Welcome to round two in our series of book proposal critiques. It’s an audiocast, so to get started, just click the play button below.
Three submissions: A novel, a biography and an inspirational self-help book
The first proposal we’ll be looking at today is for an adventure novel with an environmental mission. The story is set in Africa, and confronts the conflict of our modern lifestyle versus the preservation and sustainability of nature and wildlife.
The second is a biography that promises to reveal the truth about the mysterious death and apparent rebirth of a now-forgotten American “messiah,” who practiced faith-healing in the late 1800s.
And the third is an inspiring self-help book composed of a collection of stories about women and men who have received a diagnosis of terminal cancer but against all odds lived to tell the tale.
If you missed the first round
If you missed the first round, go here to listen to an evaluation of two proposals, one for a novel and the other for a children’s book series.
For those who are here for the first time, 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.
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