2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 30

For today’s task, assemble your book proposal. This will require getting everything together from earlier. Here’s the order of most proposals: Cover (or query) letter. This better include the proposed title, unique selling point(s), and very brief bio. Book overview. … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 29

For today’s task, define the unique selling point of your book. If you want to impress publishing folk, let them know that you know what your USP (unique selling point) is. How do you define your unique selling point? This … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 28

Our task for today is to take your book idea and find comparative and competitive titles. While books have a better chance of getting published when they’re unique, they also need already existing titles around to show there’s a market … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 26

For today’s task, take your book idea from yesterday and start fleshing out who your target audience is for the book. Age range? Gender? Profession? Hobbies? Etc. Try quantifying, if possible, through organization memberships, magazine circs, etc. For my poetry … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 25

We’re going to spend most of the rest of this week focused on assembling a book proposal. We’ll mainly focus on a nonfiction book proposal, though I’ll share some thoughts and tips on fiction proposals as well. For today’s task, … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 23

For today’s task, write another 500 words today. I was asked on Facebook if you should be writing a short story or novel, and it’s up to your story, I suppose. Just write 500 words–wherever that leads you. Here’s my … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 22

For today’s task, use your outline and character interviews as inspiration to write 500 words today. Don’t worry about finishing your story; just write 500-ish words and call it a day. Here’s my attempt at 500 words: Outside the window, … More »

2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 21

For today’s task, take your list of characters and interview each and every one of them. Start by asking their names, what they were doing right before the interview, favorite movie, favorite song, happiest moment, saddest moment, love interests (if … More »