Writing Tip: Book Proposal

Sorry for the lack of posts for the last two days. Ramadan is kicking the crap out of me and I’m working full time on top of it. Enough of that thought because I got some writing pointers for you all.

I recently saw this via twitter and thought I’d pass it along. Writer, Jill Williamson, offers 10 reasons why writing a book proposal BEFORE writing your book is a great idea.This might reaffirm the beliefs that are held by people who think planning your story before hand is the way to go while converting others who thought otherwise (like moi!).

10 Reasons to Write a Fiction Book Proposal Before You Write Your Book

By Jill Williamson

Everyone is different. Not all writers like to get organized before they start to write. But after I published a few books and got an agent, I learned that authors with a few traditionally published books out there don’t necessarily have to keep writing full novels to sell them. Once you’ve proven yourself, you can sell a fiction book off a proposal. I did this this past year with my upcoming bookCaptives.

But there are other reasons why it’s smart to write a little book proposal before starting a new book. Here are ten reasons why:

1. You’ll know your story. 
Your three-act structure will be sound. You’ll have brainstormed a beginning, middle, and end that makes sense. And writing a synopsis will have forced you to create the overall plot and ending.

2. You’ll know your characters 
Your main characters will already have solid goals, and you’ll know how your characters will change or grow through the story.

3. You’ll know your theme
Though this may change once you do write the book and your story gets a life of its own.

4. You’ll know your audience 

5. You’ll know your competition 
You’ll know which titles are similar to yours, how to make your book different, and how your book will stand out from your competition. This is very important in convincing a publisher why they should publish your book.

Want to know what the other five reasons are? It’s only fair to check out the original site here.

An example of a proposal can be seen on the site. It might seem like something you’d do later on in your career when you can just propose a book idea without having to actually write the manuscript but it’s great practice for even the first book (which you still need to write a full manuscript for…unless your Oprah or someone else who’s famous).

Hope this was helpful,

A. A. Omer

I promise to put up a post on white washing in pop culture and media (ie. films, television, books) at some point tomorrow. 🙂

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