The Great First Impression Book Proposal by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Everything You Need to Sell Your Book in Twenty Minutes or Less (and you can get it free!)
This booklet is the result of award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson's extensive work with clients who hate writing book proposals and hate learning how to write them even more. She found herself coaching them through the process rather than doing it for them, for who could possibly recreate the passion an author feels for his or her own book better than the author? In doing so, she found she had written a booklet—not a tome—on how to write a proposal that is most likely to elicit the enthusiasm required for an agent or publisher to shepherd the author's idea from a dream to a real book—paper, sweet-smelling ink and all. And the best part? It took her clients only about thirty minutes to absorb the essentials. Voila! The Great First Impression Book Proposal was born.
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"Marketing is never easy...Well, it might be if you follow the easy steps Carolyn Howard-Johnson offers up in The Great First Impression Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book in Thirty Minutes or Less. Lists! We love lists. Anyone, almost anyone, can follow steps and find their way to success—anyone who has a good list can anyway. And not all lists are created equal. Howard-Johnson's bulleted steps are created superior: easy to understand, easy to implement, and even easier to read (she means it when she says 30 minutes or less). As helpful information goes those three things are winners, but she gives us more: a list of other resources on book proposals. I will recommend this book to all of our authors, and potential authors, at LadybugPress."
—Georgia Jones, Editor in Chief, LadybugPress/NewVoices, Inc.
"...you can't go wrong in faithfully following Carolyn Howard-Johnson's advice in her INVALUABLE, very short page book proposal."
—Frances Lynn, author of Crushed
"Concise yet informative instruction manual on how to write a book proposal, author Carolyn Howard-Johnson offers a long list of golden-nugget-TO-DOs and smart ideas which can help guide writers past the Gatekeepers."
—Kathe Gogolewski, author and artist
"I just finished reading your Great First Impression Book Proposal...I like your style and encouragement. I was a bit intimidated about finishing my book proposal. I was thinking it had to be stiff and boring. I even have dialogue in mine. I thought I'd have to cut it out. Now, I'll probably leave it in."
—Wanza Leftwich, author, blogger
"I love [your Great First Impression Book Proposal]! My husband was amazed at all the info crammed into this short booklet. You could have charged a lot more. I just revamped my proposal to follow the guidelines in it for my latest book..."
—Myrna Lou, palmist/psychic/author
"You are what I describe as an energy-giver. So many people today are energy-drainers."
—Dorothea Helms, author and Dayton University workshop attendee