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

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Query Letter Highlights

Before we go into category-specific query letters, let’s briefly go over the highlights for good query letter writing. (Review Chapter 3 for query letter basics, Chapter 4 for sending an e-mail query, and Chapter 5 for sending a “snail mail” query.)
• Aim for a one-page query letter or about 150 words if using e-mail.
• Do your research. Become knowledgeable about your category. Find out what books are selling and why. Understand how your project fits in the category. Make sure you can answer the question: “Why does the world need my book?”
• Grab their attention right from the start.Pull out a key fact, statistic, or trend from your proposal, one that will stop the agent in her tracks and demonstrate both the audience ...

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