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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 11
The Book Proposal Overview
In This Chapter
• Understanding why an overview is so important
• Learning the elements that make up a winning overview
• Writing an overview that shows your enthusiasm!
• Overview do’s and don’ts
Before you go any further, take a moment to pick up a book and read the first few pages. Do the words grab you right from the start? Do you find yourself becoming absorbed in the story? Do you want to read more? Whether it is a romance novel or an auto repair manual, those first few pages have to draw you in.
It’s not that much different for a book proposal. Those first few pages have to grab the agent’s attention and make her want to turn the page. It has to be provocative, compelling, and readable. If it ...

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