Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I want today to feel like a Friday free-for-all, so opening this comment section up for you after I describe what I see as the most important “why” and “how” question you need to ask before putting together your proposal.
I see the main question as: Why (or how) will this book make a difference for the reader?
The answer often is related to your thesis. What is the takeaway? Why should the reader pick up your book over some other book? Why is your book going to be worth the money spent on it? The answer to these questions will help you to determine if this is the project you should be putting your time into. If you don’t have a strong answer, then you should restructure or move on to a new idea. If you do have a good answer, be sure that it comes across loud and clear in your proposal because editors, agents, and marketers will be looking for the answer. Why should they pick your book to publish, represent or market over the hundreds of other books they could choose?
Do you have any other questions that are important to ask before or during the proposal process? Feel free to answer questions, too. I’ll pop in at some point as well.
Have a wonderful weekend!