Would you make your query/book proposal your style?

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Would you make your query/book proposal your style?

Postby aldentan » Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:50 pm

Or would you write it in a very formal, professional way?

Is it good to get personal and go all out your own way?

What do you all think?

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Re: Would you make your query/book proposal your style?

Postby ostarella » Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:17 pm

Well, again - are you talking about a query letter (fiction) or a proposal (nonfiction)? They aren't the same and the 'format'/preferences are different. You need to be specific or you're going to get a lot of generic and not particularly useful information.

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Re: Would you make your query/book proposal your style?

Postby aldentan » Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:55 pm

Oh.

Well both.

Query and Proposal.

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Re: Would you make your query/book proposal your style?

Postby Dreaming Imrryr » Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:57 pm

There are two types of mavericks, genius mavericks and foolish mavericks.

Genius mavericks create something awesome and everyone gets jelly (jealous) and say "Wow! Why didn't I think of that..."

Foolish mavericks create something bizarre and everyone shakes their head.

Just my 2 cents.

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Re: Would you make your query/book proposal your style?

Postby ostarella » Thu Jun 15, 2017 8:39 pm

[quote="aldentan"]Oh.

Well both.

Query and Proposal.[/quote]


One site (query): https://janefriedman.com/query-letters/

One site (proposal): https://janefriedman.com/start-here-how-to-write-a-book-proposal/

Personally (meaning what I've read and discussed with other authors and agents in various forums), I'd be careful about going "all out your own way", especially with a nonfiction book proposal. The people you're dealing with are professionals, and the one thing I've seen over and over again is "Nothing says amateur like 'clever' ". They don't like 'clever' any more than they like gimmicky. With the query, you want to build rapport - not make them think you might be difficult to work with. With the nonfiction proposal, you want to prove you know what you're talking about, not only in the book but in the market.

Once you get to the publishing stage, it's business. People are going to be spending time and money on your project and they don't want to waste either, so make the right first impression. You can show your 'style' after the contracts are signed. :)


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