Book Proposals

Is your project ready to submit?

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Recently I received two queries that I thought held promise. So I asked to see the proposals and first chapters. On close inspection, I found both projects weren’t ready to be submitted. As I list the …

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Book Proposals Mean Business

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Last week I blogged on three criteria agents use to assess your readiness for representation (here). Today let’s focus on what goes into the first of these: your proposal. The following tips will be …

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What Makes You and Your Proposal Impressive?

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

The fact there is more competition for fewer publishing slots makes the goal of getting your book published by a traditional publisher more challenging. So let’s address that elephant in the room right off the bat. My …

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Word Count Confusion

Mary Keeley

Blogger: Mary Keeley

Did you know that every little detail you include–or leave out–in your book proposal reveals something about you? That’s why we stress on this blog that you need to put as much effort into preparing it as …

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3 flaws in your query that shout “beginner”

Janet Grant

Blogger: Janet Kobobel Grant

Few experiences are more instructive about what-not-to-do in your writing than working your way through the queries and proposals editors or agents receive. I can’t make my stack of reading available to you, but I can …

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Competing for Readers

Wendy Lawton

Blogger: Wendy Lawton

One of the parts of the proposal that often stymies writers is the competitive analysis section. That’s where the writer is asked to tell what books are similar to his, while highlighting why his offers a different …

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How Novella Collections are Formed

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

A Match Made in TexasThis month, my client Regina Jennings has a novella releasing in A Match Made in Texas with Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox and Mary Connealy. I’ve only read Regina’s story so far, but I’m excited to read the …

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Tips to help you define your nonfiction audience

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

Writing a nonfiction book that has been on your heart is great, but figuring out if that book has an audience and who those readers are is essential before you decide to pitch your project to publishing …

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Manuscript Checklist

Mary Keeley

Almost all of the writers conferences are over for the year. Now begins the busy time of refining, rewriting, editing, and polishing to make your manuscript ready for agents’ and editors’ scrutiny. I’m going to point out a few things …

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Don’t Say This In Your Query

Rachelle Gardner

Blogger: Rachelle Gardner

“Ever since I was a kid, red velvet cake has been my favorite.”

I know you’d never put that in your query (unless your book is about red velvet cake). But agents typically want you to include …

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