I am currently writing a memoir and feel I have a solid first draft although I'll need at least another year to fine tune and rewrite. But, what is stymieing me is the book proposal. After researching what goes into a non-fiction book proposal, it feels like a much higher mountain to climb than just writing the damn book. If anyone has any helpful advice, I'd really appreciate it. My new thought is that it would be far more advantageous for me to spend my time writing a book proposal instead of actually writing the book. This goes against all my better instincts which insist writing the book is far more important but my professional instincts have always led me astray. Do I need to suck it up and write this proposal or can I just write the book and submit a couple of chapters? Isn't it ironic that writing the book, which used to be the mountain, has now become, "just" write the book in lieu of the harder thing, which seems to be the proposal?  

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Comment by Berna Bolyn on December 15, 2016 at 4:05am

Hi,Rebekah I forgot to put your name on the comment and my reply, which is below.  What was the book or books you or reading on writing a proposal, and could you recommend one that is audio, because I like to save my eyes for writing and I'm more peripatetic than most. Berna

Comment by Berna Bolyn on December 15, 2016 at 3:57am

Do you have an agent?  I feel memoirs are so diverse and personal, finding compatible readers and editor would be my first thoughts to guide one on their particular memoir proposal writing. Are you working with someone at She Writes and could you recommend someone there that works more with mature adult or older memoir writers? Good luck Berna


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