May 8th, 2007

Proposal Time

I am in a funny stage for a writer: I am working on proposals for several new books. This can be a laborious process and it is one that should not be hurried. You have to come up with an idea, first of all. This is not the most difficult part, at least for me. The most difficult part is the tedious process of filling out the chapter headings and subheadings, a description of the audience, a synopsis of the book, and an overview of how the book is organized. Sometimes, the publisher comes to me or my agent with an idea, and I have to flesh out the proposal. Other times, I come up with an idea of my own and send it to the agent, who sends it around to see if anyone is interested. Both of these situations are ongoing currently. Typically, a proposal goes back and forth between publisher, agent and me as many as two, three, or four times. With luck, one or two of the proposals will be accepted. It’s also possible that all of them will be okayed, at which point I have to make some tough decisions.