Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I hope you didn’t get too excited by the blog title. Unfortunately, we’re not talking about marriage proposals this week. (But wouldn’t that be fun?!) I’m not qualified to instruct others on how to pop the question, but I can help you with book proposals. This week I’m preparing three proposals to shop to publishers, so we’ll talk through common mistakes as I see them.
Let’s get started!
Lesson 1: Be sure that your chapter outline or synopsis and your brief description reflect what is in your chapters.
This is a surprisingly common mistake, and I’m betting it’s because there are two ways to write a book. Some of you outline first and write later; others write first and then put the proposal and outline together. As a writer, you need to do what is best for you, but in the case of putting together an accurate proposal, those who write the proposal after writing the sample chapters will likely have an easier time.
If you do write the book after you’ve written down the chapter descriptions, you’re likely to change the book’s direction, at least slightly, as you write. Be sure to go back after you’ve created the chapters to double-check the book content with the descriptions.
How do you write? Do you outline first and then write, or do you write first and outline after?
Also, if you want to share your marriage proposal story, I’d love to hear it! I’m a complete romantic. 🙂