Book Proposal Service

Have your book proposal professionally prepared

Query & Synopsis

$70

  • Query letter prepared
  • Synopsis prepared
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Book Proposal

$270

  • Query letter prepared
  • Synopsis prepared
  • Book extract professionally edited
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Query Letter

The query letter (sometimes called a cover letter) is the email (days of submitting 'paper' book proposals are long gone), which the agent will first read.

Many writers underestimate the importance of the query letter and put themselves at an immediate disadvantage.

By creating a great query letter, you'll be able to hook the agent's attention before they ever look at your writing.

The query letter is often only about five to ten paragraphs in length but will contain targeted information.

The aim of the query letter

The goal of the query letter is to provide the agent with all the information they need to make a snap decision about your book.

The best way to think about the role of the query letter is to provide the agent with a fair assessment of your project, where it fits in the marketplace and a clear picture of why it is right for the agent.

The process

Our service is designed to be as simple as possible for the writer.

We will write your query letter, but we will require detailed information about you and your book.

The way we collect this information is via a form.

Once you have signed up for the service, you will be directed to a specially designed web page.

This will contain a form with a set of specific questions.

You will be required to answer each of these questions in as much detail as possible.

Once you have completed the form, we will create the first draft of your query letter. If we require any extra information, we'll be in touch.

You will then be sent a copy of the query letter. This is your chance to interact with your editor and, together, make any changes you require.

At the end of the process, you'll have a query letter that will answer any potential questions an agent or publisher might initially have about your book.

Synopsis

The synopsis is a short description of your story.

It is normally about on page in length and will cover all of the key events in your book.

Many writers make the mistake of focussing too much time and attention on their synopsis; producing a long document that is more likely to put an agent off, rather than hook them into their story.

The aim

The role of a synopsis is to provide the agent with a clear outline of the story, its structure, and the characters.

The agent needs to see how the story will develop and what the outcome will be for the reader.

This is not a time to build suspense; the agent needs to see the full narrative arc.

The process

Our service will see us helping you to create the synopsis.

We will work very closely with you to create a synopsis that is perfect for an agent.

However, since we have not written your book, we will need to work in close collaboration with you to create the synopsis.

Once you have signed up for the service, you will be directed to a specially designed web page.

This will contain a form with a set of specific questions.

You will be required to answer each of these questions in as much detail as possible.

This will involve you starting with a short description of your novel and expanding it out as the synopsis develops.

Once you have completed the form, we will create the first draft of your synopsis. If we require any extra information, we'll be in touch.

You will then be sent a copy of the synopsis. This is your chance to interact with your editor and, together, make any changes you require.

At the end of the process, you'll have a synopsis that provides an agent with a clear outline of your story's narrative arc.

Extract

Agents understand that the books being pitched to them will need 'work' before publication, but if your book needs too much TLC this is a shortcut to a big fat 'no thanks'.

Writers often make the error of submitting manuscripts that contain structural and technical issues that should have long been spotted and fixed.

However, what happens if a writer just isn't sure what's wrong or what to fix?

The aim of the book editing

The role of the book edit is to provide the writer with clear and concise feedback on what they need to do to lift their book to a publishable standard.

The book edit is combined developmental and line editing.

It will find plot holes, fix structural issues and help with flow. It'll also spot and fix sentence-level problems.

This is the same level of editing that we provide via the BubbleCow book editing service.

The process

The editing process will provide you with the detailed feedback you need to lift your book to the next level.

We will work closely with you to ensure that you know what needs fixing and how to make the changes.

Once you have signed up for the service, you will be directed to a specially designed web page.

You will need to upload the first section of your book. This is the first three chapters, up to a maximum of 15,000 words.

Agents will only be interested in seeing a sample of your writing and you must submit the opening to your book. Agents will not want to see selected chapters from the middle of your book.

Once we have you extract, we will carry out a detailed developmental and line edit.

We will return two documents.

One will be the original extract with tracked changes and embedded comments.

The other will be the multi-page editor's report. This will explain the problems we have discovered, along with detailed explanations as to the changes you need to make.

This feedback will give you everything you need to rewrite your extract and lift it to a standard that will be suitable for submission to agents and/or publishers.

Common Questions

How long will it all lake

The time from payment to completion will depend on your package, and the time you can commit to the process.

Once you have provided the information we need the query letter and synopsis, these will be completed within a week.

The editing takes a little longer and will take up to two weeks to complete.

Can we talk to our editor?

The whole process is interactive. You will be in constant contact with your editor. They will need to understand your book and only by understanding you and your goals we will be able to provide an effective query letter and synopsis.

The edit is a slightly different process. The editor will be free to answer any questions you might have post-edit. However, it is important that editors approach your work with 'fresh eyes'. The agent will not have access to the writer to ask questions. It is therefore essential the editor is in the same situation.

This said the editor will highlight any areas of confusion and bring these to your attention post-edit.

How many revisions can be made?

Regarding the query letter and synopsis, you are free to make as many revisions as is needed. The editor will work with you on each revision, ensuring that the message remains focused.

The edit is different. You will receive your feedback, and the editor will be free to answer any questions. However, the cost of the package will not include a second edit. If you feel the extract has changed significantly, we can arrange for a second edit to be carried out at a reduced cost.