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Ask for my free Crash Course Critique with phone consultation of up to 60 minutes.

 

Schedule permitting, I'm offering an in-depth manuscript analysis/critique of 10 pages of your novel or nonfiction book. It's a great opportunity to get to know a new editor while gaining awareness of how to capitalize on your strengths and address your challenges.

 

Please email me your inquiry, and I'll be in touch if I can accommodate you. In your email (subject line: Crash Course Critique), a couple of lines about the following will be helpful:

  • How would you describe your work to a potential reader?
  • Who is your ideal readership?
  • What is the stage of completion? For example, is this a first draft, advanced draft, somewhere in the middle?
  • What are you looking for in an editor? Feedback, technique, line-editing, encouragement, something else, or all of the above?
  • Is this your first book? If not, what else have you written/published?
  • Tell me anything else you'd like me to know about you and your work.

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How NOT to hate writing a book proposal

I know what you might be thinking. Give me one good reason why I shouldn't hate the idea of writing a book proposal. I'LL GIVE YOU THREE GOOD REASONS.

 

1.   A good proposal serves as a blueprint for a compelling and coherent book that is unique in the marketplace and serves the needs of your target readers. Isn't it better to have that blueprint before you start than risk the chance of having to tear down what you've built and start from scratch because you didn't research the market or refine your idea?

 

2.   The process of researching and writing your proposal can get you all fired up about how great your book is. If it's having  the opposite effect, then it can inspire you to re-think your concept and come up with an idea that really keeps you fired up for the long haul.

 

3.   It serves as the foundation from which you will eventually publicize your book when it gets published. By the time you've perfected your proposal, you've become such an expert on how this book touches a chord with the public that you are able to succinctly and brilliantly express your conviction to other people.

 

Many writers of nonfiction books who are experts in their fields are not necessarily experts in explaining why people should want to read their book. Often we are so close to the work that we can't express ourselves clearly in terms that the sales department of the publishing house can repeat to the bookstores.

 

But after having worked on a good book proposal, you the author will be an expert in explaining why the public should buy your book and what they will gain from it.

        

So, now you know why it's good for you. But let's say you still feel less than enthusiastic, or intimidated, or overwhelmed. I'm going to show you how to break through those blocks with a powerful exercise.

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