Book Proposal Breakdown: How to Write Your Author Bio & Get Picked
Yay! You’re a writer! Not only that, but you have a groundbreaking book in mind and are eager to snag a literary agent.
Who are these mythical, mystical, elusive beings? Well, in the Realm of Traditional Publishing, they are your first gatekeeper. The way things typically work, you’ll query literary agents and, if one is interested, they’ll request your book proposal.
As I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this series, do not send your nonfiction manuscript or book proposal to agents or publishers unsolicited (unless specified in the submission guidelines, which is rare).
Instead: You query. You wait (often for many months). You hope you’re the one amongst tens of thousands. NBD
As someone who has not (yet) been picked, I’m by no means an expert.
I have had my book proposals reviewed by experts, however, and they gave them the green light and glowing reviews (she adds modestly, in an effort to counter the incessant internal voices asserting: So what? You still haven’t been picked!).
I’ve also spent the past two years immersed in learning about the book proposal and publishing process. Let me tell you, it’s a whole thing. And, if you’re like I was, it’s probably drastically different than you ever imagined.
Know what though? It doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If you’re seeking a next right step, this Book Proposal Breakdown series is for you. To recap…
The standard format for a book proposal is:
- Times New Roman font
- 12 pt.
- Double spaced
- Paragraph indents
- Page numbered