Over the past several weeks, I’ve been going over a simple plan to expedite the writing process. You can find the previous posts here:
As with the previous step, the following will be different depending on the path you choose.
Step 5- Create
Create a formal book proposal. This will give you clarity about:
- your target market
- your content
- your value
- your promotion
Who is your target market? My target audience is going to be different from Mandee Shanklin’s. My audience is also going to be different from Abyrne Mostyn’s. I once saw this idea to make a wanted poster of your target audience.
Realize that there are always exceptions to the rule but the bulk of your readers will come in that bell-shaped curve targeted audience.
What is your content? What is it you want to say? Does your story have an underlying lesson? Is it purely for entertainment? Is it a work of fiction or nonfiction? What genre? subgenre?
Your value – this is your credentials. What gives you the right to write it? Are you an expert in your field? Do you have life experience in this field?
Knowing the above answers will then lead you to make effective promotions. Why target readers of westerns when your audience are composed of fantasy readers?
Your book proposal will be your blueprint to success. By writing your book proposal, even if you are self-publishing, it lends validity to your efforts.
If you have chosen the path of author and not the writer, then you better know the above to convey to your ghost writer. They will need to know all of these answers in finite detail. Your ghost writer will need a detailed proposal along with an outline, a synopsis and character sketches.
The more information that you provide then the better quality you will get for your money.
What’s next? Tune in next week to find out.