Author Sarah Such

Sarah Such is a literary agent and founder of Sarah Such Literary Agency, a thriving London-based independent representing a wide range of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction. She has been shortlisted for Literary Agent of the Year three times, and previously held a variety of senior publishing roles including publicity director at Penguin Books UK, senior editor at Hodder & Stoughton and editorial director at Duckworth. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahsuch.

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How to write a book proposal and what exactly it needs to include are two of the questions I am asked most frequently as a literary agent – and not just by new writers. Even seasoned authors and experienced journalists may not have written a book proposal previously. In any book submission process the competition will be immense and the turndown rate high, so it is worth taking the time to get a proposal right. But what does that mean?