Get Your Book Sold


The query letter has a big job to do in a short space. It has to start with a hook that makes the one-page letter hard to stop reading and then briefly and concisely describe what the book is about, explain what it will do for readers, and say why you’re the best person to write it. The query letter has to incite interest while illustrating your voice as a writer and showing your professionalism. Don’t let your query be one of those that ends up deleted or in the round file.

When an agent or prospective publisher reads a compelling query letter they ask to see the manuscript for more or the book proposal if it is included in the package you’ve sent them. But a good query letter can be hard to write. Agents receive hundreds, if not thousands, of queries every week, and delete most from their email in a split second or toss them into the reject pile.

I can review your query letter to see what’s working and what needs to be done to become a stellar sales piece. I also can also write your query letter or edit a query letter you’ve written.


Proposals are the primary sales tool for securing an agent and publisher. They follow a standard format and are typically 10 to 30 pages (longer if they include a requested sample from your book).

Get Your Proposal Edited

I can increase the chances of your book proposal attracting an agent’s or publisher’s attention, and increase the chances of it winning a sale. We’ll start with a 1-hour meeting by phone, Skype or Zoom after you send me your proposal for review so I can make sure all of its sections are included and complete and the proposal is ready to be edited.The fee for proposal editing varies depending on length and includes a follow-up 30-minute call to answer any questions.

Get Your Proposal Written For You

To start, I’ll ask you to email a brief synopsis of your book, your table of contents (if there is one), and any related marketing materials you may want to include. In a 1-hour meeting, done by phone, Zoom, or Skype, we’ll discuss your materials and any marketing plans you may already have in place. We’ll make arrangements for me to write your proposal with your review and input as sections of it are completed. Proposals are usually completed in approximately 4 weeks. The fee varies depending on length and amount of research required. You’ll receive an estimate in our initial call.

To start, schedule a free 15-minute call with me, below.

PLEASE NOTE: I will be on vacation March 30 – April 18. Please schedule your call with me for before or after those dates. I look forward to learning about your project!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman is a veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and a number of smaller publishers. She has also helped many authors successfully self-publish. Some of Suzanne’s memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they call her an invaluable guide.


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