Consulting Categories Worksheet
Starter questions to help prepare for your consultation.
I. Book Concept Analysis
1) How do I know if I have a good book idea?
2) How long should a manuscript be?
3) Do I need my manuscript to be professionally edited?
4) What do publishers look for?
5) What do agents look for?
6) What are the elements of a good idea/manuscript? A good memoir?
7) How important is the right title? Will a publisher ever change my title if picked up?
II. The Book Proposal
A. What is a book proposal? Why is it important? What is its purpose?
B. What’s the difference between a query letter and a book proposal?
C. How do I craft a book proposal? What are the elements in a book proposal?
D. What are the most common mistakes made in a book proposal?
III. Literary Agents
A. What does a literary agent do?
B. How do I know if I need one or not?
C. What types of things should I look for in an agent? What are some red flags to watch for?
D. Should I pay a literary agent?
E. How long is a contract for a literary agent? Can I ever change literary agents?
F. What should I expect from a literary agent?
G. How does a literary agent evaluate proposals?
H. Do I have to work with a literary agent if I want to get my book published?
A. What are the steps in trying to get my book published?
B. What is the process a publishing house goes through when considering a book for publication?
C. Do publishers accept unsolicited manuscripts?
D. Do I need a book proposal to send to a publisher or just to an agent?
E. What are my chances to see my book published?
F. What is the number one thing I can work on to help my chances?
G. What does it mean when I'm told I need a sizable platform?
H. How do I get started in building my platform? What would be my most strategic next step?