proposal is organized properly and enjoyable to read.
• Analyze whether or not the proposal explains to agents or publishers the need for the book and why you are the ideal person to discuss the subject matter.
These are just a few questions I ask when reviewing nonfiction proposals and sample chapters. I am also interested to see if your passion for the story is evident in your proposal and sample chapters, and if the hook or selling handle of your manuscript is clear and unique.
Proposal critiques are typically returned within seven to 10 business days.
Whether you are about to query literary agents or plan to query publishers that accept manuscripts without an agent, you want to craft the strongest query letter possible. Depending on the literary agent or editor, up to 50 queries or more can be received each week. Some editors and agents I know receive more than 100 per week!
What does this mean for you?
Given these numbers, only a short amount of time can be allocated to each query. This means you will want to send a powerful, concise, and attention-grabbing query that will get your story noticed right away.
Who needs this service?
My query letter feedback service is ideal for anyone about to begin initial submissions to agents or editors.
This service is also ideal for anyone who has been querying for some time but has not received responses or has been given feedback that the query needs work.
What is provided in this service?
With this package, I will review your query and provide a critique and additional feedback on how to improve the document. In order to provide the best feedback possible, I may ask you additional questions about your manuscript before offering feedback.
Query critiques are typically returned within seven to 10 business days.