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

Sound Advice

978-1-61599-676-6
$24.95
How to Help Your Child with SPD, Autism and ADHD from the Inside Out
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UPC: 978-1-61599-676-6
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Author: Robin C. Abbott
Pages: 236
Publication Date: 07/01/2022

When the inner ear's ability to sense sound and movement breaks down during early life, there can be wide-ranging developmental consequences. Sound Advice integrates the personal stories of a pediatric occupational therapist with current science on why some children struggle to learn and adapt. Sound Advice explores these often therapeutically ignored senses as the gateway to the brain. Treating them can help children with SPD, autism and ADHD more easily connect with the world around them. Take "Sound Advice" on:

  • The hidden functions of hearing in paying attention
  • The "background" sensation of the vestibular system
  • How glitches in sensory systems can derail normal development
  • Developmentally-effective therapies and interventions
  • Empowering yourself to support your child's way of learning about the world

"When I began my SPD journey with my daughter, there was almost nothing for parents who knew their child struggled, but had nowhere to turn to for answers. Over the years, after many other parents shared their stories and fabulous resources like Robin's book, the world of SPD isn't a mystery anymore. Including Sound Advice on your SPD reference shelf is a must."
-- Chynna Laird, author of The Sensory Processing Diet: One Mom's Path of Creating Brain, Body and Nutritional Health for Children with SPD

"Why does your child struggle? In her highly informative and readable book, Robin Abbott uses her extensive clinical experience and keen powers of observation to help you look into your child's mind, sense the world the way he or she does, and, with this new understanding, seek out the most effective therapies."
--Susan R. Barry, PhD, author of Fixing My Gaze and Coming to Our Senses, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Neuroscience, Mount Holyoke College

"A book I definitely recommend to all parents and professionals who want to know why sound and the auditory system play such key roles in the development of a child's self-awareness and motor, learning and social skills. Sound Advice is an accessible, engaging and practical book written by someone at the front line of helping kids with an obvious sense of care. A much-needed text at a time when sound-based therapies are becoming more popular while still little understood. A book for your must-read list."
--Paul Madaule, author of When Listening Comes Alive

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