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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-03-08 08:12
Subject: [process] Question for you working novelists
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Tags:books, process, writing
Something kristine_smith said this morning got me wondering.

How many book proposals do you write over a given period of time? Do you basically write proposals on a near 1:1 basis with projects, or do you write a lot of spec proposals just to see?

No point in mind, merely curious. I'm tempted to generate a double handful of book proposals just for practice, the next time I have a decent sized hole in my writing schedule. It's something arcaedia advised me to do recently. That's also how I came up with Mainspring Powell's | Amazon | Audible ] in the first place after all — during a proposal binge. (Which reminds me that some day I'd like to write The Sun Gun.)
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User: autopope
Date: 2008-03-09 16:23 (UTC)
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I'm out of contract with Ace, and my agent is looking for a new deal. So I generated six proposals for books I figured I could write, and we're looking at running with three of them. Of the others, I expect to use one in the next multi-book contract (it'd be #4 in an irregular series, and the bundle we're negotiating over right now includes #3), another needs a major overhaul and re-think but might show up in revised form in that next bundle, and proposal #6, while feasible, is basically an ultra-safe sequel pitch for a previous novel in the event that the more experimental line I'm following doesn't appear to be working out: it'll probably stay on the shelf unless my editor asks for a security blanket. (Sequel to "Glasshouse", in case you were wondering.)

NB: Never, ever write a proposal for something you wouldn't enjoy writing. I have learned this the hard way (because they made me write it) ...
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