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

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What to Do While You’re Waiting

Instead of pulling your hair out, biting your nails, or calling your agent every five minutes, there are plenty of things you can do while you’re waiting to hear if a publisher has an interest in your proposal. This waiting period is a hard time for a writer, but you should put the time to good use. What can you do to advance your project while you wait?

Fiction

If it’s a novel and you’ve finished it before submitting the proposal, you can reread; continue researching, revising, and sending it to contacts for their opinions; and/or share it at writers’ conferences, seminars, and workshops. You can plot out the sequel or sequels and start writing the follow-up. If you didn’t plan on sequels, you can think about ...

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