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This book is simply a mess. The introduction gives you no clue what the book is about or how to work your way through it. The chapters are scattershot...a bunch of stand alone chapters with no rhyme or reason. The book has absolutely no focus. It attempts to do a million things at once and does none of them well.
I'm not sure how anything fits together. For example, How To Format Your Book Manuscript starts by saying "Sell Facts to Authors and Instructors as well as to those who train the trainer." then it goes on to say "Start your story halfway down.." WHAT? I don't know what that beginning paragraph has to do with anything.
"Don't use staples in a fiction booklet" Now we're talking about a booklet? This entire chapter makes next to no sense.
In Pre-Sell Your Book the first sentence is "Create a senior citizen, parenting or teen hub. Look at any teen hub, such as Goosehead. There's still room for other shows like Goosehead, and one could feature your unpublished writing." WHAT? I don't know what she means by hub. I don't know what a Goosehead is and I have no idea how this would work. In paragraph four she says, "The episodes, by the way, are called Webisodes." Okay, now I'm totally lost. She launches into how to make a story board and then moving to a springboard and says "A springboard runs up to 15 pages long." I have no idea what this all even means.
It's a mess. I was going to write to the publisher and then I looked up iUniverse (publisher) which is a self-publishing outfit. Ah.
UPDATE: I wrote this review in 10/07. At that time I did use other books to write a proposal and was able to find an agent to represent me and we found a publisher (Perseus/Da Capo) to publish my book (available now on Amazon for preorder). So I did rely on other (good) books and eventually wrote a winning proposal. But my advice about this one remains the same: stay away!
This book contains almost all the author's own book proposals that the book author, a dedicated retired (since 2000) creative writing teacher, wrote for her own books. The author has written numerous books from 1959 to 2009, with more than a dozen books written in the 1980s and early 1990s. Writers need to be polite to other writers, particularly to retired writing educators who spend countless hours writing books after the age of 75 or better, spend their life savings to have a book published, and then find nobody ever buys any of their books or fewer than you can count on one hand simply because writers say what they think about writers who self-publish their books which represent their hard work and labor in the face of old age deep decline. My advice to writers over age 75 is to keep writing. It's okay to write what you can since writers have a purpose and passion to make a difference in the lives of others by doing the best they can with what they have at a very advanced age. Write on, friends. It's making a difference, and it's a good deed to teach with your books. Thank all of you for taking the effort to write and do your best....Thank all of you so much. We seniors enjoy those books.
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