This week I’m going to share another installment of our popular column, World’s Worst Book Proposals. Yes, we can learn from others’ mistakes! Featured below are real quotes from book proposals submitted to me over the past year.
An email pitch:
I will be comming to you with a title sometime in the new year. Title is:
The author’s short book description:
It discribe the need for prayer and the daily application of one that is in search for god. It is focus on women that is in need of encouragement and are experiencing various issues
I’m speechless about this one:
president invades sevral countries in the middle east his familly cabinet the rest of country stands by his side but is not sure how things will turn out
A professionelly written book.
This author was trying to convince us to publish his book. However, his enemies statement makes it clear he not being honest.
I believe in myself not through pure ego but in that my family, friends — Hell, even my enemies — are begging me to publish my work.
I apologize for the lengthy introduction, but I felt it necessary for you to see that I intend to build an intensly wealthy future, purely on the words I write. It is my greatest skill and my strongest passion. I have dreams so large I myself will not venture to imagine them in full, but I am realistic in that I know I must start small.
This is the very first line of the book:
He is sweating an nervous as he tries to stick the room card in the door, then nervously drops the brief case he has tucked under his arm.
Description of a one-page (yes, one page!) “ebook”:
Hair Loss is one of the most major problems faced by men and women today.(Name of book) present various solutions that can prevent hair loss and helps in maintaining healthy hair.
This author was describing the publishing process:
It can be a daughting task
From the first line of the book:
Even asleep his fingers curled into fists, each white nuckle pulsing under the strain
When we asked for a 40-word description of their book, the author typed this:
(My book is) a suspence, thriller, mystery, romance, It will capitivate its auddince. Each chapter is a cliffhanger. My book is one that readers can feel all the emotions of each charter their happness of falling in love and their pain when it comes to an end. Most readers will be able in some way relate to charters in the book. It is a must read. Ophra’s Winfre’s online website stated your publishing company is on of the best.
For more, see the previous installment of World’s Worst Book Proposals HERE.