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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Book Proposals & Query Letters by Coleen O'Shea, Marilyn Allen

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Part 2
The Query Letter
What exactly is a query letter—and why is it so important? Easy: it’s the first impression an agent or editor has of you and your work. This part gives you everything you need to write a query letter that gets noticed—from grabbing the attention of an editor or agent from the very first sentence to seamlessly adding facts or statistics, from clearly and concisely showing the need for this book to showcasing your marketability as an author and expert. We even give you a checklist to make sure you have all the right elements in your letter before you press Send!

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