The Great First Impression
Everything You Need to Sell Your Book in Thirty
Minutes or Less
published as an Amazon Short
you have little time or patience for learning
what you hate to do, even though what you must do it."
"...you can't go wrong in faithfully following Carolyn
Howard-Johnson's advice in
her INVALUABLE book
Frances Lynn, author of
So, this is it. My new new version of my old
Amazon Short, part of my new booklet series. There are lots of other
books on writing proposals out there. The thing is, writers generally
hate to write proposals. They don't even much want to learn about
writing them. So, why a whole book when you can do it in 20 minutes or
less? The introduction to this new booklet will give you the
whole story behind the writing of it and in the body of this mini book
you'll have the makings of a Great First Impression Book Proposal:
Everything You Need to Sell Your Book in Twenty Minutes or Less.
Unfortunately, Amazon discontinued
their Short program. So I updated
and expanded it as a new edition of
that little e-booklet. It is now available on
Amazon for the pretty good price of
$6.95. to give as a gift. Prime
Amazon members can then get their
e-copy on Amazon FREE. You don't
even have to choose; just go for it!
This is the cover as it was when it
was an Amazon Short.
it! It was clean. A straight-forward
Watch for the new one on the paper
This is the new cover for the
revised and updated booklet
now available on Amazon. I used a template for, it too, because
that's the most frugal way. It allowed me to keep it to $6.95.
It's a booklet for those who write so,
for branding reasons, it has similar a similar look to
Great Little Last-Minute Editing
Hope you like it!
Great First Impression Book Proposal
is now available
as an e-book (that means you
download it immediately
and start to work on your proposal
in thirty minutes).
Scroll down for a
review on the updated booklet from Jennifer Akers.
Here are links for more information on each of Carolyn
Howard-Johnson's major published works for writers.
The Frugal Book Promoter,
my way to share the pitfalls of publishing with other authors in
hope they won't fall into the same potholes I did.
Frugal Editor, second in the HowToDoItFrugally series,
sharing my system for keep editing gremlins at bay.
I put together another fun (yes, editing can be fun!) booklet
as an addendum to The Frugal Editor.
Great Little Last-Minute
Edits for Writers
is available as a little papeback to be used as a gift, an
e-book--even free with your subscription to my SharingwithWriters
Rey Ybarra and I chat at the Irwin Award ceremony.
Rey is host at
The photo is by his director and camera person, Randy Detroit.
What People Are Saying
Great First Impression Book
The Great First
Impression Book Proposal
Marketing is never easy… Well, it
might be if you follow the easy
steps Carolyn Howard-Johnson offers
up in The Great First Impression
Book Proposal: Everything You Need
to Know About Selling Your Book in
Thirty Minutes or Less. Lists! We
love lists. Anyone, almost anyone,
can follow steps and find their
way to success; anyone who has a
good list can anyway. And not all
lists are created equal.
lists are created superior:
easy to understand, easy to
implement, and even easier to read
(She means it when she says thirty
minutes or less). As helpful
information goes those three things
are winners, but she gives us more:
A list of other resources on book
proposals. I will recommend this
book to all of our authors, and
potential authors, at LadybugPress.
Georgia Jones, Editor in Chief,
"...you can't go wrong in
faithfully following Carolyn Howard-Johnson's advice in her INVALUABLE,
very short page book proposal."
author of Crushed
“ concise yet informative
instruction manual on how to write a book proposal, author Carolyn
Howard-Johnson offers a long list of golden-nugget-TO-DOs and smart
ideas which can help guide writers past the Gatekeepers.”
~Kathe Gogolewski, author and artist
just finished reading your Great First Impression Book Proposal. . . . I
like your style and encouragement. I was a bit intimidated about
finishing my book proposal. I was thinking it had to be stiff and
boring. I even have dialogue in mine. I thought I’d have to cut it out.
Now, I’ll probably leave it in.”
Wanza Leftwich, author, blogger
I love [your Great First Impression Book Proposal]! My husband was
amazed at all the info crammed into this short booklet. You could have
charged a lot more. I just revamped my proposal to follow the guidelines
in it for my latest book . . .”
~ Myrna Lou,
"You are what I describe as
an energy-giver. So many people today are energy-drainers."
Helms, author and Dayton University workshop attendee
Before We Get Started
Past our own Arguments—and Past Gatekeepers’ Resistance
Started: The Short Way to the Gate
Your Overview: How to Make Jaded Gatekeepers Want More
Details: How to Make a Gatekeeper Open the Door for You
Clincher: Keeping the Gate Wide Open
Is your Great First Impression Proposal Ready for its Closeup?
Basic query letter sample
Book proposals do more than
sell your books. They help you map your book attack. They help you plan
your marketing campaign. They are mini organizers that no serious author
can do without. Now you don't have to dread the task of learning to
write a proposal. You can learn these skills in only twenty minutes with
Great First Impression Book Proposal..
Find at least one tip on writing, promotion or
tech on every page of this website.
Carolyn Howard-Johnson's Sharing with Writers Newsletter
and get a FREE copy of
Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers
"I have been a professional writer 40 years, and am also a
tenured full professor of journalism. Carolyn's Sharing with
Writers newsletter is most useful for me--and for my
students. I emphasize to them that while research is 90% of
writing, and the actual writing is about 10%, there's another
100% out there called promotion. Carolyn shows numerous ways to
get the message to the mass media."
~Walter Brasch, author
"A decade of bettering writers' careers
with how-tos, tips, and publishing news."
Awards for Carolyn's Books, Blogs and More
The New Book Review
101 Book Blogs
You Need to Read
Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites
for Sharing with Writers blog.
Best Book Award for The Frugal Book Promoter (2004) and The Frugal Editor (2008)
and the Second Edition of The Frugal Book Promoter
Reader Views Literary Award for The Frugal Editor
New Generation Award for Marketing and Finalist for The Frugal Editor
Book Publicists of Southern California's Irwin Award
Military Writers Award of Excellence for
Tracings, A Chapbook of Poetry.
A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotion wins author Military
Writers Society of America's Author of the Month award for March, 2010
Award from Military Writers Society of America, 2010.
MWSA also gave a nod to
Wore Emerald Then,
a chapbook of poetry honoring mothers.
Named #! on Top Ten
Editing Books list.
New Generation Book Awards 2012, The Frugal Book
Promoter, Finalist 2010 The Frugal Editor,
Winner 2010 Marketing Campaign for the Frugal Editor
The Oxford Award
alumna who exemplifies the Delta Gamma precept of
service to her community and who, through the years,
devotes her talents to improve the quality of life
Book Promoter is runner-up in the how-to category for
Los Angeles Book Festival 2012
Winner Diamond Award
for Achievement in the Arts
California's Arts and Culture Commission and the City of
And more than a dozen other awards for Carolyn's novel, short story collection and poetry.
See the awards page on this site.
Sharing with Writers
All things publishing with
an emphasis on book
promotion. Named to
101 Best Website list.
The New Book Review
Great way for readers, authors, reviewers and publicists to get more
mileage out of
a great review.
The Frugal Editor Blog
This is the Frugal, Smart
and Tuned-In Editor blog.
Covers editing, grammar, formatting and more.
Get the answers you need.
Selection of Carolyn's Past
2008, 09, 10, 11
Panel moderator, 2007
National Span College
Fellows presenter, 2007,
Co-sponsor and presenter,
2007, 08, 09, 10, 11
University of Dayton Erma
Bombeck Writers' Conference, 2006, 2008
Sisters in Crime,
Los Angeles Valley College Campus 2012, Rancho
Valley College Spring 2014
Wisconsin Regional Writers Association
Presenter, Keynote 2010
Three Panels 2013
Seminar Speaker, 2014
Keynote, 2013; 2014
Secrets of Great
of more about
Carolyn's conferences and other picks.