Even if you’ve written a book that will change the life of every person who reads it, it’s your book proposal that is the key to opening doors with literary agents, acquisitions editors, publishing boards, booksellers, and even the media.
Agents and editors receive thousands of submissions, and very few of these industry professionals will have time to read any of your manuscript, so your proposal must do the vital initial work of creating interest in you and your book.
Sending a completed manuscript unsolicited—i.e., before it’s been requested—is an immediate indicator that you are not a professional and that your manuscript would likely require a lot of extra work to edit, market, and sell.
There are nuances to even the simplest information in a book proposal, nuances that telegraph whether the writer is a professional or an amateur. These small details will tell an acquisitions editor either that you’ve been around the block and are going to be easy to work with, or that you have little knowledge of—or regard for—the art and mechanics of book publishing.
Due to the demands and their time and very real budgetary concerns, publishing pros can manage to read only a limited number of projects each year.
If an agent or editor is faced with deciding between two book projects with similar potential, the proposal that requires less work up front has a significant advantage.
The time you put into your book proposal will ultimately save time for the people who will work on your behalf in the future, because you’ve already answered many of their questions. This 6-week Intensive is designed to help you focus your time (and your proposal) to save you and others time in the long run.