Book proposals. Just the thought of writing one is enough to make me shudder! It ranks right up there with crafting a query or synopsis. They're all difficult to write but things most of us will have to put our hand to at one point.
I recently finished writing a book proposal with the help of my agent, Rachelle Gardner. Thankfully, Word Serve Literary has a template, and so Rachelle emailed me the form I needed to use, which took some of the pain out of the process!
Once I downloaded the template, I spent several days writing and filling in the various aspects. Then I sent it back to Rachelle for her to tweak. She did an excellent job of polishing everything to a beautiful shine and effortlessly blending both of my completed books into one proposal.
She sent the finished proposal back to me so that I could check it over and make any further changes. Fortunately, I'd just had a photo shoot and could switch my old author picture for a fresh, new one. (Yes, that's it in the sidebar!)
Finally, when we both felt the proposal was the best it could be, she sent it to the publishing house and editor she wanted to target first. Rachelle had networked an editor at the Write to Publish Conference and perked his interest in my project. And so for the time being, she has given him a one month exclusive.
Now I'm discovering a new kind of waiting--waiting for an editor to read my proposal and decide if he would like to see the fulls of both books! As we've always heard, the best antidote for waiting is to send off the project and forget about it. So, I'm trying to do that by plunging into the research for my next book which I'm really excited about.
I'm also starting on my website with a little help from blogging friend, Jill Kemerer, who wrote an excellent article about setting up websites. (Click here to read it.) I'm delighted that this week I have the privilege of finally meeting Jill over coffee!
So, that's my update! How do you feel when you think about having to write a book proposal?! Do you shudder too? Join me on Wednesday for a closer look at the nitty gritty of writing a proposal.