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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 17
The Fiction Writing Sample
In This Chapter
• Write about a topic you know and love
• Research the competition
• Know your genre
• Presenting the structure, characters, and action
• Honing your work
• What you need to send to the agent
You love to read, you love to write. What could be more natural than trying your hand at a novel? We say, by all means go ahead! Unlike nonfiction, where you need to thoroughly research and develop your idea but may not need to write more than a sample chapter or two before pitching it to an agent, when you’re writing fiction, you need to write the entire novel or a substantial portion of it before you pitch it. You need to make sure it’s strong enough to publish before you submit it.
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