Book Proposals

Increase Your Chances of Getting a Book Published by Creating a Killer Proposal

“Justin immediately took the reins and went above and beyond with his amazing eye for detail and profound input. If you want exceptional talent, Justin Spizman is definitely your go-to guy.”

Siobhan McKenna

Author of Imagineering Your Life

To sell your book to a major publishing house, you must have a book proposal. Writing a book proposal is an essential step to getting a book published. Your proposal acts like a business plan for your prospective publishing house, offering them a glimpse into your forthcoming idea and exactly how you’ll market and sell it.

Your publisher uses the proposal to anticipate what the book’s audience might be, and how the final product might appeal to them. A quality proposal can assist seasoned publishers in predicting the overall quality of a book and even its potential sales volume.

Usually, you only have one shot when submitting your proposal to prospective publishers, so it is critically important you get it right the first time.

As an experienced author and successful book proposal writer, Justin has the talent and industry knowledge to help you put your best foot forward. He has sold proposals to many of the major publishing house, and he understands the quality, components, and formatting required to position your book for success.

By collaborating with his clients and using his professional expertise, Justin helps authors craft an exciting and intriguing proposal capable of grabbing their publisher’s attention.

Wondering How to Get a Book Published?

Start With a Solid, Professional Proposal Containing All the Essential Parts

Justin Spizman’s book proposal writing service produces several essential sections for you to submit. Publishers need every section to envision what your completed book may look like.

Cover Page

A cover page acts as a trailer and highlight reel for your manuscript. It contains the book’s title, the author’s name, possibly a professional headshot photo, and a few bulleted highlights or selling points capable of hooking the publisher’s interest.

By leading with a well-crafted cover page, you create a stellar first impression. Every detail is therefore critical and must be flawless. Your proposal should be sharp, informative, and desirable both from a business standpoint and a reader standpoint. Using colors, keywords, and value-focused selling points will help your proposal stand out, appear professional, and quickly engage prospective publishers.

Concept Snapshot

Creating a concept snapshot allows publishers to understand the magic, sparkle, and key differentiators behind your book idea. After reading your snapshot, your publisher will understand what will make your book different from other genre competitors on the shelf.

Successful snapshots are hyper-focused and exciting. They perceptively capture the most amazing thing about the author’s concept and unique voice. A snapshot establishes the foundation of the book and paints a beautiful picture of the topic’s appeal to readers. Think of your snapshot as a synopsis of your book, but distilled in potency until it absolutely sizzles.

Proposal Table of Contents

Including a table of contents for your proposal will offer publishers the clarity and efficient communication they crave. Publishers appreciate organization. It shows the author takes their job seriously and won’t waste anyone’s time. Most publishers will review hundreds, if not thousands, of proposals over the course of the year. Saving them time so they can focus on the guts of your proposal will curry their favor and lend a positive impression for your project.

Market Research

Few people thinking, “I want to write a book. Where do I start?” settle on “market research” as their answer. But publishers want to know immediately if a viable market exists for your book. If you conduct extensive research for them regarding competition and how active a current book category or genre is, they will appreciate the work and warm up more quickly to your concept.

Your proposal should therefore include market research, both analyzing the competition out there and differentiating your book from it. This section supports your concept’s viability and demonstrates how it might excel in an already flourishing genre.

Author Bio

Your author biography section will celebrate your career success and position you as an expert on the subject matter. Well-written bios tell publishers who you are and why you are qualified as an author. Both publishers and readers have an easier time getting interested in interesting people, especially if the author has a strong air of subject matter authority. Your bio can therefore get your book published more easily and ultimately help it sell more copies.

Target Market

Every book must be written for a target audience in order for it to sell. Publishers want to know how the book will be positioned to capture its target market’s attention. They appreciate having a proposal clearly indicate the book’s audience and how the author intends to resonate with them. Target market descriptions allows publishers to better understand the opportunity as well as determine if the market is one they would like to reach.

Table of Contents

Your proposal will include a table of contents for the book. To avoid sounding dry, we will construct clever and engaging chapter titles that are catchy and representative of the underlying message of each chapter. These offer your publishers and readers a glimpse into the topic while simultaneously piquing their curiosity to read on.

Chapter Summary

A chapter summary is possibly one of the most important parts of any professional book proposal. Yours will include each chapter’s title, along with a two-to three-paragraph summary. These highlight both the general and specific messages each chapter will deliver, as well as the goals it will accomplish. Snapshots reveal the strength of your overall concept, but chapter summaries prove your book’s structure capable of fulfilling that promise.

Contact Information

We will provide publishers with detailed contact information and multiple ways to get in touch. This can include your full name, address, direct phone number, and professional email address.

Sample Chapters

Justin will work collaborate with you to create at least one or two sample chapters. Once publishers make it through your extensive, detailed and compelling proposal, you can dazzle them with your writing abilities and thoughtful message.

Create a Unique Book Proposal for Your Unique Book Idea to Excite Publishing Gatekeepers and Position Your Book for Sales Success

“No book or magazine article is for ‘everyone’ so know your audience, then target them with your writing.” ― W. Terry Whalin

There is no exact science to proposals, and no two will come out exactly alike. But by choosing Justin as your proposal architect, you can be confident that your work will result in a detailed and informative proposal. This work improves your chances at acquiring a book deal by demonstrating that your authorial goals are aligned with the publisher’s business goals.

Ready to Take the First Step to Get Your Book Published? Contact Justin Spizman Today to Begin Working on a Proposal.

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Justin Spizman is an author, ghostwriter, and book project consultant. He's worked with celebrities, athletes, entertainers, and some of the most successful people in their respective industries to author and consult on their books.

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