Going from Dream to Vision

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It’s great to dream of writing a book, but what your book needs is a vision.

This is the book vision form I use with my clients, similar to what I used as an acquisitions editor at writer conferences. Only this version is better in a number of ways.

Years of work, training and a lifetime of refining your words to be more effective will go into your pages, so I’ve whittled these 10 questions down to the essentials that will ensure it all makes it onto the page.

Answer them carefully and you’ll clearly define how your book improves on what’s already available:

  1. What is the 30-word summary of the one thing your book is about—the unique, compelling appeal? (Why would anyone read it over other books?)
  2. What is the specific demographic and psychographic of the book’s audience? (“A 35-to-50-year-old mom with a degree who wants solutions for balancing discipline and love in parenting.”)
  3. What is your reader’s felt need, i.e. the big problem? How can you demonstrate and define the size of the need?
  4. How exactly will your book meet your readers’ felt need? What is your solution to their problem? Be specific. (Where will they be mentally, emotionally and spiritually after reading?)
  5. What can help prove your market exists? (stats, research, trends, reports, etc.)
  6. Compare and contrast the content of the significant competition in print. Find at least 3 similar titles and how yours is different and an improvement.
  7. Outline your writing experience and annual sales of your previously published works if you have any. If you don’t, include endorsements.
  8. Summarize your education, experience and career background.
  9. Explain your qualifications to write on this topic, i.e. what’s your platform (speaking, ministry affiliations, groups, outlets, friends/influencers, etc.), and share specifics on how you will promote.
  10. In 100 words, why did you have to write this book? What does it mean to you personally?

If pitching to an agent or editor, carefully consider all of this info along with a table of contents (for nonfiction), or a list of characters (fiction), and the first 30 pages.

I assist writers with proposals, samples and getting books up to snuff. For rates, email Micksilvaediting@gmail.com. And sign up for my free weekly email for higher-purpose writers to get my free tool for determining your next step in getting ready to publish.

6 thoughts on “Going from Dream to Vision”

    1. Kurt! It was awesome and an honor to meet you my friend! Thank you for all you did for us in hosting the Inland writers conference. Keep writing…

    1. Hi, Cathee! If it’s inspirational memoir, you’ll still want to answer all these questions just as you would for nonfiction or fiction. Reader benefits are essential, so be specific about how your story relates to, encourages and practically helps readers. You might also include info on how readers will be helped by the info, relational insights, scripture, study questions, etc. Thanks for asking!

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