Writing a Proposal
So, you’ve written a book. That’s great! Now comes the difficult part: getting an agent (middle man between you and publishers). In order to attain an agent, you will need to write a proposal. In a proposal, you’ll explain what your book is all about. It’s important to make it short, as agents don’t have time to read long proposals due to the big number of proposals that they receive on a daily basis. Make it four paragraphs long at the most. You should write it, and then leave it alone for a couple of days before coming back to it. If you do this, you’ll catch errors and write the best proposal that you possibly can. The last paragraph you should make it about you. Agents want to know who you are and what you have to offer, because you need to remember, publishing a book is a business for different parties. If you have a YouTube channel that has subscribers or a Twitter or Facebook page with a lot of followers, you should notify it to agents on the last paragraph, especially if you’re a first-time writer. At the end of the day, agents and publishers want to make money, so they’ll be glad to know that you have a loyal following that is interested in what you have to say.
2015 Guide to Literary Agents
In order to know which agents to send your proposal to, you need to purchase the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents. A new edition of this guide is published every year. It’s considered by many people in industry as the most trusted guide to getting published. In the back of this book, you’ll find a list of agents. You’ll just have to find the category for your genre and under it, you’ll find the name of agent companies, which you can just type in a browser and the official website will pop up. (If you don’t have the money to buy the book, go to Amazon and click on the preview, scroll down, and copy the names of the agents that are in the genre category that goes hand in hand with your book.)
Pick Yourself up after a Rejection
You should send it to at least 100 agents. It’s important that you note that approximately 96% of the proposals that are submitted end up being rejected. When you get your first rejection, you’ll feel like the world is over or that maybe you’re not good enough, and thus, you should stop writing, but you have to cry a bit and pick yourself up and keep on going, as there’s no other option for a writer. If you want to be a writer, you’re not going to stop no matter how many times you are rejected by agents. You just have to keep writing and become better at your craft. If the 100 agents reject you, place that manuscript aside for a while and opt to write another book that is shorter. Maybe think about focusing on another genre. Never get stuck in the same genre, because as a writer, you’re versatile and can write about almost anything. Once you’re done, think about sending your old manuscript directly to publishers this time, as there are some who do accept manuscripts.
Each writer has his or her own defining style. Therefore, if you have to change elements, your style is not one of them. There are ways to adding more description to your story without having to sacrifice anything that comes natural and nice. This means your unique writing style and anything else that gives you, your talent, as a writer. Therefore, with this said, there will be some tips for adding more description to your story.
Description in a story is something that can get in the way of an author or potential author. This is because it is not very easy to write a lot of the time. If a writer is not careful and watching what they are doing. Their descriptive sequences can be come static and dull. Therefore, writers do need to pay extreme attention to what they are doing, whenever they take on task of writing description for their stories. The writing of action and dialogue is more fun to write in actuality. Description is hard to write for one reason. This one reason is because it incorporates lots of elements. Writing description for stories isn’t just about covering the setting or background of a story. It is also about writing and describing how the characters look and what they are wearing. It is also about the props that characters do use, the weather, and much more.
What are some tips for adding more description to your story? Please read on to learn more. These tips will be valuable in delivery to all authors. This is to help them develop much better description for their stories in general. These tips are as follows:
- Make sure to avoid writing huge lumps of descriptive passages. Some authors can get by with it, if they are very good, but most readers today don’t want pages and pages of description. Therefore, make your descriptive paragraphs get straight to the point, without having to ramble on or drag on. Brevity is recommended here.
- Use description to be an active part of your story. As was previously stated, and will be here again, long passages of description can become boring. Therefore, take description and blend it in with your story, in such a way that it is part of the action that is making the story interesting and moving along. Refuse to have narrative lumps. Let your description have a voice all its own. Let your description work for your story.
- Make sure to only describe what your characters would notice. Characters in a story are just like actual human beings in a sense. We, as humans, don’t tend to notice everything around us at all times. You should only let your character see things that will make the story interesting and relay something that is not the usual going on. Limit the senses of your characters to these kind of happenings.
- Make use only of words that are strong, concrete, and have real substance. These words will deliver the full impact of highly effective description for a story. Make your writing strong and you will have very strong description in it.
- Make sure to use all the senses when writing description. Characters in a story are supposed to live and breath as that of their human counterparts. Give them all of their senses. This means not just sight and sound. They need to live. All the senses are needed to achieve this.