- Series: How to Write a Book Proposal
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 3 edition (February 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582972516
- ISBN-13: 978-1582972510
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 52 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Michael Larsen is co-owner of the Michael Larsen/Elizabeth Pomada Literary Agency, which has been representing top fiction and nonfiction authors since 1972. He is the co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Writers. Larsen frequently speaks at the countrys top writers conferences. He lives in San Francisco, California.
Top customer reviews
How to Write employs several highlight tactics to grab a reader’s attention and also to set apart different sets of information. Foremost are the “Hot Tips” with indentations on a page. Overall this volume is well-designed with abundant white space and different categories such as “Fast Fixes for Four Problems” that help make the considerable information easier to digest.
Larsen’s guide is invaluable because few publishers provide much guidance about how authors should conduct different aspects of book proposal development and the concurrent early marketing that should be begun long before the book is completed, much less released.
Michael Helquist, MARIE EQUI: Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions
Another feature that I appreciate in reading and studying HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL by Michael Larsen, is the abundance of "Hot tips". They often act as a cut-to-the-chase summary of the particular subject matter, or specific aspects of writing and/or the business of writing, developed through the chapters in this excellent book. Michael Larsen demystifies the craft of writing, and how and author can become successful in the business of writing, by providing us with practical information and easy-to-follow steps in order to get the work done, and sent out to all the constituencies set in place by the business of writing. However, Mr. Larsen does not hesitate to explore new venues, and keep authors up-to-date on the fact that the business of writing is not just changing, it has already changed. There was a need for this 3rd edition of HOW TO WRITE A BOOK PROPOSAL by Michael Larsen. He has added to it the insights of his clients while using this book as a tool, in order for them, and all of us, to succeed in the process of paving careers as writers.
I found the following topics especially interesting and helpful:
* Test-Marketing Your Book
* Making Your Proposal Stand Out
* Promotional Efforts
* Mission Statement and Platform
* Suggestions for Creating a Proposal for your Genre
Larsen's writing is practical, well organized, and clearly articulated. This is a book that will help you get beyond the slush pile into the hands of the right editor or agent.
Most recent customer reviews
It came very highly recommended and it did not disappoint.