Art by Roberto Weigand

A great article about the what, why, how and when of writing a book proposal from the ex-Publisher of Writer’s Digest and current editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review.

She tells you when and why you need a book proposal, including links to other articles for more details, and she elaborates quite articulately on how to make these elements of a proposal count:

1. Cover page and the proposal’s table of contents
2. Overview
3. Target market
4. Competitive analysis
5. Author bio and platform
6. Marketing and promotion plan
7. Chapter outline or table of contents
8. Sample chapters