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

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Getting Started

Writing your query letter was just a warm-up for the real work: your book proposal. This is so important that we’ve devoted Part 4 to helping you perfect each of the last seven elements we mentioned in the previous list. The first three elements—the cover letter, title page, and Proposal Table of Contents—are relatively quick and easy to do, so we’ll take a look at each of them here. Try your hand at them to get your proposal off to a good start.

Cover Letter

Agents and editors may receive hundreds of book proposals a month on top of hundreds of queries and, as excited as they might have been when they received your query letter, they might not recollect who you are when you send in the requested proposal. A simple one-page ...

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