Fiction

While preparing your fiction proposal, please incorporate my Writing Tips and check my Submission Guidelines.

Once you are ready to submit your proposal, please send the proposal and the three chapters as ONE DOCUMENT through this contact form or as an e-mail attachment to Les at lhstobbe123 at gmail dot com.

I only represent fiction and non-fiction books for adults.

  • YA and children’s book proposals should be submitted to my associate agent, Sally Apokedak.
  • I do not accept Sci-fi or Fantasy. Please check out www.enclavepublishing.com, a publisher of both Sci-Fi and Fantasy, sometimes labeled Speculative Fiction.

Outline for a Fiction Proposal

  1. Title page with your name and address upper left, Word Count upper right. Below that in the middle: (Genre) Fiction Proposal, then title, sub-title (if there is one), author name.
  2. Starting on page 2, the following:
    • Hook: I call it the selling hook–of 35 or so words. Extremely important summary of why a reader should buy the book.
    • Synopsis: A minimum of one page single-spaced and up to three pages. This is a summary of the story–not why you wrote, how you wrote it, just the story. Editors want a clear presentation of the plot outline and action in it. It does not need all the minor characters.
    • Uniqueness: what makes this story different from other novels out there? What might be several similar novels?
    • Author Credentials: what qualifies you to write this novel? Education, journalism or writer training, specialized fiction study, research, reading patterns.
    • Market: who will buy just because it is your book? How can you contribute to the marketing process beyond your circle of influence? Do you have a functioning web site on which you can put a teaser chapter or two? Are you in Internet social networks?
    • Table of Contents: Provide a two to three sentence summary showing the flow of the story action for each chapter.
    • Key Characters: Some editors like a list of the key characters, with brief descriptions.
  1. The first three chapters—they have to be your best chapters or there will be no sale.
  2. Submit as ONE document attached to an e-mail. No hard copy submissions, please.

Note: What you send me should be edited to eliminate misspellings, wrong words, missing words, punctuation errors, faulty grammar. After sending me your proposal, please do NOT send a series of corrected proposals. Reserve those for a hoped for publisher.