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

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The Waiting Game

Be prepared to wait to hear back about your query. It’s not easy to be patient, but agents and editors are busy people and they’re swamped with submissions. Many agency sites clearly state how long you must be prepared to wait for a response. Don’t contact the agent or editor just a few days after you’ve sent off your letter, thinking you have a good ploy. We’ve heard them all, including: “Did you receive my query letter?” “I was afraid you might not have received my query.” “I forgot to mention that I [know your colleague/received an award/ read an article about my subject].”
Let’s face it, if the agent or editor hadn’t received your letter, you would have had it “returned to sender” or returned to your inbox. And adding a ...

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