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Feb. 15, 2016

Writer’s Tip for the Day

Writing an Eye-catching Proposal (for Fiction)

There’s nothing more important than learning how to write an eye-catching proposal. In the next few blogs we’ll analyze the components of one of my proposals. The latest one I wrote went to an agent after I tweaked it to her specs. She liked what she saw and offered to submit my Amish fiction series to publishers.

So, let’s get started with some vital information every writer needs to know to be able to introduce himself/herself professionally to an agent or an editor.

Components of an Eye-Catching Proposal

  1. Title Page
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Synopsis
  4. About the Author (Bio and Credits)
  5. Character Sketches
  6. First Three Chapters of the Manuscript
  7. Synopsis of Other Books in the Series (if writing a series)
  8. Market Potential and Competitive Analysis
  9. Marketing Plan
  10. Projected Time of Completion

Now, these ten components are not set in stone. Editors and agents have different guidelines for proposals. If you get that email or letter giving you the initiative to proceed with your proposal, the agent or editor should offer his guidelines for the proposal. If not, then ask. Sometimes, these components will be in a different order or several might not even be included in that agent’s or editor’s proposal specs.

Today we’ll look at the title page and the Table of Contents from my proposal for THE AMISH LOVES OF SNYDER COUNTY:

(Page one of the proposal; information centered on page)

LOVE SONG FOR LOUELLEN

PROPOSAL FOR

CONTEMPORARY AMISH ROMANCE FICTION FOR ADULTS

 

BOOK ONE IN THE

AMISH LOVES of SNYDER COUNTY SERIES

By Marsha Hubler

1833 Dock Hill Rd.

Middleburg,PA 17842

1-570-837-0002

marshahubler@wildblue.net

 

(Page two of the proposal)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Synopsis ……….…………………………………………….3

About the Author …..……………………………………6

Character Sketches/Backdrop ………………………7

Sample Chapters: One, Two, Three ……………..9

Synopses for Book Two and Three of Series ..50

Marketing Information ………………………………55

Date of Completion ……………………………………55

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So there you have the start of a proposal that just might catch the editor’s eye.

Next time we’ll look at “About the Author” and some character sketches.

If at any time in this proposal journey you have questions about your own proposal, please don’t hesitate to email me at marshahubler@wildblue.net .

Marsha

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