Developing your book proposal

We need to convey a continuum ... step-by-step process, starting with fundamentals.

1. Start with the Fundamentals ...

Although it's super hard to get an agent to represent you, I know what a compelling and polished proposal looks like and I can coach you to create one. Wherever you are, I recommend starting with the fundamentals.

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Once we've worked on the fundamentals, we'll start building a formal proposal — an outline with narrative drive! — to give you the best opportunity with a traditional publisher.

Bullets = TMI at this stage.

At bullets stage, they should be ready to fill out a form or contact you to chat.

Step 2. Develop your proposal - $3,000

We will work through all the elements of a formal proposal: overview, author bio, audience analysis, marketing analysis, annotated table of contents, analysis of comparable titles, and sample chapters. Our goal for this work will be a polished proposal that you feel confident sending to agents. 

  • Five deadlines 

  • Comments on submissions

  • Editorial letter for each submission

  • Five  30-minute calls to review feedback; three additional calls at writer’s discretion

  • 16-week duration

  • Additional sessions at $500  each (one editorial letter and one 45-min call)​

Step 3. Ready, set, pitch - $2,000

Together we will write your query letter, research agents, and develop a strategy to pitch your idea. With these elements in place, you’ll be ready to send out your proposal with intention and confidence.

  • Query letter review; three rounds of inline feedback

  • Sample query letters 

  • Research up to 10 agents

  • Two pitch strategy sessions​

  • Two meetings to review agent responses

Proposal Review - $500

Do you have a proposal you think is ready to show an agent? I'll review it and give you the feedback you need to feel confident that it's ready for prime time!

Marni doesn't offer this yet.

Ready to take the next step with your book?