Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Empty Box (That Was Supposed to be Full!)

About a week ago, I ordered another case of Book Proposals That Sell. I speak about book proposal creation at various conferences and bring this book to the event. If you check the link to the Amazon page, you will see this book has over 100 Five Star reviews. The most recent review at this writing was on July 2nd. I'm thrilled so many people have used the contents of this book to gain a traditional publisher or a literary agent.

Right away my publisher sent the box of books into the U.S. postal system. It arrived and was supposed to be packed with books. Except it had a problem—the bottom of the box was folded and other than a small piece of Styrofoam, it was empty.

The Styrofoam I understand because it normally fills out the little space in the box so the books arrive in perfect condition. The people at my mailbox had never seen such a package arrive in this shape.

I called my publisher—and they had never had this type of thing happen. The publisher is going to try and recover the missing books and will be shipping me a replacement case right away. As you can tell from my forthcoming speaking schedule, I have a number of events where I will need these books.

If you want to quickly get the book and don't care if you read a paperback or the Ebook version, here's where you can get the Ebook. I wrote this book as a frustrated acquisitions editor to help writers produce the type of proposals that agents and editors need. Since I wrote the book years ago, not every detail in it is correct (such as some of the links) and some other information.

Several months ago I updated the contents of the Ebook version but the printed book has not caught up. I've offered the revision to my publisher when he reprints the book but I'm unsure how long that will take to happen—since to date he has not requested my revisions. If you haven't read the book, I encourage you to get the electronic version because it comes with my no questions asked guarantee and a variety of bonuses. Plus you can instantly receive it (no waiting for the mail). 

No matter how you read this book, I'm always thrilled to hear from people who have read it and taken action on the contents—-and gained a book contract or a literary agent. It's one of the key reasons I wrote the book—to improve the quality of book proposals and submissions. 

Writers, editors, agents and even readers of books gain from this activity. Here's to writing the next bestseller.

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At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous Left a note...

I just want to tell readers that I purchased this book a couple of years ago, and was so impressed I regularly recommend it to writers who ask about being published.

The great thing about Book Proposals that Sell is it's even more timely given the recent paradigm shift in book publishing. Now, more than ever before, it's tough to get published. This book will definitely get readers one step closer who apply its principles.


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