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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 6
The Nonfiction Query Letter
In This Chapter
• Learning the fundamentals of nonfiction queries
• Highlights of good query writing
• Sample query letters for different categories
Nonfiction is a broad term. Its literal definition is anything that isn’t fiction, which means it’s based on fact. This encompasses a lot of territory, from cookbooks to true crime, memoirs to travel, and history to test prep … any fact-based books. The best way to start to write a successful nonfiction query letter is to know what subcategory best describes your nonfiction work.

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