Saturday, May 9, 2009

Michael Larsen How To Write A Book Proposal

Michael Larsen's, How to write a book proposal. Wow!

I salute Michael Larsen for authoring this informative and inspiring book. This book, at this moment shall stand up first class in my mind, especially when I am thinking of writing a book proposal. To me, a required reference.

I first read a guideline to writing a book proposal supplied by a local publishing house 3 weeks ago. It is dry and demanding. Such a guide can literally discourage potential and aspiring individuals to never author a book at all. Those who are about to write the last line in the last chapter, and when it comes to writing a proposal thinking of the need to grovel book publishers may quit sooner than later.

I then read a few more on how to write a book proposal. Yes, most are informative. Yet I am sadden to read books coming from publishers especially who seem to box lots of money allocation for authors but promising these book authors with 'you can come but you won't get this money.'

Michael Larsen's How to write a book proposal is informative. Yet, the information are well-organized, solid, meaningful, and more than complete, as he shares extra points I could not find printed in other books on the same topic.

As a steer of the Malaysian book industry, I respect the line of thought Micheal Larsen has sincerely chosen to share. The inspiration part. Words he used in this book touch deep the trigger point in an aspiring author's heart.

I am not surprise when a potential author reading this book, then immediately prepare a book proposal to a superb completion.

Of course there are more in this book. As a matter of highlighting, I have chosen in this review to conclude that I am more than fully informed, and best, I am inspired.

I am now able to write a book proposal with ease, excitement, joy and better than the required standard of my country's book proposal guidelines. More than this, I can now also assist others to do the same.

Michael Larsen, I thank you.

Friday, May 8, 2009


I received this information a moment ago. I am delighted.

May 7, 2009


Notes from Idaho

A Mall-Sized OBCZ in Malaysia

We recently heard from 1 Utama, one of the largest shopping centres in Malaysia. The fine folks there love the BookCrossing concept. They've decided to make a section of the mall an official BookCrossing Zone (OBCZ). Their aim is to both encourage the culture of reading and to increase awareness of BookCrossing among Malaysians. MPH Bookstores, is now a part of this venture, providing 50 books (new releases) to be released at the Zone complete with cozy furniture, bookcases, lamps and sofas. "We are extremely excited to be part of BookCrossing, and this is a small role on the part of MPH to support the government's continuous efforts to cultivate and promote reading habits among Malaysians," explained Dato’ Ng Tieh Chuan, Chief Executive Officer of MPH Group of Companies Malaysia.

1 Utama is telling shoppers about BookCrossing via posters, flyers, emails and media announcements. Ballycumber, the BookCrossing running book logo has taken prominence in all the communication materials. Mall foot traffic has been an estimated 2.16 million visitors a month. Heather Pedersen, BookCrossing Co-Founder said about the project, "We are thrilled to grow BookCrossing's community in Malaysia. Through this partnership, BookCrossing continues to build its global vision of providing local communities with a forum and platform for book sharing. Together we can help shape a better world through literacy." And we're sure the over 2,000 BookCrossers in Malaysia will agree.

From a Steer point of view I know we are still far from having our own, meanwhile we fill such goodness at the best corners of our shopping mall.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Book Authoring To Express Or To Impress?


Well, I read this piece and it is wise...

The Three Quickest (and Easiest) Ways to Improve Your Writing

by Debra Koontz Traverso

Copyright 2002-2009 Debra Koontz Traverso. All rights reserved in all media.

The content of this article may be forwarded in full without special permission provided it is used for not-for-profit purposes and full attribution and copyright notice are given. For all other purposes, contact Debra Koontz Traverso at

Want to improve your writing? Then set your goal to be to express, not to impress. To get you started, try these three easy tips:

1. Be brief

Robert Southey said, "If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is as with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condensed, the deeper they burn."

And oh, as writers, how we do want our words to burn — into the souls of our readers.

Unfortunately, we often think that the more words we give, the greater that burn will be. Fact is, just the opposite is true — tightly written, colorful, descriptive, and pared-down prose will burn into readers' hearts and minds more quickly than rambling, redundant and unnecessary text. Why? Several reasons: The shorter your writing, the better chance it has of being read. And, people enjoy prolific people: saying the same thing with fewer words as opposed to many words brands you as prolific, not the fact that you know a thousand multi-syllabic words. And finally, it's easier to remember three pithy words than it is 10 that wander about.

The concept that "less is more" may have started in architecture but could not be more appropriate in our writing.

2. Be clear

Be aware that many words carry both connotative and denotative meanings, which can mean subtle, yet significant differences between what you meant to say and how readers interpret your meaning. As the following delightful poem points out, your positive denotative words may carry with them some negative connotative interpretations. What words might you be using that confuse your readers?

Call a woman a kitten, but never a cat;
You can call her a mouse, cannot call her a rat;
Call a woman a chick, but never a hen;
Or you surely will not be her caller again.

You can call her a duck, cannot call her a goose;
You can call her a deer, but never a moose;
You can call her a lamb, but never a sheep;
Economic she likes, but you can't call her cheap.

(Note: And by the way, this is one of those millions of little ditties that skip around cyberland without accompanying attribution or contact information. If anyone can verify the author/origin of this poem, please let me know as I would love to give appropriate credit.)

3. Be a storyteller

If you want to grab attention, then tell a story. Whether you're writing a brochure to sell leather, a Web site to discuss water-proof rain gear, or a book about a famous podiatrist, tell a story rather than merely listing rote facts, such as the features of the boots that a foot doctor would recommend.

Instead, tell readers how these same boots were worn, thanks to a trusted doctor's recommendation, by a weary bush pilot in sub-zero Alaskan weather and how they saved him from certain frostbite after his plane crashed in the remote northern-most portion of the state.

Stories grab and hold attention. And, they intrigue readers to keep reading until the story's happy — or bittersweet — end.

Bottom Line: If you write to express rather than to impress, then your writing will automatically be more impressive.

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Debra Koontz Traverso, M.A., is a creative and commercial writer, public speaker and consultant, having published several books and hundreds of articles. She also serves as a guest instructor at Harvard University and as adjunct faculty at her local community college. She can be reached at

Copyright 2002-2009 Debra Koontz Traverso. All rights reserved in all media.

The content of this article may be forwarded in full without special permission provided it is used for not-for-profit purposes and full attribution and copyright notice are given. For all other purposes, contact Debra Koontz Traverso at

I found the above, here:

Attribution: © 2002-2009 Beth Mende Conny. Beth Mende Conny is the founder of and the author of more than four dozen books and collections.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Pathway Book Service

Book Fulfillment Since 1978 • Publishing Since 1959


Pathway’s services are covered by a flat fee based on net sales. There is no set-up fee (aside from a nominal start-up fee to get the client’s books into the Pathway system), no per-pallet charges for excess inventory, no monthly fees vs. dollar value of active inventory, and no ‘in and out’ fees, etc. Subject to credit references, a security deposit may be required, refundable upon satisfactory payment record. The flat fee does not include shipping charges which, normally, are paid by a client’s customer and, therefore, are a ‘wash’ nor the bank’s credit card validation charges. And, for now, an energy surcharge has to be added. Bottom line, no surprises.

What does the flat fee include?

More info here:


Pathway Book Service
PO Box 89
4 White Brook Road
Gilsum, NH 03448
Toll Free: 1-800-345-6665
Fax: 603-357-2073

BeBook eReader

Information found here:
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