Book Proposal

By Christopher Zoukis Killing God’s Enemies relates the origin, history and activities of the church of Christian Identity and its violent outgrowth called the Phineas Priesthood.  In doing so, the book reveals the group’s philosophy of hate; their methodology, which is death to all blacks, Jews, homosexuals and abortionists; and their goal, which is an […]

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E. M. Cioran

By Christopher Zoukis  Image courtesy amazon.com

It sits in the elongated, latticed shade of the Eiffel Tower.  Stippled with Gothic architecture:  ribbed vaults sit like blackened bones of whales, flying buttresses which paralyze viewers with indecision, pointed arches which could summon convenient elemental spirits if need be, and steep roofs down which certain arcane energies slide.  No longer au courant in today’s hypercivilized world, all this Gothicism pushes back the odor of progress.  But you must agree it has a certain charm.

Here is the palpable reality of the doctrine of worth through magnitude.  The prevailing virtues here are bigger, better and more flamboyant.  All this Gothic architecture shouts of sophisticated hylotheism, which states that matter is God and that there is no God except matter. 

All that matters here and now is the fancy hem of matter – the ornate tombstones – under which the residents reside.

The tourists come, tiptoe around, and look.  They don’t say much, and when they do they whisper.  For here words are stale, emotion spends its force against nothing.  For here are the dead, and the famous.  The dead famous, the famously dead.

Gothic cemeteries have a smell, the scent of smooth bourbon and vanilla flavored Cavendish tobacco.  The odor of an elusive familiarity.  It mixes with sounds half-muffled by massive Gothic monuments – low arias for the dead.  All together, the sights, the sounds, the scents, they form a necessary overcompensation.  For the dead are not interesting, only their lives are interesting.  Embarrassed, they make up for their present humdrum condition by not-so-subtle sensory hallucinizers.  

It is Montparnasse Cemetery.  The place of petrified history.  The French know it as Cimetiere du Montparnasse, located in the 14th arrondissement of Paris.

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Book Proposal

By Christopher Zoukis African-American gangs emerged in the Los Angeles area during the 1920s and 1930s.  By the late 1960s, a gang called the Baby Avenues was created in South Central L.A.  Like the monster Frankenstein, the Baby Avenues were the creation of a single individual – Raymond Washington aka ‘Ray-Ray.’  The Baby Avenues eventually […]

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Book Proposal: Silk

By Christopher Zoukis Silk will peel back the noise and mystique that have grown up around Wayne Perry.  Silk will expose the truth about the most infamous gangster to ever walk the streets of Washington D.C., which is also known as Drama City and/or Chocolate City.  Wayne ‘Silk’ Perry has been called by some the […]

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Chapter Summaries for a Proposed Marketing Book

By Christopher Zoukis

Introduction

The introduction presents three primary goals of the book. Each of the three goals is briefly examined. The importance of understanding the psychological make-up of potential customers is discussed.

Chapter 1: Identifying Affluent Customers

This chapter defines three different affluence levels. The levels are based on yearly income: $200,000 +, $1 million +, $5 million +. The chapter also explains that affluent customers use their money differently than the middle class. Goods, services and products commonly purchased by the affluent are presented. 

Chapter 2: Affluent Women

This chapter tells why affluent women purchase luxury goods. The psychology of female customers is different than that of male customers. Therefore, selling to women requires a different approach. How to sell to affluent women is discussed, along with the vast opportunities of targeting female customers. For example, women are more adept at perceiving emotions in people’s faces. Women are also better at multi-tasking because they are less channeled into one way of thinking than men. Men are better at reading maps, according to research presented in Newsweek. Which means both genders are emotional and spontaneous in making purchases. The difference lies in communication. These differences will be discussed. BMW was one of the first auto manufacturers to recognize and capitalize on this gender difference. Chapter two also delineates ‘beauty’ as a product that can be packaged as an idea and sold. How selling status to women is different than selling status to men.

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Write A Killer Book Proposal

By Christopher Zoukis

Every non-fiction writer needs to know how to write a killer book proposal, because that’s how you get a publishing contract and a nice advance.  A book proposal is composed of seven sections.  Three of those seven sections make up the ‘killer’ elements of your book proposal, so those three sections must be fabulous.

The seven sections are:  

1.  The introduction, which is a one paragraph summary of your book.  The introduction needs to pique the editor’s interest, so he wants to read more.

2.  Purpose, which some writers call “the book hook.”  This is one of the three ‘killer’ parts of your proposal, so make it dazzling.  The Purpose of your book is a one-sentence summary of your book that hooks the editor like a fish.  For example:  Queen of L.A. examines the extravagant life of Gladys Root, one of the first feminists, and the most successful female attorney in U.S. history.

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Book Proposal: Bad Company

By Christopher Zoukis

There’s a small town in Ohio.  The town’s name is Dublin, after the famous city in Ireland.  Commonly described as ‘rustic,’ which is a quaint way of saying ‘countrified’ and ‘unsophisticated,’ Dublin – the one in Ohio, not the other one – is headquarters for Wendy’s International.  Most people have heard of the hamburger chain.  What they haven’t heard of is another big firm in the same city.

National Century Financial Services.  Started in 1991, this outfit soon became the nation’s largest purchaser of hospital, physician and other health care receivables.  It works like this.  NCFE buys the accounts receivable of small hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes.  Because of their small sizes, all of these health-care providers are having money problems.  They are desperate.

National Century steps in, giving them cash to cover their expenses so they can stay in business.  The health-care providers win because they don’t have to wait for insurance companies to pay them.  They get most of their money now, and don’t have to mess with the frustrating job of dealing with stingy insurance companies.

National Century wins because they keep a fee or percentage of any money they collect from the insurance companies.  Then NCFE puts all the accounts they bought into a kitty and sells them in the form of asset-backed securities to huge institutional investors like money market funds, or retirement funds. 

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