Reader Views on “The Great First Impression Book Proposal” by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Reviewed by Chelsy Scherba for Reader Views (02/2021)

Carolyn Howard-Johnson helps writers tackle the most challenging step to becoming a published author: the book proposal. “The Great First Impressions Book Proposal: Everything You Need to Know About Selling Your Book to an Agent or Publisher in Thirty Minutes or Less” is a brief and to-the-point guide that teaches writers how to successfully market books, gain attention from literary agents, and kickstart their career into a lasting partnership with the publisher.

The Great First Impression Book Proposal

If you think writing a book proposal sounds tedious and bland, Carolyn Howard-Johnson will show you it doesn’t have to be. This guide is rich in valuable content and low on fluff. It’s also not boring! The author’s advice is catered to both fiction and nonfiction writers, and she also includes an example proposal.

The author really knows her craft and has published many different styles and genres. If I were writing a novel right now, I would find this guide an absolute necessity. She literally walks you through every step to create a proposal that will awaken the interest of the most jaded “Gatekeepers,” you know, those people that are paid to weed through all the submissions. She’ll tell you what to include, what to omit, what tense is best, the ideal font, spacing, and techniques to charm agents from the get-go and avoid every author’s worst nightmare: rejection.

In addition to sharing hyperlinks in the E-book to her own collection of published fiction and nonfiction, the author also provides links to books by other authors that she recommends for writers. Anyone who has read one of her books on writing will likely want to pick up another. I particularly enjoy how simple her instructions are to understand. She takes a daunting task and repackages it into a manageable formula for success. She also does it without bogging down readers with unnecessary jargon.

Concise, helpful, and informative from cover to cover, Carolyn Howard-Johnson makes becoming a published author a lot less painful for writers. After reading, you’ll know what editors expect a proposal to look like, have a model proposal to follow as you create your own, and gain valuable skills that you can use repeatedly to improve the art of selling your books.

“The Great First Impression Book Proposal” by Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Beyond the Clouds

978-1-61599-672-8
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An Autoethnographic Research Exploring Good Practice in Crisis Settings
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UPC: 978-1-61599-672-8
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Author: Claudio Mochi
Illustrator: Isabella Cassina
Pages: 136
Publication Date: 07/01/2022

Beyond the Clouds explores the constituent elements of good practice in crisis work, providing theoretical foundations and practical tools in the context of a metaphorical journey through the clouds. Byinvestigating and sharing his own worldwide experience in crisis contexts developed over more than 20 years, the authorstimulates-through metaphors, anecdotes, and personal reflections--the reader's internal exploration.
Beyond the Clouds focuses on the conceptualization of crisis intervention as a co-constructed process, presents the innovative concept of MAP (My Awareness Process),contextualizes the role of the therapeutic power of play and play therapy in crisis settings, and underlines the relevance of symbols,writing, and metaphors in processing experiences and expanding self-knowledge and awareness. Readers will:

  • Explore the dimensions of good practice in crisis work, providing theoretical foundations and practical resources.
  • Appreciate the expressive power of symbols, writing, and metaphors in processing experiences and expanding self-knowledge and awareness.
  • Engage in conceptualizing crisis intervention as a process of co-construction specifying the role of professionals in the field.
  • Start developing the reader's own MAP as a personal guide in crisis work by undertaking a path of introspection.
  • Recognize and uphold the use of the therapeutic power of play and play therapy in crisis settings.
Beyond the Clouds is key reading for students and experienced professionals in the field of humanitarian work and international cooperation who wish to grasp the potential of play and play therapy in crisis contexts, as well as students and professionals from the world of play therapy and creative therapies who are interested in crisis work. Learn more at www.crisisplaytherapy.com (English) or www.play-therapy.ch (Italian)


"Beautifully blending science and theory, Mochi is a master storyteller who, with his vast experience, takes us on his personal journey working in crises intervention. In this highly accessible volume, enhanced by his use of metaphor and stories, Mochi outlines core dimensions of best practices in crisis intervention. A must read-I could not put it down!"
-- Sue C. Bratton, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, Professor Emerita and Director Emerita, Center for Play Therapy, University of North Texas

"Beyond the Clouds is a beautiful gift, an inspiration, and a call to action. The premise of pausing long enough to process the reciprocity between those of us 0who want to be of service and those who are recipients is profound. Claudio is purposeful in his work, and he shares what he has learned 0with great generosity and humility. It transported me; I highly recommend it!"
-- Eliana Gil, Ph.D., Gil Institute for Trauma Recovery & Education, Fairfax, Virginia

From Loving Healing Press www.LHPress.com

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