Saturday, September 13, 2008

Little Effort . . . Big Payoff

Over here at the Cook Household it's been an exciting week. We bought a house, for one. But a second bit of excitement has me bubbly too.

When I wrote my first book proposal, I included a short couple of paragraphs about possible future books that the publisher might want me to write. I think I called it "Companion Books". Well, in our discussions, it turned out that they were interested in one in particular. Now that my edits are done on that book, they are willing to start to talk about the next book.

I still have some work to do, I have to make sure all my research is up to date and I have valid statistics . . . but they want more of a synopsis from me rather than a full out book proposal. It's like a proposal without the two or three sample chapters.

When you are writing your proposal, don't forget the companion books section. It was just a couple of paragraphs long and is now saving me a PILE of time!

4 comments:

Joanne said...

Congrats on the new house, may you have many happy writing days there! And thanks for the book proposal advice ... good to know.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Wow and mega kudos on all those recent successes and new beginnings!

Nicole said...

Mubarak, as we would say in Arabic. I am glad you found a new home. I loved the pictures but wondered how you are going to get by without a real garage in the weather you have in Canada! When I think Canada, I think snow. Anyway, great news.

Serenity Now! said...

Oh yes, we get snow, but a garage isn't necessary unless you need to actually work on the car! (in my opinion)

As long as I'm under the carport and don't have to shovel snow off my car, I'm good!