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    Fiction book proposal - help!

    Discussion in 'Publishing' started by Mckk, Mar 16, 2013.

    So, I know for fiction you have to send a query letter, and that usually a book proposal is reserved for non-fiction books. But I came across some sites that say one needs to be ready to hand over a book proposal too, even for fiction - that there're some agents who require this.

    Firstly, is that true? Or is a query, synopsis and sample chapters enough?

    Secondly, if I were to write a book proposal for fiction, how should I write this?

    Thirdly, how is a book proposal for fiction formatted? I've seen non-fiction proposals but I can't see myself doing a similar breakdown for chapter contents, for example.

    Any advice is appreciated, thanks!
     
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    Makes no sense. A proposal is for a book which has not yet been written. Fiction is always completed before submitting.

    Sounds like a load of bovine manure.
     
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    Agree.
     
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    i've never come across any legit agent who'd want a 'book proposal' for a novel... given what a proposal consists of, it would make no sense whatsoever, anyway...

    what sites did you get that idea from?
     
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    I've closed the sites now and I don't remember exactly where I read this, but here's one that supposedly teaches you how to write a book proposal for fiction - so it seems that it is done in some places.
    http://www.essortment.com/write-fiction-book-proposal-61358.html
     
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    database error causing a double post
     
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    consider the source!...

    a conglomerate site that seems to consist of stuff written anonymously about everything under the sun by who knows who with who knows what level of experience/expertise... the article on a fiction proposal is nonsensical... clearly written by someone who's clueless about selling a novel...
     

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