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

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The Next Step: The Book Proposal

Now that you’ve been introduced to the query letter, the second part of the process that you will need to master is the book proposal, a selling document that presents your concept, you as the author, your marketing opportunities, and samples of your writing. If an agent or editor responds favorably to your query letter, the next step would then be to submit the book proposal. Think of a proposal as an extended presentation of your topic that your query letter only touched on. It is used to solicit a relationship with an agent to represent your work. She will help you take your project into the publishing marketplace with the goal of generating a contract for your book. Keep in mind that the publisher, not an ...

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