Plugging on the Proposal

I hit my deadline yesterday. Robin (my agent) and I spent some time on the phone Monday and yesterday (the reason for my mad push was to have things in line for that second conversation.). We worked out what we needed to, and now I have a week to put this proposal together for presentation. I want to take the proposal package up to 25,000 words, cut some of the material that I have, and add new. Sharpen things. These will be fun, sexy, funny books, and I haven’t had a chance to do funny since Sympathy for the Devil — so I want these. A lot.

I like my new first paragraph. I think it does a good job of setting the tone for the series right out of the gate.

“… so we walked into the room, and the client was naked, and painted blue, and lying on the floor. On. A bed. Of butter.”

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8 comments… add one
  • PolarBear Apr 5, 2006 @ 18:57

    BJ, you are sooooo bad! 😀

  • Gabriele Apr 5, 2006 @ 18:40

    Butter? Is this a madhouse, a weird planet, or a Joseph Beuys exhibition?

    Sounds like some good fun indeed.

  • Jim Apr 5, 2006 @ 17:37

    Since SFTD remains my favorite of your books (and I still want to meet Dayne, but NOT on a bed of butter 🙂 I’m looking forward.

  • BJSteeves Apr 5, 2006 @ 17:22

    A “toast” for the new proposal!

  • TinaK Apr 5, 2006 @ 16:47

    Butter? Oh man, I have to read this book! Can’t wait to hear more.

  • arrvee Apr 5, 2006 @ 15:48

    Yesterday, Joshilyn Jackson at Faster Than Kudzu said something about starting your story by gathering all your characters in a room and lighting one on fire. This opening is the perfect illustration. Oh, so many questions!

    Most importantly, exactly how much tequila did the client have?

  • PolarBear Apr 5, 2006 @ 15:10

    So many butters; so little time.

  • PJ Apr 5, 2006 @ 14:05

    Butter?! Oh, no! RAOFL! Was it salted or unsalted? (teasing – teasing!)

    Sounds great!

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