Margot offers two levels of of book concept / book proposal review:

1. Basic Nonfiction Book Concept Viability Assessment

If you’ve been working toward producing a publisher-ready book proposal, but want to have professional eyes on it sooner rather than later, our book concept viability assessment may be just what you need. When you submit a portion of your nonfiction book proposal—which Margot will specify—you’ll receive a brief assessment, from a book industry veteran, to help you see your proposal through the lens that agents and publishers will be using.

Like our full proposal review, this brief assessment will give you insight into the important questions agents and publishers will be asking of your proposal:

· Is there a unique premise?

· Have you offered a compelling hook to draw in the reader?

· Is there a market of readers with a palpable felt-need, waiting to read this book?

· Have you built a platform that will sell books?

· Does the writing shine?

Margot will let you know the strengths of your project, what can be improved, and what might be a deal breaker. She will also suggest “next steps” to guide you in your writing journey.

This viability assessment is a valuable opportunity for writers who want to test the waters before polishing a final book proposal for agents or publishers.

2. Full Nonfiction Book Proposal Review

Like the Basic Nonfiction Book Concept Viability Assessment, a full book proposal review will give you insight into the important questions agents and publishers will be asking of your proposal:

· Is there a unique premise?

· Have you offered a compelling hook to draw in the reader?

· Is there a market of readers with a palpable felt-need, waiting to read this book?

· Have you built a platform that will sell books?

· Does the writing shine?

You will also receive a more thorough report about what’s working well in your proposal, what can be strengthened, and what should be avoided. Margot will give detailed suggestions about structure, content, writing, and how best to serve readers. She will also suggest best next-steps to help you reach your publishing goals.

Like our basic assessment, the goal of this review isn’t to give writers pats on the back, thumbs ups, or gold stars. A full proposal review will give you valuable feedback that—if considered and implemented judiciously—can take your proposal to the next level so it can spark the interest of publishers and, more importantly, serve readers well.

What’s the difference between a basic book concept viability assessment and a full book proposal review?

Important question! The full book proposal review is for proposals that the author believes are at the finish line, and are ready to be viewed by agents and publishers. The basic book concept viability assessment, however, is meant for book proposals still in development. It’s for savvy authors who want to develop the best proposal possible, and are willing to do that at the front end of the project. We recommend beginning with a book concept viability assessment before investing in a full book proposal review.

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This is service is provided by Margot Starbuck, a graduate of Princeton Seminary and Westmont College, who is passionate about effective communication.

Collaborative/Ghost Writer

Margot serves publishers as a collaborative writer and ghostwriter, helping others tell their amazing stories. (More on this, and Margot’s editing/consulting work HERE!)

Consultant

Margot also serves publishers and writers as both a literary midwife—helping authors birth the books that are in their hearts through book proposal and manuscript evaluations—and also as a book doctor, stepping in when manuscripts need resuscitation.

Author

Her first book, The Girl in the Orange Dress: Searching For a Father Who Does Not Fail, was awarded the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association’s best nonfiction book of the year for 2011. She’s also the author of six other Christian living books. Not Who I Imagined was a 2015 Selah Awards finalist for Christian Living. Margot is represented by WordServe Literary and is a member of Redbud Writer’s Guild.

Speaker

Margot enjoys connecting with audiences on campuses and at conferences, retreats and festivals. Some clients include Messiah College, Wheaton College Center for the Application of Christian Ethics, Friends University, MOPs International, Young Life Women’s Weekend, Urban Promise Ministry Summit, Lifest and the Wild Goose Festival.

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