The Elements of an Effective Book Proposal

Create a book proposal that gets noticed! Includes audio lecture and bonus materials

Whether submitting your book idea to an agent or an editor, you want your proposal to stand out. In this audio presentation, literary agent Steve Laube outlines the basic elements of an effective book proposal.

[Originally presented at the Northwest Christian Writers conference in St. Paul, July 2018.]

BONUS CONTENT - Sample Proposal Templates, a Proposal Checklist, and more

Included in this course is a Book Proposal Checklist, an article about writing a great cover letter, a sample Fiction proposal template, a sample Non-Fiction proposal template, plus a copy of the Book Proposal Tips and Tricks e-book. You can use these guides to help with the creation of your own proposal.

Extra Credit

In addition there is an extra 75 minute audio class Steve Laube gave on the same topic about 15 years ago. What you may find of interest is how the presentation process has changed due to the proliferation of email submissions. But also how the foundational elements of creating a good proposal have not changed over the years. This older class was presented at an American Christian Writers conference. Find out about their multiple conferences and other services at

Your Teacher

Steve Laube
Steve Laube

Steve Laube, a literary agent and president of The Steve Laube Agency, has been in the book industry for 40 years, first as a bookstore manager where he was awarded the National Store of the Year by CBA. He then spent over a decade with Bethany House Publishers and was named the Editor of the Year. He later became an agent where he has represented nearly 2,000 new books and was named Agent of the Year by ACFW. He was also inducted into the Grand Canyon University Hall-of-Fame by their College of Theology.

In addition, he is the President and publisher at Enclave Publishing and also serves as President and owner of The Christian Writers Institute. His office is in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the general editor of the annual Christian Writers Market Guide.

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