6 Beginner Book Proposal Mistakes
When it comes to writing a book proposal, there are certain mistakes that new writers make over and over. These mistakes can kill a legitimate book proposal. You spent a year (or more) writing your book – so why would you write the quickest book proposal you can and send it off. Remember, the book proposal is often the only thing that an editor or an agent sees. They may not even get to your sample chapters if your book proposal sucks. That’s why we will be looking at six beginner mistakes that often happen with first-time book proposals. If you can avoid these mistakes, then you will be ahead of the game.
Forgetting to Include a Hook
One of things that you want to do in your opening remarks – or overview – is include a hook of some kind. The hook draws the reader in and makes them want to keep reading. It is the same way that a reader wants to keep going with your fiction. Both of these opening paragraphs need to include a hook for else you are going to find yourself seeing readers going elsewhere for their fiction.
Not Understanding the Market
If you don’t understand the book market, you’re going to have a really hard time pitching a professional marketing plan that will actually work. This is one of the pitfalls that new writers fall into. You have to know what the book market looks like, and how you are going to be competing within that market.
A Solid Promotional Plan
You need to have a solid promotional plan in place to promote your book. If you have a great book, but no one ever hears about it, then you are going to have very little success. But if you have a solid promotional plan, even if your book is not great, then you are going to see book sales that your publisher will like. That’s why a great promotional plan is so important.
A Terrible Author Bio
If your author bio is not up to scratch, then you may not be able to compete in the world of fiction. When you create a book proposal, your author bio needs to be at least as good as the other author bios out there some publishers may opt to allow you to change it, but some may reject you completely because of the author bio.
One of the things that make book proposals fail is comparing them to super-successful published works. If your book isn’t as good as The Hunger Games – don’t compare the two. Compare it to something that actually fits.
Including More Infuriation than Necessary
You also want to be careful about including more information than is necessary. There are a lot of books out there, and you probably don’t have too many unique things to say about yours. That’s why you need to limit the amount of words that you use and make sure that you emphasize the uniqueness.