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Pamela K. Brodowsky is author of Secrets of Successful Query Letters and founder of International Literary Arts, a full service literary property agency.

Eric Neuhaus is a writer, journalist and award-winning television producer. He is an adjunct professor at New York University in the division of Film, Video and Broadcasting where he teaches news writing. His reporting has earned him national recognition, winning an Emmy Award, Emmy nomination, and numerous other achievements.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; English Language edition (November 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582973679
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582973678
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,683,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For every 100 book proposals submitted to publishers by hopeful authors, two will make it and the other ninety-eight will not. That's why literary agent Pam Brodowsky and successful author Eric Neuhaus teamed-up to create a 'how to' manual of instruction and advice to help aspiring writers seeking to break into print better the odds against them. The first part of "Bulletproof Book Proposals" addresses the book proposal writing process through clear instructions and exercises, along with a ten-step approach designed to teach the author how to craft an overview of their writing project that is clear, concise, and engaging; conduct a thorough competitive-book analysis; define primary and secondary markets, and write effective chapter outlines and summaries. The second part of "Bulletproof Book Proposals" presents twelve real-life book proposals that were successful in getting published. Also featured are informative commentaries from the authors and agents of those proposals, as well as the editors who accepted them for publication. "Bulletproof Book Proposals" is a complete, 'user friendly', and strongly recommended do-it-yourself seminar workshop in the creation of effective, successful, profitable book proposals - a skill that is a fundamental necessity for anyone seeking to create a professional writing career for themselves. Also very highly recommended from Writer's Digest Press are two other references for aspiring authors: "The Glimmer Trains Guide To Writing Fiction" and Bill Brohaugh's "Unfortunate English: The Gloomy Truth Behind The Words You Use".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on January 15, 2007
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Over the years, I've written dozens of book proposals. For the last five, years, I've been a book acquisitions editor and reviewed hundreds of book proposals. You may wonder why I'd need to read this book. I did. There is always something new to learn and there is not ONE way to create a book proposal.

Literary Agent Pam Brodowsky and Eric Neuhaus have created a well-crafted ten step plan for proposal creation. In each section, they have included the particular portion of their proposal for BULLETPROOF BOOK PROPOSALS. The reader goes from defining the idea to packaging the proposal.

For the second section of the book, they include a dozen sample nonfiction book proposals on different topics, with different publisherss (some of them the same publisher) and different literary agents (some proposals don't have an agent and a number of them were from Pam Brodowsky--where she would have had the greatest access to this material). Each proposal includes insightful comments about why it is shaped in a particular way.

The overall result of BULLETPROOF BOOK PROPOSALS is to provide the reader with more insight into this crucial process to selling a nonfiction book. I recommend this title.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By cbbonney on February 22, 2008
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I've been working on my first book proposal for over a year. In the process I have read 4 book proposal books, including the "classics" by Larsen and Herman. I figured they've been around for so long, and you always see them referenced as quality books, so I should read them. They are good books if you want a general idea of how books historically have been sold. But what you get from Bulletproof is a very modern take on the topic. This is vitally important because while the Larsen and Herman books offer timeless advice, this book tells it like it is in today's publishing world.

The book also includes insights from authors, editors, and agents which proves extremely valuable as you craft your own proposal because you get a real sense for your audience. This book propelled my proposal to completion because it answered those nagging questions I had about what editors and agents are looking for today, not 10 years ago. I highly recommend this book for first timers and veterans alike because there is some very excellent, fresh advice included.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Traynor on September 17, 2007
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This is an absolute help in writing a proposal. The information is concise, but the examples are priceless. You can adapt your copy easily. Best one I've read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By with a K on October 7, 2009
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If you are considering submitting a book proposal for the first time you could certainly do better than to rely on this book. Although the authors give several examples of proposals, the examples are largely of proposals by people with stellar references and extensive publishing credits. This is not helpful to first timers.

I used the book to "guide" the writing of my query letters and for drafting a proposal. I sent off the queries, with the proposals all set to drop in the mail should a publisher show interest. What I found - from all those whom I queried - was that they directed me to their websites for their publishing house's proposal format. I then had to re-write my proposals.

I would recommend going straight to the publishers' websites, downloading their proposal guidelines and then crafting a proposal from there. Your approach will reflect your tone and enthusiasm - and it will be what the publisher wants!

I gave the book 1 star simply because chapter one is helpful in limiting the scope of what you want to tackle.

I only wish I could have read some reviews before I made this purchase.
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