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

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Keep Building Your Platform

The other important—we’d say vital—step to work on while you’re waiting is to continue building your platform. This will not only strengthen your case with a potential publisher, but it will guarantee sales once the book is in print. Review Chapter 14 on the platform and see how you can put some of these suggestions into practice. Every little bit helps! Here are a few suggestions to keep you busy while you wait to hear:
Build your market. Create a website, build your e-mail list, write a blog on your book’s topic, and join other suitable blogs. Find like-minded people and connect with them.
Try to write for publication. Submit newspaper, magazine, and online articles on your book’s topic. Pitch op-ed articles ...

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