I’ve been working on my presentation for Jot: The GR Writers Mini-Conference and it got me wondering:
If you were to listen to a short talk from a publisher about book proposals, what would you want to know?
My talk that night will be 15 to 20 minutes in length. I’m planning on having a handout with an example book proposal that’s prepared well and another example of one that is prepared poorly. I’m also tentatively planning on framing it this way: “5 Things Every Book Proposal Should Include.”
However, is that too predictable? Sometimes articles or talks that start with “X Things about Y” really start to bore me. Yet, it’s a formula for communicating a message that makes sense to a lot of people, so I’m hesitant to do away with it.
And is this content even what people are interested in learning about? I can make my own guesses, but I thought I’d start by asking you.
So tell me, what do you want to know about book proposals?