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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 16
The Nonfiction Writing Sample
In This Chapter
• Why the writing sample can seal the deal
• How to put together your writing sample
• Making your sample work for you
• Good and not-so-good writing samples
Finally! Your proposal is almost done. All that’s left is the writing sample. Easy, right? Not necessarily. Your writing sample is the very last section an agent or editor reads, and it has to sing. This writing sample will show whether or not you can write, and whether or not you have what it takes to deliver a whole book. (This chapter deals with nonfiction proposals. For fiction proposals, where the rules are different, and for guidance on shaping a fiction writing sample, see Chapter 17.)
That is not a trivial concern, by ...

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