- Three sentence logline ... think what you'd see on a movie poster.
- Brief synopsis (1 page) -- pretend you're writing the back-cover copy of a novel. Write this like that.
- Marketing considerations (1 page) -- compare your novel to what's already out there.
- Target audience (1 page) -- shows the editor you're thinking in marketing terms.
- About the author (1 page) -- if you don't have clips, that's okay. Are you a teacher and your main character is a teacher? Mention this.
- Series potential (1 page) -- shows the editor, again, you're thinking ahead and don't plan to be a one-book wonder.
- Full synopsis (6 pages) -- tell the whole story like you were talking to a friend. Don't leave out the ending!
Several books I recommend for writing a fiction proposal:
- Your Novel Proposal : From Creation to Contract by Blythe Camenson & Marshall J. Cook
- The Sell Your Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon
- The Writer's Guide to Queries, Pitches & Proposalsby Moira Allen
- Randy Ingermanson has an example of a successful fiction proposal on his website in .pdf format. It was the one he and John Olsen used for Oxygen, which was later published by Bethany House. Click here.
- Also, literary agent Chip MacGregor has an example on his website (also .pdf) of Sandra Glahn's novel Informed Consent. Click here.
- Literary agent Rachelle Gardner has a great post on her blog describing the details as well. Click here.