Monday, August 20, 2007

Book Proposal- The Overview

  • Title page
  • Overview
  • The Market
  • The Competition
  • About the Author
  • Publicity
  • Annotated Table of Contents
  • Sample Material

So now that the title page is complete, it's time to think about the body of the proposal. In 2-5 pages, you now get to summarize the book that took you 50,000+ words to write. Oh my! What is important about this is it's the first glimpse at your actual writing ability. So, don't even think about starting with, "My book is about..." Start with a bang. Start with something that says to an editor, "Oh my gosh, I've got to read on." Use the same style you used in writing the book.

For my particular book, this was a difficult part to write. I thought it'd be easy. But I'm in love with my book. I know it inside and out. I know all the great turns and twists. So why was it so hard? Well, because I know it inside and out...I know all the great turns and twists. I wanted to add every part that was interesting and compelling. So here's what I did; I gathered a pile of books from my bookshelf. I stacked them up and then read the inside and back cover of each. Since I had read them all, I knew what the stories inside entailed. And yet, reading the back cover was a great education.

Those short paragraphs, made me want to read the book all over again. It's the blurb you read in the bookstore. It's the words that make you want to buy the book, not because you already know all of the details, but because you don't. And you want to now. After my self-induced research, I was able to write the overview quite easily.

-Karen

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