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How to Write a Book Proposal

Jun 29, 2022

How to Write a Book Proposal

Called Creatives Book Proposal Template

Are you looking for ways to make your proposal shine and stay at the top of an agent or publisher’s stack? Agents and editors receive hundreds if not thousands of these a month but are looking for the unique proposals they can’t say no to. One of the most asked questions in the Called Creatives Community is how to write a book proposal. We took the guesswork out of it and created a book proposal template just for you! But before you start typing everything out, read on to find out five specific things to consider as you prepare.

Readability:

  • You may be tempted to make your proposal shine by adding an abundance of words and glittery graphics, but publishing professionals don’t necessarily need all that. They are concerned about the content so make sure your proposal is clean, clear and organized in a way that is easy to read.

Platform:

  • The word platform seems to intimidate because of the emphasis on influencers with multiple thousands of followers. But platform strength is not just about the numbers, although an email list, author website and an engaged social media presence is important. A multitude of followers do not always equal consistent engagement. Does the message you share in multiple arenas resonate with others? How are you engaged on social media? In what ways are you getting your message out there? 

Growth:

  • Being a part of an online coaching community like Called Creatives is a big plus to agents and editors. Not only do these communities give you access to amazing resources, but your involvement shows that you are taking your writing career seriously. Publishers want to know that you have done— and are continuing to do—your homework. This includes conferences you’ve attended, networks, groups, and others areas that are relevant to your book and target audience.

Uniqueness:

  • What makes your timeless message unique and relatable to the felt needs of your target audience? You definitely want to include comparables as a part of your proposal. As you research similar books, take notes of how your’s differs. Remember, this is not how your book is better, but the reasons why a reader should pick up your book. 

Connections:

  • What other blogs, podcasts, and platforms have you been featured on? Have you had any speaking opportunities at conferences or gatherings? This is important information to include in your proposal because it combines much of what is shared above. This indicates the engagement of your message, your expertise, and your connections. This also helps your personal platform because you are essentially borrowing the audience of what you’ve been featured on. That is helpful for editors to see as they consider the salability of your project. 

Skills:

  • What skills can you bring to the table that are a beneficial part of the publishing process? Maybe you are a skilled graphic designer and can give valuable input into your cover? Are you a photographer, videographer, podcast editor? Have you dabbled in the past in marketing, website building or jewelry making? Those skills may be beneficial to your marketing, book launch and reader engagement.

These are just some of the areas to consider as you prepare to write your proposal. Publishing professionals are eager to partner with someone who is passionate about their project and shows a willingness to get their message out there. There is much more to glean so don’t forget your free book proposal template and to join our Called Creatives Community for more!

Are you ready to take your proposal to the next level? At Called Creatives, our desire is to help women like you write and speak with influence and impact. Join us for access to additional topics, exclusive training and connection opportunities. Our content is specifically cultivated to help you succeed in whatever form your calling takes. 



We hope these tips help you make the best decisions for your career! 

At Called Creatives our desire is to help women like you write and speak with influence and impact. Join us for access to additional topics, exclusive training and connection opportunities. Our content is specifically cultivated to help you succeed in whatever form your calling takes. 

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