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

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Rules of the Paper Trail

There are several rules when it comes to writing a query by snail mail:
• Use a computer keyboard. Publishing is computer-driven, and using a typewriter—or worse, pen and ink—sends a message that you’re living in another century, which could spell problems for the editor. Editors expect manuscripts to be delivered in electronic files written in Microsoft Word—in fact, many publishing contracts specify this—so you should be fluent in Word before you submit a proposal.
• Print on 8½×11” 20-pound paper. Think of the business letters you have received either at work or at home. They might have different logos and different-colored fonts, but they are all on this size and weight paper. It is standard practice.
• Save the blue ...

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