To ensure that your proposal is read till the end, you have to make it perfect from the start. Remember that most commissioners are busy. They don’t have much time to read your proposal because there are also many other proposals have to read. You can’t beat the other competitors by making a lengthy, uninteresting proposal. To avoid any rejection of your proposal, make sure that you put what makes it highly considered.
• The Power of a Good Title. Your program title will be highly considered by the commissioners because this is one of the selling points. A short and simple title is the best option. You need to make the title clear and easy to remember so that people can instantly understand what the program is about from the title. It doesn’t have to be explaining the show; it should at least represent the tone of the program. This can give an image to the audience what they would see in the show. So be creative in creating a good title to grab the commissioners’ attention.
You can also describe the program more in your title by making a “How To” title depending on what kind of program you are making. An international show shouldn’t be given a culture-related title since it might not work in other countries as they don’t understand what is in the title.
• Ownership Information. This is very important to provide your contact information to let the commissioners easily contact you when they are interested in your program. Some people might underestimate this section and this is a big mistake you shouldn’t do.
• Episodes and Duration. Inform the commissioners how long the program would be to ensure your program can fit their slots. It might be necessary to state that you can change the duration to suit their schedule to make your proposal more flexible.
• Program Genre. Some channels might only accept certain genres of programs and that is why you have to do some research first before sending a proposal. Make sure that you are sending it to the right commissioners. Once you made sure about this, state your genre from the start to let the commissioners know what kind of program you are proposing. It is very important to do because the commissioners might be wondering about the genre and it makes them can’t concentrate well on reading. So let them know about this first.
• Outline Design. Compress all the things the commissioners need to know in this part of your proposal. Do this directly since the first paragraph because you don’t want the commissioners to turn around and put your proposal in the bin. So make sure to attract their interest in seconds by writing a compelling starting paragraph. The title should be convincing to make the commissioners continue reading and follow it with a tagline in only one sentence. This is a big challenge because you must able to represent the whole thing about your program in a sentence. After that start your first paragraph to give more detailed information about the tagline including the genre and narrative.
The next paragraph needs to provide the specific to explain more about the first paragraph for more understanding. Put the introduction of the character afterward including the strengths and weaknesses, the challenges and motivations. These characters should influence the readers emotionally to make the program successful. After explaining the characters, overview the narrative to provide information about the milestones of the program. Especially if you are planning a series, you should make it more specific by explaining the overview narrative of each episode. Finally include some information about any techniques used in creating the program such as animation.
• Styling. Since you have finished your draft, you can write your proposal using the right words without having to add some hyperbole. There is no need to say that your program is excellent. If it is, the commissioners would know it themselves and it would look more impressive rather than you say about it yourself. Make your proposal simple with short sentences to allow the readers to easily understand what you are trying to say. Action verbs are better as they are more energizing.
Don’t forget to proofread your proposal for any mistakes and errors and never let any slightest of them in it. Ask someone to read it because you might not find some mistakes when you are used to reading it. You can also ask someone else who is unfamiliar with the program to see how they think about this. Do they understand it? If they don’t, you need to check your proposal to see what is wrong that makes people don’t get ideas about its content.
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