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

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Personalizing Your Query

Once your query letter is written, you can use it over and over again. Simply change the name and address of the person you’re sending it to. There is an important caveat: if your query letter doesn’t elicit a positive response, perhaps it is flawed. You will have to be objective and consider that your letter should be reworked.
Submitting your query may sound easy. Just get the name and address and you’re all set. But there is an art to personalizing your query, too.

Research a Name

In order to ensure your query letter gets into the right hands, you need to get a name. Research is easy today, thanks to the Internet; almost every agent and publishing house has a website.
Research your publishing contact so you put ...

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