I like to tip-toe around big writing projects. That way, a fair-sized chunk of the book gets done before I realize I'm actually writing it. As a book author for many years, I've developed a few tips and techniques I'd like to share with you now.
You probably already know that unless you're a celebrity or at the top of your field, you'll need a proposal to sell your book idea to an agent or publisher. According to Michael Larsen, an agent and author of How to Write a Book Proposal (4th Edition), most proposals range from 35 to 50 pages and contain an overview, an outline, and at least one sample chapter (as well as the parts about you and your marketing plan).
As an easy way to get started, here's a basic list I used when I wrote my last two nonfiction book proposals. This was my way of skittering around the writing itself until I had enough to work with.
My Own To-Do List for Getting Started on a Book Proposal
Larsen offers a very useful pdf file with a detailed checklist and other information to help you get started on your proposal. I love his lengthy list of verbs to use in your proposal's outline of chapters (so you don't keep writing, "Next I will cover..."). The book itself is filled with Hot Tips, Golden Rules, and up-to-date resources for writers at any stage of the authoring journey.
How long have you been procrastinating writing your book (or taking the next step in the process) and why?
Copyright (c) by Susan K. Perry