Book Proposals

What is a book proposal?

A book proposal is a 15-30 page business plan for your book. Literary agents and publishers make contracting decisions based on the strength of the proposal and their knowledge of the market.

A book proposal includes information about the author, a competitive analysis, the book's table of contents and chapter synopses, and two to three sample chapters. Like a business plan presented to a financial institution or investor, a book proposal must demonstrate that you and your book are worth the risk.

Recommended reading: Quick-Reference Publishing Stats

Can you write the book proposal and ghostwrite or collaborate with me on my book?

Absolutely. In fact, if I write the proposal, I'll reduce my ghostwriting  or book collaboration fee because we'll already be on our way to developing a strong manuscript.

Literary Matchmaking

If I believe that one of the literary agents I know is a good fit, I will discuss your project with them and make the introduction if they're interested. I will also select and provide a list of three agents who represent books in your genre and match your style and vision.


After 15+ years in publishing, I can say that Cristen sets the gold standard for freelance editing. She recently worked with us on a client’s memoir proposal, including an extensive amount of co-writing of sample chapters. From the start of the process, I was highly impressed with her writing, her ideas, and just how much organization and inspiration she brought to the project. Her writing was beautiful, clear, and very true to the author’s unique voice. Collaborating with her has been a joy for both author and agent. She had tremendous impact on this project, and we will look forward to working with her on many more, given our experience.
— Lilly Ghahremani, JD, MBA, literary agent and co-founder of Full Circle Literary