Today, 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 few months.
I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried… From the first page of the book –
I had the car, talked and talked without stopping his car in a folder while Nacho was preparing a cocaine stripes. The guy never stopped talking and look in the rearview mirror, saw the leering Beatrice’s friend Nacho and as he undressed with his eyes, trying to decipher whether Beatriz wearing thong panties or Nothing.
From the book proposal –
Don’t miss out on these valuable life lesson!”
When complimenting our company, this author wrote:
You are the vessel that channelises & encourages Self Publishing Autors.
Spell check was broken, perhaps?
He is well liked by all the Beverly Hills neglected housewifes.
Is the keyboard missing all the punctuation keys?
she is a drug addict her mother does not know that her daughters father is bring drugs in her house and is giveing them to mia
Needs more than spell check!
I need to up date and edat my book.
I am very excited and know that anyone who watches will loose all oxygen to breathe after laughing so histarically tell the end!
I am a first time writter. As you all read my story. Please feel the calling I have on my life to take citys and transform nations to help others like myself.
This was the author’s response to my gentle rejection letter –
it doesn’t as u are obviously judgmental….ive published 3 books, lone with Knopf..and won several national award NEA etc /u are censoring books…its disturbing..i need to know the laws of what is now legal.
For more, see the previous installment of World’s Worst Book Proposals HERE.
Angela Hoy is the co-owner of WritersWeekly.com and BookLocker.com. WritersWeekly.com is the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday. According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker.com is: “As close to perfection as you’re going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I’ve ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can’t go wrong here. Plus, they’re selective and won’t publish any manuscript just because it’s accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors’ books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know.”
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