*Rubs hands* Looking forward to this . . .
Most writers are intimidated by book proposals. I can see why. Writers are writers, not salesmen, not marketers, not researchers, and not necessarily aggressive self-promoters. But all of these qualities are necessary when you are putting together your proposal.
I don’t think proposals are that hard, that is unless you don’t have a clear idea of what your book is about. And even then, I have found that in the process of writing the proposal, the writer’s ideas become clarified, the structure of the book tightened up, weaknesses become apparent, and more often than not the concept of the book gets strengthened. Writing the proposal is time well spent. And a good agent will lead you through that process.
Simply put, a book proposal is a business plan. The purpose of the proposal is to describe your book idea to a publisher and to get them excited about it. But…
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