How a Book Proposal Broke Me, then Gave Me Armor | Query Quest Update


Though I’m not a huge fan of my book publishing class for a number of reasons, it has helped me learn how to market my book. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still struggling with finding the right words to sell my book, besides the obvious: “It’s amazing!” Still, I’m getting there.

A big assignment we have for the class is to write a book proposal, and I’ve used this assignment as an opportunity to get feedback on my book.

I never expected to get an A+ on the first version, or the second, or even the third. I don’t even expect it as my final grade.

What I really didn’t expect was the proposal pushing me to the edge. As I revised it for the third time, imposter syndrome started to creep in and seriously take me down.

I started to cry just thinking that I wasn’t meant to be an author. I wasn’t meant to be published. I feared I wasn’t meant to write, something that brings so much joy and happiness to my life.

I couldn’t work on the book proposal for days.

It took a really good friend to shake me out of this haze and remind me that even the great authors had their moments of rejection. It also took something I didn’t expect to hear from my professor to get me to work on the revision again.

My professor said to aim high when looking for publishing houses. You should be proud of your work and think that it’s amazing. You should want to send it to the big five publishers. Don’t avoid them just because you don’t think your work is good enough. Even if the chances are high that they won’t publish your book, you’ll never know if you don’t try.

I worked on the book proposal the day before it was due, and I felt confident it was better than the last. Does it still need some work? Absolutely, but it’s better than where it was when I wrote it for the first time.

A suggestion I got from my professor is to change the working title. He’s not wrong. I thought of a pretty bad title, because I am not good at titling things, and I was hoping my agent or editor would help me think of a better one.

Thanks to this assignment though, I had to think about it, and I came up with a title I actually really like. So, here it is! My manuscript’s working title is now:


Who knows if that’ll be its title when it’s published? For now, it makes me smile. It makes me feel like this story is actually a book deserving of a beautiful cover and book spine.

It makes me excited to start my author journey.

That’s all for now. Thanks for sticking with me on this adventure. We’ve got a long way to go, but we’ve got a few fun stops on the way to publication.

Fairfarren, friend.

Fairfarren, Friends

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