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

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When They Offer Feedback

Repeat after us: feedback is good. Unfortunately, not every writer believes it. Some writers reject feedback as criticism. But agents and editors work on a lot of books and they can offer valid direction. Salespeople look at rejection as one step closer to a sale. This might be a healthy way for you to look at it, too. Think of it this way: if an editor or agent took the time to send you feedback on your book idea rather than a rejection form letter, he believes enough in your book to suggest how to make it better. Just because your query is rejected doesn’t mean it is a bad idea; it may be market conditions that prompted the decision. Or perhaps an agent can’t take on another sugar addiction book at this time.
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