Click on the audio play tab below to listen to the first in our series for writers called My Proposal Critiques. For those who are visiting here for the first time, we recently put out a call for book proposal submissions with an offer to critique them here on The Book Deal.
We wanted to provide a snapshot of how editors, agents, and publishers go through and consider proposals: A behind-the-scenes view of the quick and candid evaluation your proposal will receive when you send it to a literary agent or commercial book publisher.
You’ll hear me discussing what works and what doesn’t in these submissions, and some suggestions for how they could be improved. The issues I address are fairly typical, so I hope that many readers will find something to take away from the discussion, and that this gives a sense of how I work with writers to help develop their proposals and manuscripts. For those who would prefer to work with me one-on-one, please check out my Services page.
Two submissions: cosmic ambitions and scientific fairy tales
The first submission up for critique today is a proposal for an action novel about spirituality, with a large canvas and cosmic ambitions. The second is for a series of illustrated books based upon classic fairy tales to teach children about science.
Keep sending in your proposals to . We’ll be selecting another two for the next round. In the meantime, let us know through your comments if you have suggestions and ideas for what you’d like to see in this feature.
You might also be interested in checking out the second round of critiques of proposals for an adventure novel, a biography and an inspirational self-help book.