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Saturday, September 05, 2015

Book Proposal Reading for the Success of Your Book

My online writing friend Patricia Fry has published a book in direct competition with my useful little booklet The Great First Impression Book Proposal and I don't even care! That's because it's always been my mantra that an author should always read more than one book on any given subject. But it's also because her book does something that no other how-to on book proposals does just as mine does. Hers delves into different aspects of proposals best used for different genres.  Mine aims more at learning to write a proposal very quickly using a certain organization plan seldom suggested in book proposal how-to books and making it oh-so-easy for an agent or publisher to learn what he or she needs quickly. Thus I am recommending it.  In fact, you'll also see that I gave her an endorsement for it!  And keep reading if you love cats and/or mysteries!  This is how Patricia explains her new release:

 So you want to write a book, get it published, and achieve a measure of success. Do you know why over eighty-one percent of authors fail? It’s for the same reason that businesses fail; there is no viable plan. In business, it would be a business plan. In publishing we write a book proposal.
You are the CEO of your book and it’s vital that you take charge. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can enter the fiercely competitive publishing arena as a hobby. It’s essential that you look at publishing as a business and the book proposal is a crucial element to your ultimate publishing success whether you go with a traditional publisher, publish through a “pay-to-publish” company, or become an independent publisher.  
Before you ever start writing that book, read my brand new book: Propose Your Book, How to Craft Persuasive Proposals for Nonfiction, Fiction, and Children’s Books (Allworth Press).

Propose Your Book provides all the basics of crafting a successful book proposal from a fresh, yet professional perspective, but it delivers more—much more. This is the only book proposal book I’m aware of that speaks specifically to each author no matter your book’s genre or topic. I’ve included chapters for authors of fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books as well as several specific genres and topics: memoirs, young adult books, travel books, inspirational, how-to, self-help, cookbooks, and more.

Propose Your Book offers a clear understanding of the book proposal process in today’s fiercely competitive publishing climate. It includes:
·         The most up-to-date concepts in writing a book proposal
·         Insider tips from the agents and publishers
·         Examples of actual proposals from publishers’ files
·         Separate chapters for authors of specific topics/genres

What are the experts saying?

“Patricia Fry’s book on how to craft persuasive proposals is the first I have seen that tailors ideas for specific genres—travel books to young adult novels—in very specific ways! And the chapter on ‘The Psychology of a Book Proposal from the Publisher’s POV!’ is absolutely breathtaking! After reading this book, authors everywhere will suddenly start taking the writing of a proposal more seriously!”
 ~ Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of the multi award-winning Frugal Book Promoter and Frugal Editor
“To learn a skill like book proposal creation, I want to turn to someone like Patricia Fry who is aware of the current market needs, authoritative, detailed and honest. Read this book and follow the instructions, then an editor or literary agent will want to champion and sell your submission.”
--W. Terry Whalin, bestselling author of more than 60 books including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams
“A valuable ‘how-to’ book filled with practical, uncomplicated information that will transform an ordinary proposal into a powerful, persuasive document. This is a must read for any author who is serious about getting published.”
 --Brian Jud, author of Beyond the Bookstore and How to Make Real Money Selling Books

Order your print or e-copy now!
Patricia Fry has been writing for publication for over 40 years. She is the author of 53 books, many of them on publishing and book promotion, including, Publish Your Book, Promote Your Book, and Talk Up Your Book. She is the past executive director of SPAWN (Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network) and the publisher at Matilija Press (established in 1983). She is also the author of the highly successful Klepto Cat Mystery series http://amzn.to/1kAI8I2

News For Your Reading Pleasure
 Klepto Cat Mystery # 8 is now available in print! Order The Gallery Cat Caper. http://amzn.to/1kAI8I2

BIG News
A Klepto Cat Mystery Christmas Story is coming!!!
A Picture Purrfect Christmas will debut in both Print and for your Kindle for your Christmas-reading pleasure and gift-giving. Watch for the announcement mid-October.

Happy Writing and Reading

Patricia Fry, author, book editor, consultant:
Books by Patricia Fry:

Author of the Klepto Cat Mysteries
Available now: "Catnapped," "Cat-Eye Witness,"
"Sleight of Paw," "Undercover Cat" "The Colony Cat Caper"
"Celebrity Cat Caper"  "The Corral Cat Caper" "The Gallery Cat Caper," "Mansion of Meows,"
"PAWtners in Crime," and "PAWSitively Sinister"and NEW "The Purrfect Lie" at Amazon.com 

----- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .


  1. Thank you, Carolyn, for sharing the news with your readers. Wow! What a rich and generous blog you provide for authors. I'll post a link at my blog.

  2. I would love that. I try to pass along news that will help fellow authors. Your book will!

  3. That is why most writers fail. They don't treat it as a business. Of course, most people are employees and they've never run a business in their life, so they have no clue.


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