I have decided to switch things up for the remainder of this series on how to write a book proposal. A number of you have encouraged me to use specific examples of things to do or not do in a book proposal.
I would like to do this, and I do think it would be useful to writers who are working on book proposals. The problem is that I don’t have permission from the writers who have sent me proposals to use excerpts of what they sent in.
So, I’d like to be your coach. In other words, I want to help someone write, edit, and otherwise craft a book proposal.
And I’d like to post about our progress on this blog so that others can learn from the work we do.
To be honest I’m not sure what shape the blog posts will take, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
My hope is that blogging about the process of creating a book proposal while actually doing it will reveal things that would not be revealed otherwise.
I also hope that some will choose to work on their own proposals right along with us. Let’s make a workshop out of this.
I’m looking for someone who:
- Will give me permission to post here about our progress, including excerpts of the proposal, to help others develop their own proposals
- Already has a solid nonfiction Christian Living book concept (Sorry novelists!)
- Is committed to prompt communication with me
- Won’t expect anything from me except coaching advice
- Is committed to finishing the proposal in four weeks or less.
- Is fun to work with!
If you’re interested, comment on this post or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a one-sentence summary of your concept and your bio. See these two posts for help:
How to Come Up with a Great Book Concept
The Very First Thing I Look at in Your Book Proposal and Why
I’ll keep this open for a few days to a week to see what kind of response comes in. My idea is to pick the series back up in the new year.
As responses come in (assuming they do!), I’ll review them and pick someone to work with. Then we’ll get to work.
If I don’t get much of a response or if for some other reason it just doesn’t seem like a good thing to do, no problem. But I thought I’d give it a whirl.
And away we go.