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

The Frugal Book Promoter - 3rd Ed [PB]

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UPC: 978-1-61599-468-7
Brand: Modern History Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 3rd
Author: Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Pages: 294

The Frugal Book Promoter assures your book gets the best possible start in life, whether your publisher assigns zero dollars or thousands to your book’s marketing campaign. A former publicist, the author provides no-nonsense basics to build the essentials you need to build a time-saving social media campaign and knock’em dead lists of influencers that will be more effective than anything you could buy. Pick and choose from dozens of ideas for promotions that she developed or refined through extensive (and award-winning) book campaigns of her own. Several will match your pocketbook and personality.

"The most expensive part of book promotion are the mistakes. This book will save you time and money."
--Dan Poynter, legendary author of The Self-Publishing Manual

"Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s Frugal Book Promoter is... a classic!"
--Bookbaby.com

"[Carolyn Howard-Johnson is] an incessant promoter who develops and shares new approaches for book promotion."
--Marilyn Ross, founder, Small Publishers of North America and coauthor of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing>

"The Frugal Book Promoter has given me ideas that would never have occurred to me and has changed the way I think about book promotion."
-- Mark Logie, award-winning poet and short-story writer

Carolyn Howard-Johnson (@FrugalBookPromo) is a multi award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction. She is a former publicist for a New York PR firm and a marketing instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She has appeared on hundreds of TV and radio stations both nationally and locally, and her poetry, essays, columns and stories are published frequently in journals and on the web. She admits to loving marketing almost as much as she loves writing.

Learn more at www.HowToDoItFrugally.com
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