You’ve written a book you think could be a best-seller. Now there’s only one thing standing between you and a big publishing deal: a literary agent.
On the Ploughshares Blog, Steph Auteri offers some great advice on how to make your book proposal stand out from the dozens or hundreds of other pitches the agent of your dreams received that week.
Take a look at her Checklist of Book Proposal Essentials to Go Through Before You Start Schmoozing Agents for the full details, or read my quick summary below.
A compelling book proposal should have:
1. A catchy title and subtitle. Though the publisher could always change the name of the book later on, you want to give them the sense right from the start that this book is a finished product.
2. An irresistible book description. You’re a writer — so take time writing your book description too. Make it shine from the very first sentence. Convey what is both unique and universal about your book. If you don’t, the agent will most certainly move on to the next proposal in the pile.Read More...