About Book Proposal Success

We aim to provide high quality, cost-effective help and advice to writers.

In fact, it is our goal to be the number one choice for writers who are either publishing traditionally or self-publishing.

We look to meet these goals by providing professional, open, honest and actionable advice. We will not only tell you what you need to do to make your book proposal better, but we'll also show you how to apply the advice.

Why we do it

We are currently living in a golden age for writers, with more options and routes to publication than ever before in history.

Today, it is possible for writers to make their books a success either with or without a traditional publisher’s help.

However, we recognize that there's no 'one route' for writers and we wish to provide the help and advice that writers need.

Our goal is to help big ideas and great stories to spread.

By decoding the publishing industry, we can help to give your book the best possible chance for success.

Who we are

Gary Smailes BubbleCow founder and editor

Book Proposal Success founder, Gary Smailes, has experience at all levels of the publishing industry.

He's worked as a researcher and editor for the popular Horrible Histories series, has more than twenty books in print and is represented by agent Andrew Lownie.

Gary is also a book editor and is the founder of BubbleCow, a leading book editing company.

He also established ProActive Writer, a popular writing blog.

Why you should care

We'll give you, and your book, an unfair advantage.

Agents and publishers have a complex web of rules designed to make it difficult for writers to submit their book for assessment.

We want to untangle this web of rules and give your book an unfair advantage.

You've poured hours of your life into your book, and it deserves the best chance of success.

We'll give it that chance.