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  • By Laura Cross on March 20, 2010

    The title of "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Business Books" is misleading, since the book doesn't actually teach the reader how to write a business book. Only 10 pages of the book (in the brief chapter "Voice, Point of View, and Style") deal with any aspect of writing a book.Instead the author provides material (divided into six sections) on:* Testing your business book idea* Writing your proposal and sample chapter* Finding an agent and other helpers* Finding a publisher and negotiating a contract* Writing and publicizing your book* Using your published book to enhance your careerAnd while the content is well presented, I am left wondering, "Where is the material promised by the book's title?" There are much better, and more thorough, books on the topics of:Developing book proposals: "Bulletproof Book Proposals" by Pam Brodowsky and Eric Neuhaus, Michael Larson's "How To Write a Book Proposal", or "Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write" by Elizabeth LyonFinding a literary agent: "How To Get A Literary Agent" by Michael LarsonPublicizing and marketing your book: "From Book To Bestseller" by Penny Sansevieri, Steve Weber's "Plug Your Book", and "1001 Ways To Market Your Books" by John KremerToo bad "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Writing Business Books" doesn't deliver on the topic of writing business books - I'm sure many entrepreneurs aspiring to write business books could use a good business book-writing manual.

  • By Tim Purdie on October 15, 2014

    You wouldn't think picking up this book would really work, but I'm proof that it does. Two years ago my co-author's wife was tired of hearing her husband and I talk about 'someday' writing a book and picked it up at a local book shop and handed it to him / us. A quick read and following the instructions landed us several publishing contract offers within a few weeks of our proposal submission. We ultimately landed with McGraw Hill Professional. Thank you Judy Bass, our awesome Sr. Editor who pointed out that our proposal was one of the best thought out she had received in her long editorial career. While our book is awesome (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0071817662/ref=s9_psimh_gw_p14_d1_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1ZKD0AJ3DMADYBWE4Y9E&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846), it wouldn't have gotten published if we hadn't taken the advice in this book and followed through. Bert Holtje has had a long career in publishing, and his advice was worth the price of admission. I highly recommend the book to anyone who has great material and wants to know how to organize it so publishers will have an easy time saying yes to you.


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