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

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First Things First

The fundamentals for all query letters stay pretty much the same, despite the category. Your nonfiction proposal should be ready before you start querying agents. A good technique is to read your proposal, pull out the three to five most persuasive points, and make them the core of your query presentation. You need to start with a “hook” to grab the agent or editor’s attention, work in the reasons for your book and why you should write it, and, ultimately, leave him asking for more.

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