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The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything you need to know to impress a publisher in thirty minutes or less (The How To Do It Frugally series of booklets for writers) by [Howard-Johnson, Carolyn]
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"Ijust finished reading The Great FirstImpression Book Proposal. I like your style and encouragement. I was a bitintimidated about finishing my book proposal. I was thinking it had to be stiffand boring. I even have dialogue in it. I thought I'd have to cut it out. Now,I'll probably leave it in."
~Wanza Leftwich, author, blogger
 
"Ilove [Great First Impression BookProposal]! My husband was amazed at all the info crammed into this shortbook. You could have charged a lot more. I just re-vamped my proposal to followthe guidelines in it for my latest book."
~ Myrna Lou, palmist, psychic, and author
 
"Marketing is nevereasy . . . . Well, it might be if you follow the easy steps CarolynHoward-Johnson offers up in The GreatFirst Impression Book Proposal: EverythingYou Need to Know About Selling Your Book in Thirty Minutes or Less. Howard-Johnson'sbulleted lists are superior. They are easy to understand, easy to implement,and even easier to read. (She means it when she says thirty minutes or less). Shegives us even more: A list of other resources on book proposals. I willrecommend this book to all of our authors and potential authors atLadybugPress."
~ Georgia Jones, Editor in Chief,LadybugPress and NewVoices, Inc.


Great First Impression Book Proposal 
Reviewed by Jennifer Akers
Author, reviewer for MyShelf, and social media marketing expert

If you're interested in writing a book, then I've found a great resource for you. Written by PR guru, award-winning writer, Carolyn Howard-Johnson, The Great First Impression Book Proposal guides you through every step you need to know to impress a publisher.


Do you know the differences between fiction and nonfiction writers trying to sell their books? The former writes their book first and then sends a query letter, including a specific number of chapters (requested by the publisher or agent). Their book must be ready to go because the publisher may want to contract their work.
 

Nonfiction writers send proposals, in which they need to impress the publisher on the idea of their work. The book isn't written. Before that sounds like the easier path of the two, it isn't. A book proposal is well researched and formatted; the process is similar to writing a book and can be complicated if you don't know what you're doing.

To the rescue, The Great First Impression Book Proposal! In six chapters, you'll learn how to get past gatekeepers, entice jaded gatekeepers, get an open invitation, and keep those doors open. You'll also have a checklist to make sure your proposal is at its best. The resource section includes a basic query letter sample, suggested studies, and resources for editing, grammar, book promotion, publishing and more.


A book proposal is a mysterious beast. It's not something you can bypass; it's a necessary "evil" of the publishing world. To do it correctly, you need to know the guidelines. In essence, you're proposing a business deal, but your letter shouldn't be too formal. It needs to be friendly with eye-attracting titles without being too cozy or using over-the-top language like "amazing". It's a fine balance; one you'll need to learn to be successful.

You'll learn about the publishing industry; the correct way to research, write, and format your letter; and the steps to make yours a winning proposal. This is a jammed-packed resource, with the tag line "Everything You Need To Know To Impress A Publisher in Twenty Minutes or Less". A quick read with everything to write a winning proposal.

Howard-Johnson writes with the experience of a professional and the candor of a best friend who doesn't want you to fall on your face. With humor and friendliness, she offers solid, practical tips. She is one of my favorite authors, and her books always top my must-have list. This one is no exception. It'll stay on my resource shelf.


If you've ever thought about being an author, you need The Great First Impression Book Proposal in your resources.

From the Author


This booklet is the result of multi award-winning authorCarolyn Howard-Johnson's extensive work with clients who hate writing bookproposals and hate learning how towrite them even more. She found herself coaching them through the processrather than doing it for them, for who could possibly recreate the passion anauthor feels for his or her own book better than the author? In doing so, shefound she had written a booklet--not a tome--that took her clients only aboutthirty minutes to absorb. Voila! TheGreat First Impression Book Proposal was born.
 

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  • Publication Date: September 9, 2010
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By Shannon L. Yarbrough VINE VOICE on January 24, 2008
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What I like best about Carolyn Howard-Johnson is how approachable she is. Although I've never met her, every word of hers that I've read makes me trust her. She's simple and to the point, often humorous, and completely trustworthy. She knows good advice, and she knows the market. There are tons of books on proposal writing out there, but why waste big bucks. For just 49 cents, here's a great start. Subscribe to her Amazon blog for more free advice! You will be impressed.
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I'm VERY surprised that there were 12 reviews raving about this text. I find it hard to believe that they were all objective reviews by people unknown to the author (although I recognize that's certainly possible). I normally would not even take the time to write a review if I did not think that, in this case, it's warranted.

First of all, the supplementary pages should not have been counted in giving the text length. I thought I was getting 18 pages on how to write a book proposal, so I find that misleading. Secondly, the fact that there are typos does not reflect well on a text that is supposed to be giving me professional advice on writing. The word "concise" is used to describe it, but I felt that it had been "dashed off." Thirdly, I felt that, more than anything, it is intended as a self-promotion tool for the author. (There's nothing wrong with that per se; I just don't like paying for it -- even at $0.49!)

I did not learn anything that I had not already learned for free from other sources on the Internet. This text was very disappointing, and I think the hype surrounding it really needs a reality check.
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All of Carolyn Howard-Johnson's book proposals are excellent and are chocked full of promotional ideas and the Great First Impression is a must have for writers who want to have their books viewed by agents and editors. Carolyn gives you ideas on how to write a great proposal to suit your specific needs. Like her other releases, this s a marketing tool that covers such topics as formatting and editing, and getting the agents and editors to want your manuscript. Highly recommended, as are all of Carolyn's books.
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The title of this book alone was intriguing when it first showed up in my Amazon book suggestions: The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book to an Agent or Publisher in Twenty Minutes or Less. That's a long title for what's a 64-page booklet, but don't let that deter you, for author and literary activist Carolyn Howard-Johnson backs it up with a ton of information between the front and rear covers.

First became acquainted with her works over two yeas ago when I purchased her book The Frugal Editor: Put your best book forward to avoid humiliation and ensure success (How to Do It Frugally) and found myself looking critically at a book that I was writing at the time. I set that book aside for the time being, and began working on another altogether different one as a result of some of the thoughts and suggestions I had found within the 208 pages of that book... and every page of her book now has numerous highlighted passages and Post-it notes protruding from it.

But I've returned to the semi-final edits on that first book, and am close enough that I was ready to start getting ready forn the next step, which is preparing it for submission to editors and publishers. The process, as many writers already know, is preparing the proposals for submission, and that where the author's The Great First Impression Book Proposal is such a great help.
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Like it or not, writing a book proposal is as important to a writer as writing the next book...because the next book can be long in coming if the first one never finds a publishing house! In this concise yet informative instruction manual on how to write a book proposal, author Carolyn Howard-Johnson offers list of golden-nugget-TO-DOs and smart ideas which can help guide writers past the GateKeepers in this business. These guards are constantly on the look-out for entertaining, professional and out-of-the-box book proposals, and Howard-Johnson, a promotional expert, offers information that every writer new to the business of promotion needs in his or her toolbox.
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I have relied on this wonderful little guide when writing previous book proposals, and got it out again this morning as I am starting a new one. Carolyn strips all the intimidation out of writing a book proposal. Her clear, hands-on advice makes proposal writing not only less daunting, but in fact enjoyable.

"This is a really smart proposal," was one comment from an agent who went on to sell my nonfiction book to a publisher. The "smartest" thing about it? I used Carolyn's guide to write it!
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I've always thought that fiction writers don't need to write book proposals, but according to Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter and The Frugal Editor - some publishers now ask their novelists to write them especially if they're under contract for more than one novel, genre novels and novels that are part of a series. Remind me not to write a sequel then, for the prospect of writing a book proposal fills me with dread. But, Carolyn has just written her very helpful first Amazon short called The Great First Impression Book Proposal : Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book In Twenty minutes or Less - you can't go wrong for 0.49 cents - click on Amazon Book Short for details.

In her useful 18 page book proposal, Carolyn gives a detailed proposal for a non-fiction book, handy if I ever decide to write my autobiography! I always thought all one had to do when writing a proposal for a non-fiction book was to write an overall précis and list your chapters with a synopsis under each one. I've obviously been stuck in the Dark Ages, for these days a book proposal is a different kind of proposition.

Carolyn says the book proposal should be regarded as a marketing tool. She advises to think of a proposal as a cross between an outline, a resumé and a media kit. According to her, she says a book proposal should reflect your voice and the character of whatever kind of book you are proposing. Carolyn has divided her concise book proposal with sub headings such as "First Great Impression Proposal - Here's How to Make a Gatekeeper Open the door For You." Carolyn advises the reader to include an About the Author section which has to be a more extensive bio than in your query letter.
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