Monday, August 27, 2012

The Proposal, part three

Here are part one, part two and part 2.2!! 

By this point, you should have a title, a hook and a teaser paragraph. And your name and contact information, of course. ;)

Next up? You can go one of two ways. A lot of people just hop straight into the synopsis, but you could also pause here and add a Theme and an About the Author, which I would recommend, though either way is fine.

Your Theme is a good place to put either a Bible verse that inspired you to write this story or the basic "this is what my character/readers will get out of this book" idea. Try to steer away from being preachy and go more for generalizations like, "[Insert main character's name] learns to trust God's will for her life rather than rely on her own control."

The About the Author section is a VERY important section. Be sure to write down every writing-related experience you've had or every place you've been published if this is your first novel. Also, look beyond just writing experience. For example, if you're writing a novel about a deep sea diver and you are a deep sea diver, put that down as well. When I wrote Miss Match, I made sure I put down that I was the age of the characters I was writing about so that the publisher knew I had a real "voice" when it came to my character.

As always, if you've got questions, comments or concerns, please let us know!! :)


  1. This was an interesting post. Hey, I don't know I can request a topic or not, but I think a post about writing a good "Elevator Pitch" would be interesting and informative.

    1. You can definitely request a topic! I'll keep that one in mind!!