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

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Genre-Specific Approaches

Every genre has special themes, formats, plot options, or features, and if you want to write in that genre, you need to know what they are. If you’re writing an Amish romance, for example, it’s okay to have the Amish heroine fall in love with an “Englischer,” but it’s not okay to have her marry outside the faith. Either the love interest must decide to embrace the Amish ways, or the heroine must realize she loves someone inside the Old Order and her passion for the Englischer was just an infatuation. There are similar rules for every genre. (See Chapter 17 for more about genre fiction.)

Children’s Books

You’ll need to add the reading grade level if you’re writing about a children’s book. You should also specify if ...

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