I have been late in posting my plans for the new year – a month late , in fact. My main, overriding goal for 2023 is to get a book contract. In my quest to achieve that, I decided to take a class on Submission that Writer’s Digest University was offering.
I thought the class could help me develop my book proposal, so it is more appealing. One of the class exercises has been to find books that I could use as “comps”, comparable titles, to convince an agent or publisher that my book has marketability.
The teacher set criteria for our choices which were books published two years ago or earlier and having at least 5,000 ratings on Amazon. That ratings number seems astronomical to me since I have seven ratings for Brewing Battles. Don’t judge.
I did find three books that fit the teachers’ rules and when I revise my book proposal I plan to use them. One is Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez. I am interested in this book because the misogyny that underpins scientific research is the same misogyny the women I write about faced.
Aside from trying to get Dames, Dishes, and Degrees published, I plan to continue with my other activities – skating, swimming, recorder, and my Jane Austen book club. I am also trying as hard as possible to stay away from Facebook and Twitter.
If it is not too late to offer, I wish everyone a happy, healthy, New Year!