Rewriting. Not my manuscript, my proposal.

One of my projects while at The Hambidge Center was to rewrite my proposal.

I wrote my proposal once already, at the beginning of this year, before I began writing the book. Back then it served as an outline and guide as I began to draft chapters.

But as I prepare to seek out an agent to represent me, my proposal needs to be rewritten. A lot has changed between when I first started writing and now, when I’m just a few weeks away from finishing a draft of the manuscript.

Rewriting that proposal helped me realize just how far I’ve come. My themes are more solid than they were nine months ago. I’ve cut several chapters and changed the direction of others. Now I’m not writing about how I want the book to read, I’m writing about how it does read.

I also can see clearly the work that lies ahead of me. The last third of my manuscript needs more shaping than the first two thirds. And the book is still too long — It won’t yet hit the 85,000 to 90,000 word-window that I’m aiming for. Trimming and cutting will be a big part of my revision process.

What’s in the proposal? The first 10 pages include an overview of the book, my promotion plan (what I’ll do to sell the book), a list of competitive books and how mine is different, and my bio. Then 23 pages of chapter summaries. Finally, two sample chapters from my manuscript, which tacks on another 24 pages. In total, it’s a 58-page document.

It’s polished and ready to go!

8 Responses

  1. It sounds like you’re set! Wow, you’ve put in a lot of hours and work. I know that it’s going to work out really well for you!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. I have no doubt that you will find and agent and publisher for your book, Lexi. You’re a good writer and have a wonderful story to tell. And you are doing everything you need to be doing to make it work. Sending you lots of good wishes and loving thoughts as you start the next phase of your journey.

  3. That’s wonderful, Alexis! You’ve put in so much hard work. I know there’s an agent out there who will be interested in your story. It’s unique and compelling and entertaining (or so I can tell from the excerpts you’ve posted). Good luck in seeking out representation!


  4. Great! Must feel good 🙂
    Good luck. Let us know when you start submitting.

  5. Yay! And definitely better to have too much rather than too little when it comes to the revision process 🙂

  6. this is so cool!

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