One of the questions that you have to answer as an author is whether or not you actually need a book proposal. The answer depends upon several factors. You definitely need to take lots of different things into consideration if you are considering writing a book proposal. There are lots of people out there who want to write a book, but just because someone wants it does not mean they are qualified. After all, look at all of the people who go on American Idol convinced that they have what it takes to become a pop star. A book takes talent and hard work; like anything else. Anyway, let’s sit down and look at some of the questions you should ask yourself.
Do You Have the Expertise to Write a Book?
First, you have to decide if you actually have what is takes to write a book. Even if you are hiring a ghostwriter ( a highly recommended action if you suck at writing) you still have to have the expertise to create the narrative that will eventually become the book. Having great writing ability may not be the most important thing when it comes to expertise, but it probably is something that you want to keep from the publisher as long as possible.
There are a lot of things to go into expertise though. For example, you may have a ghostwriter, but it could be used that is totally designing each chapter and telling them what they need to say in these chapter. That means that you are the driving force behind the ghostwriter. There are a lot of reasons that people hire ghostwriters, including the lack of confidence in their own writing ability, but the bottom line is that if you can demonstrate to the publisher that the finished work that they get is going to be well written, it doesn’t really matter who write your book for you.
Is There an Interesting Story?
Something else that you may want to consider is whether or not there is an interesting story there. Although many people wish to write a book, just because you desire something does not mean that you have the potential to write a book that is salable to publishers. If you have a terrible idea, then it doesn’t matter how good your story is, your book is still going to turn out terrible.
Can You Promote Your Book?
Something else that you may want to keep in mind is whether or not you can promote the book. It is an unfortunate fact of publishing, but sometimes, authors get published when they do not have the ability simply because they have the potential to promote the book because of their celebrity status or social media following. While this is not a recommended path, it is something that you want to consider and try to shore up if possible when it comes to getting a publisher to accept your book for publication. If you can get your book in stores, there is a good chance you will sell some copies.