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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 4
The E-Mail Query Letter
In This Chapter
• Make your first cyber impression count
• Creating a subject line that commands “Open!”
• Keeping it professional
• Grabbing their attention with concise, targeted content
• E-mail query letter do’s and don’ts
Once upon a time, an aspiring writer sat down at a typewriter with a stack of paper and a supply of Wite-Out on the desk and laboriously banged out a query letter—which might have taken one full day or longer to produce.
No more. Although writing a “snail mail” query letter is occasionally the way to go, as we’ll discuss in Chapter 5, today’s publishing entry of choice is an electronic submission via e-mail. That means coming up with more than just a good grasp of grammar and a terrific ...

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