Creators log

Book Title Breakthrough

4 April 2024

Lost in book-proposal land, I found something exciting.

I’ve been working through two books on writing book proposals: Lucinda Halpern’s Get Signed and Jody Rein and Michael Larsen’s How to Write a Book Proposal. Despite it providing a satisfying and thought-provoking overview of the proposal process, the former seems to be less helpful, comprehensive, and action-oriented than the latter. However, the two together have helped me put down some 3,500 words for the shitty-first-draft proposal, not including sample chapters and chapter outlines.

I know the second phase is quite daunting. The sample chapter and book outline need to be rock solid. But it feels good that the creative juices are flowing, especially in what is otherwise thought to be one of the most tedious phases of the writing process.

A book title even came to me suddenly. It was an exhilarating moment because at that moment everything came into. focus. The title is perfect; it helped clarify a lot of hazy ideas, it illuminated the right way. It is interesting that a good title can do a lot of work for something; a good name can carry a lot of weight. I’ve been calling the project Axis Mundi, for lack of a better idea. The term is great, but it is quite bad for a book title.

That is an article idea: The Power of Good Book Titles.

Anyway, I’m giving myself an impossible deadline: book proposal and sample chapters done by the end of the summer.