You are ready to put together your proposal for the book God has laid on your heart. You know you need to write it. But how should you approach the topic? What makes your take on the topic a unique one? This is very important to consider before you start writing your proposal.
We receive hundreds of query letters each year and many of them are on the same topics. We get books on marriage, prayer, dating, anxiety, trusting God, divorce, grief and many other very important topics that apply to each of us in our lives at one time or another. And many of these books are not books we can take on because they have already been done. The angle isn’t unique. The writing isn’t special. The book doesn’t grab the reader or provide anything new in a crowded book market. So how can you find a unique angle? Here are a few tips to help you dig deep.
- Think of your idea in reverse. Remember the movie How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days where the lead character decides to write a “how to” dating article in reverse by doing a social experiment to drive a man away instead of attracting him? Can you apply the “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days treatment” to your book topic? Instead of writing about being a good friend, write about how you have failed as a friend in the past. Or if you have faced grief, talk about what went badly in your approach to grief and encourage others that they don’t need to make those same mistakes. Try to approach your topic from a different angle.
- Think about what YOU bring to the topic. What experiences do you have that are different from what others have? What expertise do you have that others don’t? What makes you the one to write this book? Focus in on the unique angle you can bring because of who you are and what you have experienced in your life.
- Make sure your writing is strong. By being a good writer, you will surpass many others who are trying to get a book published. Many writers haven’t taken the time to master the craft and beautiful writing really does stand out. It can make the difference with getting an agent. And great writing can be the thing that pushes a publishing committee to decide to publish a book.
I hope this helps you as you start in on your next proposal! Remember to do your best to showcase how your book will be unique.