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  • Posted May 12, 2011

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    How to Write a Book Proposal, 3rd Edition - not 4th Edition

    New Year's resolution for the seventh consecutive year: Do not purchase any more books about how to write a book, edit a book, publish a book, sell a book, self-publish a book, or read a book until I've actually written a book. Nine out of ten New Year's resolutions are broken by the end of the year so I suppose there is no reason to try to keep this resolution.

    Enter How to Write a Book Proposal (3rd edition) by Michael Larsen. Exit resolution.

    Rather than wax eloquently about Larsen's book (over 100,000 copies sold!), permit me to simply share what I liked and disliked about it.
    I liked that it has been "newly updated and revised." I disliked that Larsen and his publisher remind me of this fact about a million times throughout the book. I liked that it has been "newly updated and revised." I disliked not being able to find the date of the update and revision. According to Amazon this third update and revision happened in 2004. I thought I was reviewing the 4th edition which is the newest new update and revision but, alas, it was the 3rd edition that arrived in the mailbox. All of which is to say, it's pointless for me to continue with my likes and dislikes about the 3rd edition being terribly behind the curve ball in the publishing universe.

    Edition number aside, How to Write a Book Proposal (3rd edition), is not completely obsolete. Larsen included some helpful tips, pertinent examples, and simple trajectory for writing a book proposal that will all but ensure your proposal catches a publisher's roving eye. However, there is little in this 3rd Edition that could not be found on any number of publisher websites for free, which sure beats the $15.99 cover price ($17.99 in Canada) for a now-out-of-date-newly-updated-and-revised-edition.

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  • Posted May 11, 2011

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    How to Write A Book Proposal

    'How to Write A Book Proposal' by Micheal Larson is a classic guidebook on how to write an effective proposal for your book so that it will be published by publishers.

    As an aspiring author, I found that this book is rather useful though I already knew most of the things mentioned in the book.

    The book is rather thick in my opinion, and I think some of the things ought to be ommitted from the book. But then again, it's still a good reference book and I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. Not necessarily a must have in everyone's personal library, but might be helpful for aspiring authors like me.

    Book description:

    With more than 100,000 copies sold, How to Write a Book Proposal has been the go-to resource for getting your work published for almost 25 years. This Writer's Digest classic from literary agent Michael Larsen outlines in a clear step-by-step manner how to create an effective nonfiction book proposal. The 4th edition of the book features information about recent changes in the publishing industry, updated trend information, new sample proposals, a completely updated resources section, and a new chapter on online promotion.

    **Please note that this book is not explicitly Christian in content. If you are looking for a Christian Living titles featuring a large amount of faith-centered content, this titles may not be the best selection for you.

    I received this ARC from Thomas Nelson Publisher. I was not compensated in any ways for writing this review.

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