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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 There's still room for other shows like Goosehead, and one could feature your unpublished writing."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!