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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898797713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898797718
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.3 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,520,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 1999
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You know that you are reading a good book when you are laughing out loud as you read it and you can't put it down. You know that the book is truly good when you find yourself planning your activities around reading it and sneaking in pages when you are supposed to be working. And finally, you know you have found a true gem when, after finishing the book, you smile knowingly to yourself, full of ideas, and say to yourself, 'I can do this'. One would never think that non-fiction could have that effect.
Michael Larsen's How to Write a Book Proposal is that kind of book. Mr. Larsen goes beyond mere information to give the aspiring new writer inspiration. Beginners and seasoned professionals will find very useful material in the book. Written in an active, easy-going, can-do style, Larsen's positive outlook and infinite love of the book really comes through. The reader will learn in quick, readily understandable succession, what goes into a book proposal, how to capture and sustain an agent's and editor's interest interest from the first word, and how to market and promote one's book for maximum profit. Useful advice on book proposal writing (advice that works) is presented throughout the book, as well as samples of various book proposals to show you exactly how to write the book proposal that sells.
This is, without a doubt, a must-have reference for any writer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 1997
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I used this book to prepare the book proposal for my first book and sold my manuscript. That was a couple of years ago and I plan to apply Larsen's approach for my next proposal
The author provides practical advice and more than a little introduction into the "business" of publishing--and that is one of the
principles the reader of this book will come to understand. Simply being a good writer does not assure one of a publisher; the succesful writer
must show a publisher that her book is a good business proposition. Larsen's book can help you do that. In this light, you won't find any tricks or shortcuts. What you will find
is solid advice on how to put together a good book proposal, the key ingredient being a lot of hard work. I recommend this to friends who say they want to write.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 1998
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Just as a feature film may have a marketing budget as big as the production budget, publishers want to know how YOU are going to market your book, if they publish it. It's all about marketing, and Michael's approach nearly guarantees success if your book has any potential. The proposal to get an advance is harder to write than the book, in my opinion. This book just makes it easier, faster, and more effective. Saves you hours, gets you lots of money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Jun. 1999
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I edited a book proposal for my first time using the step by step instructions in Mr. Larsen's book. The proposal was shopped around to all the major publishing houses in New York City. All 10 wanted the book. My client was able to choose the publishing house! The best news is -- she got a $90,000 advance, which is virtually unheard of for an unknown author! If you want results, follow Mr. Larsen's recipe!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 1998
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Michael's unique perspective on the topic illustrates the proper procedure to gain notice of your book. Logical, practical and informative, this is a real all-star "How to..." book.
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