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

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E-Mail Query Do’s and Don’ts

Understanding the basic structure of an e-mail query is one thing, but there are still a few tips to keep in mind to ensure that your e-mail is polished and professional—and, most important of all, gets a positive response.

Typos and Grammatical Errors

Glaring errors like typos and grammatical mistakes will get you noticed—in the wrong way. Remember, this is an industry that celebrates the written word. If you can’t get the basic elements right at the start, an agent won’t have confidence in your ability to write a whole book. Yes, there is spell-check function and a grammar checker, and you should use it, but we all know how mistakes slip through that program. Don’t let your hard work get sidelined because of ...

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