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

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Why Waste Time on Feedback?

If a doctor wanted to do surgery on your back, you would most likely get a second opinion from another doctor. After all, you want to make sure you’re doing the right thing.
The same goes for your book idea. Your instincts might tell you it’s a good one, but you need to get a second opinion before you send out that all-important query letter.
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PUBLISHING PITFALLS
There is no such thing as a B+ in publishing, or even an A-. You have to get an A+ the first time out. The worst thing you can say is, “I know my idea needs work, but I wanted you to see it right away.” Agents and editors don’t have time to read material ...

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