The longer you make anything in your proposal—words, sentences, titles, paragraphs, chapters, anecdotes, and the book itself—the better it must be to justify its length.
Avoid the words I, we, us, and our unless the book is about you. Editors are wary of authors who overuse the word I unless it’s relevant to the book. Unless you or your experience are part of the book, write about the subject, not yourself. Also avoid the words you and your in your introduction and outline. The first two parts of the proposal are about the book. You’re writing them for the editor, not the book buyer. If you want to address readers directly, as this sentence does, do it in your sample chapter and the opening anecdotes for your outline. The most effective way to sell your book is to stick to the subject and the book.
People like to read about other people. That’s why anecdotes are an effective way to get your point across. Use fictional techniques to make them short stories that pack a wallop by being as humorous, dramatic, inspirational, or startling as possible. Anecdotes humanize the book by presenting a slice of life that readers can relate to. They also make for more enjoyable, memorable reading than abstract ideas. As Jack Canfield says, “Facts tell, stories sell.”
Prioritize: The first trick of scripting your personal time-travel is to prioritize your life. What receives your best energy and attention is what gets accomplished. If you claim you want to be a writer, but your primary energy and effort goes to being president of the P.T.O., you will likely succeed as the president and not make it as a writer. If your goal is to be a writer, then you must make writing your number one priority.
Assign ‘BRAIN’ Time: I find I can most effectively focus on my priorities if I assign them blocks of time, rather than try to do more than one thing at once. Of course, it’s not always possible to remain isolated and uninterrupted, but having dedicated time tends to cut down on distractions.
Maintain a Balance: In spite of this rather structured approach to life, I am not some sort of automaton or workaholic. Try to balance a time for you and your writing. It is imperative that you do so to create your best work possible.
Allow Change: The only sure thing in life is change, and as you travel through time, your priorities will likely change as well. As you achieve one goal, move on to the next. Let go of that which no longer serves you. New horizons will beckon. Allow change into your life. It’s how you get from where you are to where you want to be.
Know your Era: Be sure to know your era’s. If you are doing a 1800 and 2004 time jump be sure to know what was in use in both those times. Do not put your character using a ipod touch in 2004 because it was yet not availible. In other words REASEARCH. Yes im sure just the though of reasurch can be daunting, but it will make your novel credible and rich in the era.