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Launched in 2021, the Book Pipeline Workshop reviews unpublished manuscripts, proposals, synopses, and queries, helping authors identify key issues early on in their writing process with an experienced team of editors.

Both fiction and nonfiction accepted. Submissions are considered for direct circulation to literary agents and publishers in Book Pipeline's network, and additional long-term development is provided to select "Recommend" authors.

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Fiction - $175

A broad analysis of the first 5,000 words (appx.) and a 1-3 page full story synopsis.

Nonfiction - $325

A broad analysis of your full nonfiction proposal.

Full Synopsis - $75

A broad analysis of your 1-3 page full story synopsis (fiction only).

Query Letter - $75

Unlike the Fiction, Nonfiction, and Full Synopsis services, the Query Letter evaluation offers in-document edits on your 1 page query letter, as well as a 1 paragraph summary of the editor's feedback.

Editors

All readers are comprised of our in-house editors who have years of experience in reading manuscripts, proposals, and synopses. 

Erica Davis

Erica Davis is a freelance editor and writer from Buffalo, NY. After a 20-year career as an academic editor, researcher, and college writing instructor, Erica honed her editorial feedback skills in publishing. First, as an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, then as an agency apprentice at Fuse Literary. Her specialty is the development of plot, voice, and tone in middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Her approach to feedback is holistic and solutions-based. When she’s not editing, Erica interviews authors and reviews books for a global resource site for horror writers.

Ciara Duggan 

Ciara Duggan graduated with her MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University where she worked as a writing fellow, editing students’ academic and creative works, and later taught undergraduate writing courses. She has freelanced as an editor and ghostwriter for fiction writers and screenwriters alike, in addition to tutoring ESL students wishing to attend college in the US. She now works at Harvard University where she assists in editing faculty research cases and articles for popular distribution. Her debut YA fantasy novel was released in Fall 2021. Not only does she write her own stories, but she loves to help other writers translate their ideas to the page.

Jessica Eslinger  

Jessica Eslinger is part editor and part librarian—a thorough word nerd! She has copywriting, content writing, and editing experience with a variety of formats and clients, and is always excited and curious about the way we say what we say. She has extensive experience with “young” writers, and has thus developed a knack for helping writers of all levels with strategy and clarity.

Karen Krumpak

Karen Krumpak is a freelance editor with over ten years of experience helping writers bring their ideas to the page. She received her MA degree in English Literature and Culture Studies from the University of Cincinnati and her undergraduate degrees in English Literature, History, and Classical Languages focusing on Latin from Miami University. A former editor with Writer’s Digest magazine and Writer’s Digest books, she now works with publishers and authors of fiction, nonfiction, and select poetry.

Mara Raden

Mara Raden is a pen for hire, often engaged professionally as a writer, teacher, consultant and filmmaker. She has over twenty years of experience working in publishing, journalism, theatre, television and film. Mara has extensive experience in writing and editing nonfiction, fiction, science fiction and journalism for print as well as media. She specializes in consulting and mentoring writers in narrative storytelling, character development, comedy and dialogue for print and media. Mara is a sought after ghostwriter and mentor. She can be found presently, writing, teaching, hosting workshops and developing projects in literature, media and for the stage in Santa Fe, NM and Los Angeles, CA. Her approach to writing and development is deeply collaborative.

FAQs

How do I submit?

Click "submit" at the top or bottom of this page and follow the on-screen prompts. You'll receive a confirmation email with further info after registering.

Can I request a specific editor?

Yes, authors may request a specific editor amongst those listed in the Editors tab. Note that availability may be limited, depending on their individual schedules.

Do I need a completed manuscript?

Manuscripts do not have to be completed to request an Evaluation. What we review:

Fiction Evaluations - the first ~5,000 words plus the full synopsis (1-3 pages)
Nonfiction Evaluations (including Memoir) - the full proposal
Full Synopsis Evaluations - the full synopsis (1-3 pages)
Query Letters Evaluations - the full query letter (1 page)

Can an Evaluation lead to agent/publisher circulation?

If one of our editors recommends your work to Book Pipeline executives, we'll consider circulation to publishers and agents within our industry network.

We also work long-term with writers and assist them in finding the outlets most well-suited for their story. Note that Book Pipeline does NOT take a percentage of any publication fee or advance, nor do we personally represent authors. We simply help make introductions to industry.

Please note that “Full Synopsis” and “Query Letter” submissions are NOT considered for industry circulation. 

How should I format my submission?

Standard formatting preferred:

  • 12-point, double-spaced text
  • Standard font—Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier

PDF or Word docs as email attachments only. Hardcopies via mail are not reviewed.

If my submission is a few hundred words over the 5,000 word limit, is that okay?

That’s completely fine. If you want to send in selected text—say, the first two chapters—and a natural break occurs around 6,000 words, that’s acceptable. 

What should I include in my synopsis?

It should be a general summary of the story, hitting on the major plot points, beginning to end. If you have part one of a broader series, you can send an overview summary of the entire series.

What should I include in my proposal?

While nonfiction proposals can vary widely in both length and content, generally included are (but not necessarily in this order): a general overview; the book’s potential position in the marketplace; the author’s platform/background; relevant comparative, already-published titles; a plan for marketing the book; a chapter-by-chapter outline; and sample chapters.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and it's highly advised to seek out samples so you can properly structure your proposal.

What should I include in my query letter?

While query letters can vary in content, generally included in this 1 page document are (but not necessarily in this order): the book’s title; word count of full manuscript; genre; age category; a brief story “hook;” an author bio/introduction; and its potential position in the marketplace. 

Highly advised to seek out samples so you can properly structure your query letter prior to submitting.

Can international writers submit?

Yes. Writers outside the US are welcome to submit their work, so long as the text is in English.

What is not eligible?

Novellas, Short Stories, Poetry, Plays, Graphic Novels, Screenplays, Pilots, or anything else that is not an unpublished, full-length work of fiction or nonfiction.

Contact our coordinator with any other questions.

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