Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract

Author: Blythe Camenson & Marshall J. Cook
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books; 1st edition (August 1999)
ISBN-10: 0898798752
ISBN-13: 978-0898798753
My Rating:
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract : The Complete Guide to Writing Query Letters, Synopses and Proposals for Agents and Editors is well-written and easy to understand. It explains the publishing process and points out what makes a good query letter and synopsis. It also shows the different ways to begin a query letter which is nice. However, the query style in this book is out-of-fashion. Many agents now want no more than one or two paragraphs to summarize your novel, and all the examples in this book have summaries that are one or more pages in length. It’s a good read, but check out current query examples elsewhere online like Nathan Bransford’s blog.

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2 responses to “Your Novel Proposal: From Creation to Contract

  1. Hi Marshall,
    I’m reading your book, Your Novel Proosal. I’m preparing a book prososal for my first novel and the agents or publishers are asking for a marketing plan. I don’t see where your book addresses that. I’m a new author who works a forty hour a week job. I don’t know how to answer them. Could you help me out?

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