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The ultimate book proposal guide for nonfiction, fiction and children’s books.

83542c71-01be-4394-adea-6044386c1443from SPAWN member, Patricia Fry

As an author, you must consider yourself the CEO of your book, and the book proposals is your business plan. Most agents and publishers require a proposal before ever setting eyes on a manuscript, and it is a crucial element in getting published. Writing a proposal can also help an author to write the right book for the right audience, to more successfully pitch a book to the right agent or publisher, and to devise a marketing plan that will help him in the most difficult aspect of publishing–promoting the book to his readers. Propose Your Book, How to Craft Persuasive Proposals for Nonfiction, Fiction, and Children’s Books offers a clear understanding of the book proposal process in today’s fiercely competitive publishing climate. It includes:
The most up-to-date concepts in writing a book proposal

  • Insider tips from agents and publishers
  • Examples of actual proposals from publishers’ files and featuring
  • Separate chapters for authors of specific topics/genres.

There are other books on how to write a book proposal, but none as unique as this one as it includes separate chapters on how to write a proposal for your novel, children’s book, travel book, inspirational book, how-to, the memoir, young adult books and more. And it’s endorsed by the following publishing professionals: Carolyn Howard Johnson, W. Terry Whalin, and Brian Jud

Make this your only book on how to write a book proposal or add it to your collection of books on understanding and crafting a successful book proposal. Propose Your Book definitely offers a perspective and information not available elsewhere.



Rotem writes women’s fiction and hopes to become an indie author. Some titles include Garbage Poetry and Owl.

Benjamin Swihart/Prose Pro Editing and Writing Services

Benjamin Swihart

Prose Pro Editing and Writing Services

Ben provides detail-oriented editing for both nonfiction and fiction projects, including editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and word flow. He also provides self-publishing consulting for local authors, with services including interior paperback layout and design, Kindle conversion, and basic cover design. Ben helps authors set up and manage their CreateSpace, Kindle, and other self-publishing accounts. Ben is an editor and writer with over six years of editing experience including Santa Barbara newspapers and a local history publishing company.


Ellen Reid/Ellen Reid's Book Shepherding

Ellen Reid

Ellen Reid’s Book Shepherding ™

Ellen is a high-end resource for authors who want to independently publish their books. She assembles a team of top industry professionals—people with track records of exceptional excellence in all areas, from book design and copywriting to printing, distribution, web design and creation, to social media and they guide and direct authors at every key decision point. According to Ellen, she and her team provide everything required to produce a book of exceptional quality and work with the author to create a publishing company to support their vision and ultimate success.


R.J. Torbert/Entertainment 21 Corp

R.J. Torbert

Entertainment 21 Corp

R.J. Torbert is the author of Face of Fear: A Powers and Johnson novel, and is currently working on his second novel to come out in early 2015. He has been a key figure in the behind the scenes history of what many consider the most iconic horror mask in history: the Ghost Face Mast as seen in the SCREAM motion picture franchise. The Face of Fear and his upcoming novel include Ghost face in the storyline. He is also the creator and writer of the Games, “Love Truth or Dare, “Conversation Cards,” “To know me is to love me.” He is the director of licensing at FUN World and director of product development for Easter/Valentine/St. Patrick’s Day products.

Giovanni V. Crisan/Phase II Publishing

Giovanni V. Crisan

Phase II Publishing

Giovanni is the author of Separation Anxiety, 8:51 On the Blinking Clock and Other Stories, The Wistful Heads: A Tim Marrow Mystery, Killer On the Noose: A Tim Marrow Mystery, and co-author of The Re-Evolution Project (with his twin brother, Vasilie.) He has also written numerous articles for publications throughout the world, both in the manufacturing and medical fields. His most recent submission appeared in “Unique Me Magazine.” He has published Grace Feldman’s “Milk Turkey, and Neurosis: or, How Mother (Almost) Ruined My Life.”

Jaimie Kulikowski

Jaimie Kulikowski

Jaimie is a new author who just finished writing her first book. It’s The Mane Monologues—a how-to/personal experience/informational book all about hair. Jaimie’s major area of interest is improv theater, and for the last five years, she’s been a comedic improviser