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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Chapter 1
Does Your Book Project Have What It Takes?
In This Chapter
• The reality of writing and publishing a book
• Pre-query “musts” for fiction and nonfiction
• Originality, credibility, and finding an audience
• Book proposal elements in brief
• The crucial author platform
• The importance of a catchy title
Tell anyone at a cocktail party, a wedding, a family dinner, or even the break room in your workplace that you are a writer and you will find, at one time or another, someone who wants to share his or her idea about writing a book:
“I have a great idea for a novel!” “I got a thousand hits on YouTube!” “I always wrote great papers in high school!” “I always wanted to be a writer!” “Everyone tells me I should write a book!”
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