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Writer's Guide to Book Proposals: Templates, Query Letters, & Free Media Publicity Paperback – April 19, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0595316731 ISBN-10: 0595316735

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (April 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595316735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595316731
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,080,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anne Hart, author of 43 books, holds a graduate degree in English and has been crafting book proposals, cover letters, and book package deals since 1963. She has written 43+ published books.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SusanJElliott on October 19, 2007
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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 There's still room for other shows like Goosehead, and one could feature your unpublished writing."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!
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