Book Proposal Boot Camp

Book Proposal Boot Camp is designed to help give your proposal the best chance for success. Come join this lively, intensive 8-week program and bring along your questions, too!

In this information­‐packed and illuminating program, I will provide the strategic essentials authors need to know before they submit a proposal to an agent or publisher.

Drawing on my years as a publishing executive acquiring notable and bestselling projects for Harper San Francisco, Little, Brown, and Macmillan, I will share insights and guidance about what publishers are looking for in a book proposal.

Topics will include the fundamentals of a proposal, such as:


  • how to create a convincing Overview that attracts attention
  • how to put together a lively Table of Contents
  • how to write a compelling Chapter-by-Chapter Outline
  • how to describe the Competition in a way that serves your book
  • how to come up with a winning Promotion section
  • how to compose an Author Profile that highlights your strengths
  • how to decide which Sample Chapter to include that will get you the results you want!
We’ll also look at how to position the project more effectively; what not to include in a proposal; the “extras” that can make the difference in selling a project; and what to look for in a literary agent.

Use the form to the right to subscribe to early-bird notification, which will provide more details about the Book Proposal Boot Camp program.