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

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Beyond Formatting

Understanding the structure of a snail mail query letter gives you the professional edge you need when writing to a stranger. But adding a few extras to the presentation can make your letter stand out from the rest.

All Stamps Are Not Alike

It’s important to remember that this is a business correspondence and standard-issue postage stamps are best. This isn’t the time to showcase your personally designed stamp featuring your puppy.

A Basic Font

There are hundreds of different fonts and point sizes you can use, but for a query letter, stick with the neutral basics. Here are several of the most popular fonts we’ve seen in query letters and proposals:
• Times New Roman
• Courier
• Arial
• Tahoma
• Microsoft Sans Serif
• Verdana ...

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