Wondering How an Agent or Publisher Will Read Your Book Proposal?

Margot reviews your proposal* and provides you with bulleted instructions to make it as compelling as possible. Her main interest in serving you is to let you know how an agent or editor will view your work and to make sure it's serving your reader well.

*Before contracting for a full book proposal review, check out the Book Proposal Viability Assessment. This abridged review can save you time and energy by nipping potential trouble spots in the bud!

FAQ

What Do I Get?

When you contract to get a full book proposal review, Margot provides a detailed report about what's working well in your proposal, what can be strengthened, and what should be avoided. She'll also suggest best next-steps to help you reach your publishing goals.

What happens after I receive my review?

Ideally, you'll return to your proposal with energy, imagination, and determination, to implement some or all of the changes Margot suggests. If you have used up all of your energy on the proposal, and only want to hear "great job," this service is not for you. But if you're serious about making your proposal as strong as it can be, you will be equipped with the guidance you need to do that.

What's the difference between a full book proposal and a book proposal viability assessment?

Important question! The full book proposal review is for proposals that the author believes are ready to be viewed by agents and publishers. The book proposal viability assessment, however, is meant for book proposals in their earliest stages. 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.

Why hire Margot?

A: As the author of seven books, and ghostwriter on others, Margot offers valuable publishing experience. She understands what agents and publishers are looking for in projects and in authors. Margot is passionate about effective communication and will guide you in creating the strongest proposal possible. She'll also shoot straight with you about the viability of your project, as well as suggest how you can increase the likelihood of publication. Margot, holding a Master's of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, engages your faith-based project with thoughtful theological analysis.
 
"From the first random email I sent Margot to the final receipt of her proposal review, I've loved working with Margot. She's quick, funny, real, and honest in a way that doesn't hurt your heart. And as writers, we need all the kind critiques we can get!

Margot turned my proposal around quickly and gave me invaluable feedback. I can't believe I didn't know about her with my first proposal bomb. I'd also highly recommend her book, Writing Nonfiction Proposals That Shine. I adhered to her tips in that book before sending my proposal for review and it gave new, solid perspective I'd previously been missing. ​​
Erin Whitmer, Writer
"I felt so encouraged in the midst of the editing process. I am so grateful for your warmth, wisdom, and humor. Thank you for your patience and valuable insights. I feel very thankful and blessed to have met you."​
Nicole Zasowski, Therapist and Writer
"First let me just say: you wowed my socks off. Seriously. I don't know if this has been a beat down on your end, but I love the way you edit/comment. So helpful."
Julie Pierce, Leadership Coach
"Margot, I am so grateful to have you on my team. I finally feel like I'm not swimming in mud. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!"
Charlotte Getz
"I attended your Nonfiction Book Proposal workshop at the Festival of Faith and Writing. I greatly appreciated the information that you so freely dispensed. You examples were clear, and your points straightforward. Including participants, always a risky option, really helped drive home your points. Most of all, I thank you for your wonderful spirit and enthusiasm."
Bruce Stambaugh