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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 2
Test-Run Your Project
In This Chapter
• Why feedback is important
• Joining a writers’ group
• Finding a writers’ conference
A truism: Your friends and family are predisposed to love your idea. Another truism: They might not be right.
Let’s face it, people who love you will probably love your idea. However, family, friends, or even business colleagues may not be in the position to give you an accurate and honest appraisal of your work. The goal is to improve your work—both your writing and your submission materials. You need to get your material as smart and polished as possible to get the attention of busy publishing professionals. And don’t forget, there are hundreds—and maybe more—writers who are your competition, all trying ...

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