Unsolicited Endorsements for The Great First Impression Book Proposal
"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
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.