I offer a self-study course on nonfiction book proposals. A book proposal argues why your book idea is a salable, marketable product.
Here's a sneak peek at the question Dear Pamela will be answering in September. If you are thinking about the synopsis of your book--for your own clarity, for a book query to an agent, or for a book proposal to a publisher, you'll definitely want to read this advice column.
The good news is that Dear Pamela is currently swamped with memoir coaching and her own writing for a new series of books.
The bad news is this situation means she will only be able to answer your questions on an every other month basis. Be sure to use the Subject Line: Dear Pamela, I DO have a question. I have finished the first draft of my memoir and am currently working on a Proposal for submission to agents.
I also have a friend met at a writing conference who is just a little ahead of me in the game and is ready to submit to agents manuscript professionally edited, proposal ready to go. She has, however, built her proposal completely online and I wonder if this is a newer trend.
Her website is password locked, so that she can provide access to agents or publishers that are interested, once a query letter has been received and they want more information. Is this the wave of the future?
The subject of memoir proposals is perplexing, not because the contents and organization of the memoir proposal are especially difficult, but because there are contradictory positions on whether memoirs require proposals at all. Some agents do not ask for memoir proposals because, like fiction, memoir is fundamentally about narrative, storyline, characters, and voice.
My suggestion, however, is to take time to prepare a thorough and well-thought out proposal. And by writing a completed proposal, you will have all the elements, from query to sample chapter, assembled and ready to go if requested.
Also, a well-written proposal shows an agent that you have thought deeply about all aspects of your book. Listed below are the contents of a typical memoir proposal, along with my tips, comments and suggestions.
Your proposal should be double-spaced and paginated. Begin each section on a new page. Table of Contents This is a guide to the contents of your proposal not to your memoir and the page where each subject can be found. Summary The agent or publisher quickly browses through piles of proposals.
Make your summary stand out. Imagine yourself browsing in a bookstore or online, looking for a good memoir to curl up with. Write something intriguing, in a page or two. Here is an example from one of my favorite memoirs, Rocket Boys, by Homer Hickam: With the grace of a natural storyteller, Homer Hickam looks back after a distinguished NASA career to tell his own true story of growing up in a dying coal town and of how, against the odds, he made his dreams of launching rockets into outer space come true.Some agents don’t require a book proposal for memoir, while others want only the book proposal and the first few chapters.
Some agents may even ask for both the proposal and the complete manuscript if you’re an unpublished author. Most nonfiction: You must write a book proposal (basically like a business plan for your book) that will. Writing an Irresistible Book Proposal If you prepare a salable proposal, you can get paid to write your book.
And I believe that what you’re about to read is the fastest, easiest way to get the best possible editor, publisher, and deal for your book.
Writing a Great Book Proposal Is How to Sell Your Book to a Publisher. It takes me months to finish writing a book proposal. In fact, for my travel adventure memoir, I’ve been working on the proposal on-and-off for the last two years, and even then, my agent is asking for a rewrite. Even more so than practical non-fiction, your narrative or memoir proposal needs to serve as a microcosm for your book as a whole, so the proposal has to . The disadvantage is that a memoir book proposal may be up to 25 pages in length just to cover the business proposals and market research that you’ll need to present. And if you’ve already finished your memoir, you’re still going to need to write a full proposal to .
If it’s a narrative book like a memoir, it could be a compelling paragraph from. Even more so than practical non-fiction, your narrative or memoir proposal needs to serve as a microcosm for your book as a whole, so the proposal has to .
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The disadvantage is that a memoir book proposal may be up to 25 pages in length just to cover the business proposals and market research that you’ll need to present.
And if you’ve already finished your memoir, you’re still going to need to write a full proposal to . If you decide to write a commercial memoir and intend to sell it to a traditional publisher, bear in mind that you will have to, at some point, submit a book proposal.
As well as providing details about the target market and your book’s place within it, a book proposal will also contain a .